I wasn’t kidding when I said if we had to postpone our move (again) I’d work on perfecting my glühwein recipe.
Citrus, cloves, and cinnamon are the common elements of virtually all recipes I’ve found. Some recipes also call for cardamom, or ginger. In our experimentation we’ve found that ginger adds a disagreeable medicinal flavor. Our corner market doesn’t have cardamom, so we went with the basics last night. With one notable secret ingredient, if you will.
In our freezer, nearly forgotten since the halcyon days of summer, I found a half-full bottle of Limoncello. While delicious, it’s too sweet for my taste. So it languished in the freezer from September until yesterday; the shortest day of the year.
Winter Solstice Glühwein Recipe
- 1 bottle (750 ml) inexpensive dry red wine
- 4 cloves
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 lemon, sliced
- Sugar (to taste)
- 2/3 cup (approx. 150 ml) Limoncello
In a saucepan heat all ingredients except the Limoncello and sugar. Bring to a low simmer, then take off heat and let steep for an hour (or two).
Add Limoncello, and sugar to taste. Heat to just shy of boiling. Remove cloves, cinnamon, and lemon slices and pour into mugs. Enjoy!
Add more Limoncello, or brandy, if you want a stronger drink. I am going to try replacing the Limoncello with (locally produced at New Deal) LOFT Tangerine-cello or Lemongrass-cello when I get the chance.
Brent A. says
Hey David. You should get a bottle of gluhwein and do some blind taste testing between your recipe and the commercial version. =)
I did a similar activity while we were snowed in last week, though I admit I’d had a craving for my dad’s Tom and Jerrys for a couple of weeks before that. Warm, spicy drinks make everything so much happier!
– KAB, GoodStuffNW
Brent A – I like your idea; we have homework to do!
KAB – Yeah, I figure if life gives you snow storms (and wine, and cinnamon, and cloves, etc.) you might as well make Glühwein! 😉
I’ll have to try that Tom and Jerry recipe!
Just came across your blog! As a recent transplant to Portland, I’m finding it really informative. And fun. Thanks for sharing!
Molly – Welcome to Portland, and I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog!