Gluhwien or hot spiced wine has such good memories of warming up a cold winter night. Glühwein stands are very common throughout the Kristkindle markets in Germany. As an 3rd generation German heritage although growing up with my German grandma omnipresent, I had never heard of ....Glüewein
Grandma for some reason never made this, that I can remember. Grandpa that made the wine from grapes that he grew in the back yard, died when I was 5.
So when I heard about Glühwein I thought .....strange , sounds like gluey wine ..echhh
But when I learned that Glüh means glowing ..I got into it I found out it added a Joyous liquid spice to our holiday season. Nothing like the aroma of sweet spice filling the room!
However it is a staple now on cold nights. I love the flavor of hot spiced wine.
Some Spicey Background
Spiced wine goes way back to Roman times and brought it up to Germany. Spices were considered a sign of something really special, gourmet and to some degree wealth.
DONT THROW AWAY THAT OLD WINE!
Back in "the olden days" bottling and storing wine was still not a perfected art.
By winter a great deal of the wine was not the best. So this is a great way to use up
wine that had a little off flavor.
Also if you have odds and ends of wine and even brandies, rum or vodka,
you can add that to the mix as well. Use it up!
What to serve for when friends come over this winter?
Makes a Perfect Beverage For a Winter Party
Many folks serve Glühwein and Lebkuchen or Gingerbread