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Christmas Market Glühwein Mugs

Christmas Market Glühwein Mugs

Glühwein is a spiced, hot wine that is popular in Germany during the winter months. But, the experience wouldn’t be complete without the mug. Traditional glühwein mugs that you’d find at German Christmas Markets will be .2 L (approx. 7 oz.) ceramic mug. These Christmas market glühwein mugs are priceless.

A Christmas market glühwein mugs keep your delicious, mulled, spiced wine drink warm and looking great. Mugs are often collectibles. Each year, the design changes and so German Christmas Market goers often collect a mug each year. Artists design the mug specific to a certain Christmas Market and, of course, the responsible thing to do is drink your way each market until you have a collection.

That way of gathering Christmas market gluhwein mugs also means that when you’re sharing gluhwein with friends back home, in front of a fire, with the snow falling outside, you’ve got stories to tell about how and where you acquired each mug. 

Alternatively, you could go online and buy a set. 

Glühwein is an experience. The heat and flavors combined to create something that wasn’t meant to be rushed. This makes the 7 ounce gluhwein mug the perfect size for drinking gluhwein. Sure, a coffee mug will work. But, gluhwein is a drink to enjoy with friends, loved ones, inciting laughs and joy.

We’ve got the great fortune today of drinking gluhwein as an experience, something slow and fun, to be enjoyed and lingered on, like a good kiss. Sip slow, my friends. Savor the moment and experience. 

Best Rose Wine for Glühwein

Best Rose Wine for Glühwein

TLDR:

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 include, to name a few, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, orange, and allspice.

When choosing a wine for Glühwein look for something that is fruity and not too tannic. The best wine for Glühwein is a sweet Rosé wine. I like to avoid full bodied, dry Rosé wines. Here is a list of other good Rosé wines to try:

    • Grenache Ros
    • White Zinfandel 
    • Dry Spanish Rosé

Best Wine for Glühwein

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 include, to name a few, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, orange, and allspice.

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.

Best Rosé Wine for Glühwein

You want a wine that is high in sugar content so it will be sweet, but not too sweet. A wine with good acidity is also important as it will help to balance the sweetness of spices like cinnamon and orange, which you will add to Glühwein.

It’s a common misconception that you need good wine in order to make Glühwein. That’s not true. Of course, good wine makes everything better, but because we’re so heavily changing the flavor by adding flavor forward spices using a good wine doesn’t make sense. 

Save the good wine for the guests. In my experience, and my research around the world has been extensive, Glühwein is best made with a cheap Rosé wine. 

No joke. The best wine for Glühwein is a sweet or semi-sweet cheap wine. 

You’re going to season the wine heavily with aromatic and sweet spices that overpower the wine’s original flavor. No need to get fancy and show off your sommelier wine picking skills here.

Rosé Wine for Glühwein

Rosé wine is a good option for Glühwein. If you want to use a Rosé, look for one made with Grenache grapes. Choose a wine that is not too sweet and has good acidity. Some good choices include:

  • Grenache Rosé –  Grenache Rosé is a French Rosé wine that is known for its fruity flavor. It can be a good choice for making Glühwein
  • White Zinfandel –  White Zinfandel is an American Rosé wine that is known for its fruity flavor. It can be a good choice for making Glühwein.
  • Dry Spanish Rosé –   Dry Spanish Rosé is a Spanish wine that is known for its dry flavor. It can be a good choice for making Glühwein. 

German Glühwein

Glühwein is not a complicated drink to make. But, traditional Glühwein is challenging to perfect. Today you don’t have to go to Germany to enjoy the glow of a cup of Glühwein. You can make your own using the curated Sam’s Glow cocktail kit, or track down the supplies on your own. 

The special Sam’s seasoning in our Boozn’ Sams 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.

Best Wine for Glühwein

Best Wine for Glühwein

TLDR:

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 include, to name a few, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, orange, and allspice.

When choosing a wine for Glühwein look for something that is fruity and not too tannic. The best wine for Glühwein is a sweet red wine. I like to avoid full bodied, dry red wines. Here is a list of other good red varietals to try:

  • Black Box Sweet Red
  • Franzia Sunset Blush
  • Dornfelder
  • Malbec
  • Garnacha
  • Lambrusco
  • Zinfandel
  • Shiraz
  • Pinot Noir
  • Port 

But, don’t forget that although Glühwein is usually made with red wine, white wine rosé can also be used. For a non-alcoholic Glühwein, try using apple cider or apple juice as your base. Suggestions for non-red wines include:

  • Semi – Sweet Riesling
  • Gewürztraminer
  • Pinot gris
  • Chenin blanc
  • Dry Spanish rosé 
  • White Zinfandel 
  • Grenache rosé

Best Wine for Glühwein

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 include, to name a few, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, orange, and allspice.

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.

While Glühwein is typically made with red wine, white wine or rosé can also be used. For a non-alcoholic Glühwein, try using apple cider or apple juice as your base.

Best Wine for Glühwein

While Glühwein is typically made with red wine, white wine or a rosé can also be used. The wine you choose is essential to good Glühwein.  You want a wine that is high in sugar content so it will be sweet, but not too sweet. A wine with good acidity is also important as it will help to balance the sweetness of spices like cinnamon and orange, which you will add to Glühwein.

I tend to stay away from dry, full bodied wines like Cabernet Sauvignon, as they can make the Glühwein too astringent.

It’s a common misconception that you need good wine in order to make Glühwein. That’s not true. Of course, good wine makes everything better, but because we’re so heavily changing the flavor by adding flavor forward spices using a good wine doesn’t make sense. 

Save the good wine for the guests. In my experience, and my research around the world has been extensive, Glühwein is best made with a cheap red wine. 

Use Franzia. Or a similar sweet, boxed red wine. Black Box wine also works great.

No joke. The best wine for Glühwein is a sweet or semi-sweet cheap wine. 

You’re going to season the wine heavily with aromatic and sweet spices that overpower the wine’s original flavor. No need to get fancy and show off your sommelier wine picking skills here.

Red Wine for Glühwein

When choosing a red wine for your Glühwein, look for something that is fruity and not too tannic. The best wine for Glühwein is a sweet red wine. I like to avoid full bodied, dry red wines. If you can’t stomach Franzia or the like, here is a list of other good varietals to try:

  • Dornfelder – Dornfelder is a German red wine that is known for its sweetness. It can be a good choice for making Glühwein.
  • Blaufrankisch – Blaufrankisch is an Austrian red wine that is known for its fruity flavor. It can be a good choice for making Glühwein.
  • Zweigelt – Zweigelt is an Austrian red wine that is known for its fruity flavor. It can be a good choice for making Glühwein.
  • Garnacha – Garnacha is a Spanish red wine that is known for its fruity flavor. It can be a good choice for making Glühwein.
  • Merlot – Merlot is a French red wine that is known for its smoothness. It can be a good choice for making Glühwein.
  • Pinot Noir – Pinot Noir is a French red wine that is known for its smoothness. It can be a good choice for making Glühwein.
  • Shiraz – Shiraz is an Australian red wine that is known for its spiciness. It can be a good choice for making Glühwein.
  • Lambrusco – Lambrusco is an Italian red wine that is known for its sweetness. It can be a good choice for making Glühwein.
  • Zinfandel – Zinfandel is an American red wine that is known for its fruity flavor. It can be a good choice for making Glühwein. 
  • Port – Port is a Portuguese red wine that is known for its sweetness. It can be a good choice for making Glühwein. 

These are some of the best red wines that you can use to make Glühwein. Each wine has its own unique flavor that can add something special to your Glühwein. Choose the wine that you think will taste the best and enjoy!

White Wine for Glühwein

Some of the best white wines for making Glühwein include:

  • Riesling – Riesling is a German white wine that is known for its sweetness. This makes it a great choice for Glühwein, as the sweetness will help to balance out the spices.
  • Pinot Gris – Pinot gris is a French white wine that is similar to Riesling in terms of sweetness.
  • Gewürztraminer – Gewürztraminer is another German white wine that is known for its sweetness. It is also a good choice for making Glühwein.
  • Chenin Blanc –  Chenin blanc is a French white wine that is known for its sweetness. It is a good choice for making Glühwein.
  • Moscato d’Asti –  Moscato d’Asti is an Italian white wine that is very sweet. It is a good choice for making Glühwein if you want a sweeter version. 
  • Prosecco – Prosecco is an Italian white wine that is not as sweet as the other wines on this list. Prosecco makes a particularly good Glühwein and adds a lovely festive fizz to the drink.

Rosé Wine for Glühwein

Rosé wine is also a good option for Glühwein. If you want to use a Rosé, look for one made with Grenache grapes. Choose a wine that is not too sweet and has good acidity. Some good choices include:

  • Grenache Rosé –  Grenache Rosé is a French red wine that is known for its fruity flavor. It can be a good choice for making Glühwein.
  • White Zinfandel –  White Zinfandel is an American red wine that is known for its fruity flavor. It can be a good choice for making Glühwein.
  • Dry Spanish Rosé –   Dry Spanish Rosé is a Spanish wine that is known for its dry flavor. It can be a good choice for making Glühwein. 

Finally, ff you want to get really creative, you could even try making Glühwein with sparkling wine or Champagne.

German Glühwein

Glühwein is not a complicated drink to make. But, traditional Glühwein is challenging to perfect. Today you don’t have to go to Germany to enjoy the glow of a cup of Glühwein. You can make your own using the curated Sam’s Glow cocktail kit, or track down the supplies on your own. 

The special Sam’s seasoning in Boozn’ Sam’s 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.

About Glühwein 

About Glühwein 

TLDR:

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 include, to name a few, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, orange, and allspice.

There are many recipes for Glühwein, but a traditional 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 mulled spiced wine the perfect drink for chilly winter evenings.

What is Glühwein?

The word Glühwein is a combination of glühen, which means “to glow,” and wein, which means “wine.” And that’s exactly what this drink does to you after a few cups. It glows in your cheeks and warms you from the inside out.

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, 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 these warming spices makes this the perfect drink for chilly winter evenings.

While mulled wine is typically made with red wine, white wine or rosé can also be used. For a non-alcoholic Glühwein, try using apple cider or apple juice as your base. Some recipes also call for adding brandy or rum to the heated wine. 

My personal favorite is a shot of butterscotch schnapps. The flavor complements sweet red wine and doesn’t get me hammered and laying on the floor drunk listening to Frank Sinatra in an hour. I buy an extra hour of sobriety.

Whether you’re making Glühwein from scratch using one of the recipes provided here or using a mix, the key to great Glühwein is letting the wine simmer long enough to let the flavors meld.  But don’t let the wine boil, or it will change the flavor and alcohol content.

Good spiced wine includes the right mix of ingredients. The best 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. 

Here are some complete recipes for traditional Bavarian Glühwein, Wassail, and mulled spiced wine.

The infusion of sweet and aromatic ingredients like oranges, cinnamon, alcoves overpower the wine flavor. Go with a sweet juicy wine, a light or medium bodied wine. Not something dry and full bodied.

This is less about terroir and more about experiencing a comforting, warm glass of spiced wine that hugs your tongue and plants little kisses down your throat and into your belly on a cold night. It’s the glow you’re after, the warmth in your soul that bakes out a core memory of time with family, loved ones, or friends.

We’ve got the luxury of progress to adapt the meaning of Glühwein. But, I believe the origin story of Glühwein saw a different use all together, one of survival not love. 

FAQs

Is Glühwein the same as mulled wine?

Yes, Glühwein means “Glow Wine” in German. Call it Glühwein, mulled wine, or Glogg. You’re speaking the same language. 

Can you get drunk on Glühwein?

Oh yes. It might taste like heated fruit punch but it’s made with wine, which means it has alcohol. The heating occurs below the boiling point so that none of that precious alcohol is evaporated. Oh course, non alcoholic versions to exist too. That’s called Kinder punch in Germany, or kid punch. 

What is Glühwein in English?

The word Glühwein is a combination of glühen, which means “to glow,” and wein, which means “wine.” And that’s exactly what Glühwein does to you after a few cups. It glows in your cheeks and warms you from the inside out.

Is Glühwein from Germany?

Yes, it is from Germany. Glogg is from Scandinavia. Mulled Wine, that a loose English translation. All the same, with slight variations. 

How to Make Glühwein

Mulled spiced wine is not a complicated drink to make. But, traditional Glühwein is challenging to perfect. Today you don’t have to go to Germany to enjoy the glow from a cup of spiced wine. You can make your own 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. 

Best Spices for Glühwein 

Best Spices for Glühwein 

TLDR:

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.

Best White Wine for Glühwein

Best White Wine for Glühwein

Summary:

When choosing a white wine for your Glühwein, look for something that is fruity and not too tannic. The best wine for Glühwein is a sweet white wine. I like to avoid full bodied, dry white wines. Here is a list of other good varietals to try:

  • Black Box Reisling
  • Pinot Gris
  • Gewurztraminer
  • Chenin Blanc
  • Moscato d’Asti
  • Prosecco

Best Wine for Glühwein

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 include, to name a few, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, orange, and allspice.

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.

While Glühwein is typically made with red wine, white wine can also be used.

Glühwein White

The wine you choose is essential to good Glühwein. You want a wine that is high in sugar content so it will be sweet, but not too sweet. This makes white wines, which are naturally higher in sugar content, great for Glühwein. A wine with good acidity is also important as it will help to balance the sweetness of spices like cinnamon and orange, which you will add to Glühwein.

I tend to stay away from Chardonnay because of the buttery taste and Sauvignon Blanc because of the light, mineral flavor. They can make Glühwein too astringent.

It’s a common misconception that you need good wine in order to make Glühwein. That’s not true. Of course, good wine makes everything better, but because we’re so heavily changing the taste by adding flavor forward spices, using a good wine doesn’t make sense. 

Save the good wine for the guests. In my experience, and my research around the world has been extensive, Glühwein is best made with a cheap white wine. 

Use Black Label. Or a similar sweet, boxed white wine.

No joke.The best wine for Glühwein is a sweet, cheap white wine. 

You’re going to season the wine heavily with aromatic and sweet spices that overpower the wine’s original flavor. No need to get fancy and show off your sommelier wine picking skills here.

White Wine for Glühwein

Some of the best white wines for making Glühwein include:

  • Riesling – Riesling is a German white wine that is known for its sweetness. This makes it a great choice for Glühwein, as the sweetness will help to balance out the spices.
  • Pinot Gris – Pinot gris is a French white wine that is similar to Riesling in terms of sweetness.
  • Gewürztraminer – Gewürztraminer is another German white wine that is known for its sweetness. It is also a good choice for making Glühwein.
  • Chenin Blanc –  Chenin blanc is a French white wine that is known for its sweetness. It is a good choice for making Glühwein.
  • Moscato d’Asti –  Moscato d’Asti is an Italian white wine that is very sweet. It is a good choice for making Glühwein if you want a sweeter version. 
  • Prosecco – Prosecco is an Italian white wine that is not as sweet as the other wines on this list. However, it can still be used for Glühwein if you want a less sweet version. 

Glühwein Recipes

Glühwein is traditionally made 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. Below are several variations on Glühwein.

Mulled Spiced Wine

Wassail