As soon as the weather turns cold in Germany, everywhere there is Glühwein. Literally meaning "glow wine," originally it earned its name because the spiced and slightly sweet red wine was heated by placing red hot irons into large vats of the drink. But you would not be incorrect if you felt a warm glow inside after drinking it.
Glühwein is perfect for Christmas parties, tailgates, and sipping by a fire anytime the weather turns cold. It's easy to make too. And there is a non-alcoholic version known as Kinder Punsch.
This recipe serves four:
1 - 750 ml bottle of inexpensive dry wine (substitute Apple Cider for the non-alcoholic version
1 - Orange cut into slices
2 - Cinnamon sticks
6 - Cloves, whole
1/4 cup - Sugar (delete for non-alcoholic version)
1/4 cup - Orange juice
3 - Star Anise (Optional)
1/4 cup - Brandy or Rum (optional and added just before serving
Heat all ingredient on low for 10 minutes, but do not boil. Serve in warm mugs. Garnish with orange slices, cinnamon sticks, and star anise if desired. Enjoy!