Traditional winter drinks are back and that means German Gluhwein!
That first crisp, cold front of the fall is always such a pleasant change from the hot summer temperatures of Texas. It comes hand in hand with other great things such as football season, warm soups, burning fireplaces and sipping on a nice cup of Gluhwein.
Gluhwein is a traditional German drink but it’s also enjoyed in various forms by other cultures including the Nordic and English cultures. It is not really known when the tradition began but it is a staple item at Christmas markets all across Germany. Being able to sip this warm, flavorful drink is an integral part of the whole German Christmas market experience. There is nothing better than the aroma of cinnamon, sugar and mulled wine drifting through a chilly, open air Christmas market. Well, one thing is better than that aromatic smell…and that’s that aromatic taste. Gluhwein translates literally to “glow wine”. While some say the term “glow” is because of how you feel while drinking this fine beverage, most say it dates back to the glowing red hot irons used to heat the beverage. I personally prefer the first theory. I know from experience that I do feel a bit of a glow after enjoying a warm mug of gluhwein.
Many of us don’t have the luxury of a quick trip to an open air Christmas market in Germany but we do have a couple of other options. One of them is to join us at the annual Tomball German Christmas Market on DEC 8-10, 2017 in downtown Tomball, TX! It is one of the top rated authentic open air German Christmas markets in the US and one of our personal favorites. We have had a booth there for many years peddling our wares (while drinking gluhwein of course…and calling it work). The people there are so friendly and there is so much fun to be had.
If you aren’t able to make the trek to Tomball, then perhaps you can take a stab at making your own gluhwein to share with family and friends. Here is a recipe courtesy of Genius Kitchen in case you wish to give it a whirl. Let us know how it goes! I’m certain you will impress your guests.
- In a saucepan, combine the water, sugar, and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer.
- Cut the orange in half, and squeeze the juice into the simmering water. Push the cloves into the outside of the orange peel, and place peel in the simmering water. Continue simmering for 30 minutes, until thick and syrupy.
- Pour in the wine, and heat until steaming but not simmering. Remove the clove-studded orange halves.
- Serve hot in mugs or glasses that have been preheated in warm water (cold glasses will break.).