Glögg/Glühwein/Mulled Wine

Whether you call it glögg, glühwein, or mulled wine; its warm, delicious and it is the perfect drink for this time of year. I love all of the spices and citrus flavors incorporated in this drink, and luckily it is super easy to make!


Firstly, use a peeler to remove the zest from two oranges and a lemon, and add the peels to a pan along with 3 star anise pods, 6 cloves, 2 cinnamon sticks, and 2 bay leaves.


Next, squeeze out the juices from your peeled lemon and oranges into the pan and gently start heating up the pan.


Add just enough red wine (a full-bodied Malbec will do), to cover the spices and citrus, and add one tablespoon of maple syrup. Let this mixture simmer for 10 minutes (or longer) to infuse the flavors, the longer the better!


After 10 minutes, add the remainder of the two (750 ml) bottles of red wine and 100 ml of crème de cassis, and gently heat up on the stove for another 10 minutes. It is important to not let this boil, or else you’ll boil off all of the alcohol.


After gentle heating, serve the mulled wine in mugs with a cinnamon stick, an orange wheel, and with some grated nutmeg on top.



  • 2 oranges
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 star anise pods
  • 6 cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 100 ml crème de cassis
  • 2 (750 ml) bottles of red wine (ex. Malbec)
  • 1 piece of nutmeg – for grating



  1. Use a peeler to remove lemon and orange zest, and add to a pan together with the spices (except the nutmeg).
  2. Juice the lemon and oranges and bring pan to a simmer.
  3. Add enough wine to cover the spices and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Add remaining wine and crème de cassis and gently heat (without boiling) for an additional 10 minutes.
  5. Serve in a mug with grated nutmeg on top, a cinnamon stick, and an orange wheel.