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Glühwein (pronounced glue – vine), mulled wine, mulled spiced wine, or Glogg are all variations on the same theme – heated wine seasoned with sweet and aromatic spices. These spices for Glühwein include, to name a few, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, orange, and allspice.

There are many recipes for Glühwein, but a traditional Glühwein recipe calls for heating wine with sugar and spices.  Wine is simmered with cinnamon sticks, cloves, citrus peel, cardamom pods and sugar. The addition of warming spices makes Glühwein the perfect drink for chilly winter evenings.

Here is a list of the best spices to make Glühwein with:

  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Cardamom Pods
  • Star Anise
  • Nutmeg
  • Allspice
  • Oranges
  • Cherries

Spices for Glühwein

Glühwein, mulled wine, mulled spiced wine, or Glogg are all variations on the same theme – heated wine seasoned with sweet and aromatic spices. There are many recipes for Glühwein, but the traditional Glühwein recipe calls for heating wine with sugar and spices. Wine is simmered with cinnamon sticks, cloves, citrus peel, cardamom pods and sugar. The addition of these warming spices makes Glühwein the perfect drink for chilly winter evenings.

With so many choices for ingredients, determining what’s best can be difficult. The spices you add to Glühwein are determined by the flavors you enjoy.

What are Aromatic Gluhwein Spices?

Aromatic spices are those that release their essential oils when heated, making them perfect for Glühwein. These spices add flavor and depth to Glühwein, making it the perfect drink for winter evenings. Each spice has a unique flavor and adding more of a certain spice to Glühwein will change the flavor and make it more enjoyable to your unique tastebuds.

  • Cinnamon – Cinnamon sticks are one of the most popular spices used in Glühwein. Cinnamon not only adds a sweet and warming flavor to the drink, but also helps to mask the alcohol content. If you want your Glühwein to be extra spicy, add a few extra cinnamon sticks to the recipe.
  • Cloves – Cloves are another spice that is often used in Glühwein. Cloves have a strong, pungent flavor that adds depth and warmth to the drink. If you are looking for a more subtle flavor, only add a few cloves to the recipe.
  • Cardamom Pods – Cardamom pods are another popular spice used in Glühwein. Cardamom has a sweet and aromatic flavor that is similar to cinnamon. If you want your Glühwein to have a more intense flavor, add extra cardamom pods to the recipe.
  • Star Anise – Star anise is another spice that is commonly used in Glühwein. Star anise has a licorice-like flavor that adds sweetness and depth to the drink. If you want your Glühwein to be extra sweet, add extra star anise to the recipe.
  • Nutmeg –  Nutmeg is another spice that is commonly used in Glühwein. Nutmeg has a warm, nutty flavor that adds depth and richness to the drink. If you want your Glühwein to be extra rich, add extra nutmeg to the recipe.
  • Allspice – Allspice is another spice that is commonly used in Glühwein. Allspice has a warm, spicy flavor that adds depth and richness to the drink. If you want your Glühwein to be extra spicy, add extra allspice to the recipe.
  • Oranges – Oranges are another ingredient that is commonly used in Glühwein. Oranges add a fresh, citrus flavor to the drink. If you want your Glühwein to be extra citrusy, add extra oranges to the recipe.
  • Cherries – Cherries are another ingredient that is commonly used in Glühwein. Cherries add a sweet, fruity flavor to the drink. If you want your Glühwein to be extra sweet, add extra cherries to the recipe.

These are just a few of the many spices that you can use to flavor your Glühwein. Experiment with different combinations of spices to find the perfect flavor for your taste.

Glühwein Recipes

Good Glühwein includes the right mix of ingredients. The best Glühwein recipes live in the heads of those stirring steaming wine in blackened pots at Christmas Markets throughout Europe. That’s why I went to those markets and did the thankless research of stumbling my way through wooden stalls and drinking at Apres Ski parties to bring you the recipes you can’t find anywhere else. 

You can make your own Glühwein using the curated Boozn’ Sam’s Glow cocktail kit, or track down the supplies on your own. The special Sam’s seasoning in our glow kit isn’t for sale anywhere else and took years of diligent research amongst wooden stands and blackened kettles through places like Austria, Germany, Finland and Sweden.