Gluehwein ; Sounds Strange, Tastes Great

Ok, allow me to clarify… Gluehwein sounds strange to ME because I don’t speak German, and before yesterday had never heard of it! But I am oh-so-glad that I did… Seriously, my Holidays will never be the same, now that this liquid amazingness has entered my life.

I now know that Gluehwein means ‘Glow Wine’ in German, and I can attest that after several mugs of this that it will, indeed, make you glow.

My friend Sadie of When Mom Grows Up mentioned on Facebook that she was making Gluehwein, and snapped a picture of her ingredients. I saw wine and brandy, and immediately knew this was something I just had to try… The fact that it was prepared in the crockpot totally sealed the deal.

I’m a big fan of Crockpots.

So I set about gathering the ingredients I would need, made a quick trip to EarthFare and the Liquor store (I was totally confused to be looking in a ‘non-Scotch’ part of the store), then came home and set to work.

Here is what you will need:

Behold the Ingredients

First stick 4 or 5 whole cloves into each of the 8 tangerines/cleamentines, so that the juices will run. Upon consulting with Sadie and another source, you can either peel the oranges first, or leave the peel on and stick the cloves in really well. I opted to peel the oranges first, and managed to enlist my oldest son, Butch Cassidy, as a peeler:
Peel the Oranges

Then place the clove-impaled oranges into the crockpot and pour in the 1 cup of fine brown sugar that’s indicated.
The Delicious Final Product (2)

Take your 2 bottles of delicious red wine (I used 2 bottles of Mission Brand Merlot from Earthfare that was on sale for $3.99 per bottle) and pour them over the top of the other ingredients in the crockpot.

The Delicious Final Product (1)

Now pour a couple of good splashes of Brandy into the crockpot for good measure.
Don't Forget the Brandy

Put the lid on your crockpot and turn it on high for 30 minutes or a bit more. I made sure that mine boiled a little bit to really mix up the flavors. Leave the crockpot on low as long as you continue to fill mugs from it. I scooped some of the now wine-soaked oranges into each mug, and it was DELICIOUS.

This was my final product before my husband and I began drinking it… so yummy!
The Delicious Final Product

I can promise you that this stuff is worth your while to make…. It would probably make any Holiday gatherings that you will be attending less stressful, as well… and everyone will love you for making it!

Have you ever had mulled wine or Gluehwein before?? What did you think?? Was your recipe different from this one??

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