Years ago, when Dan and I first met, he whisked me away to a cabin in the woods for my birthday weekend. Unbeknownst to me, he had smuggled all of the fixins to make Glühwein, a favorite German treat from his days spent in Freiburg. Needless to say, with this warm pot of spiced wine on the stove and snow falling outside, we had little reason to leave the cabin (though we did anyway, lots of snowshoeing interspersed with the imbibing).
We invited our friends over last night for a comfort food night of roasted potato soup, homemade challah bread from our friends, another hot fudge sundae cake, and Glühwein. Given the blizzard-like conditions outside, it was the perfect combination of delights inside (the child noise level reached ear-splitting proportions a few times, but that's to be expected for a few more years, right? More Glühwein, please...).
Here's Dan's recipe for you all, just in time to whip some up the next time your friends come over for holiday cheer, or really, just anytime you want to feel all warm and fuzzy inside from a nice, hot, alcoholic drink. Cheers!
In a large saucepan, combine 1/4 liter water, 1 stick of cinnamon, 5 cloves, and 5 tablespoons sugar. Heat up for about 2 minutes.
Add "some lemon juice" (a tablespoon or two? I used a few splashes from the bottle), 1/2 a lemon cut into thin slices, the peel from 1/2 an orange, and 1 liter red wine (we chose this one).
Heat up but don't let it boil. Simmer on low while you're hanging out and sip from your favorite Christmas mug. Best consumed while watching snow fall, but guaranteed to taste good in any part of the world.
We added another bottle of wine about half-way through along with another 1/4 liter of water but only added another 2 tablespoons of sugar. The citrus and spices were still good and we couldn't even tell it was another batch.