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German Glühwein 

Spice Blend Recipes

Glühwein is a traditional spice infused hot wine drink during the German Christmas season. It is drunk from mugs at the open air markets in all the Germanic counties. And is a traditional part of the German Christmas meal.

CuisineMentor' Spice Blend German Glühwein is a delicious hand blended balance of crystallized ginger root, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, lemon and orange peels. It is packaged in a muslin bag that is used like a teabag during mulling. The recipe on the package can be made with red wine, or juice. Both are delicious and this festive drink is sure to become a tradition during your holidays.

Cuisine Mentor Spice Blends are ALL NATURAL. There are no artificial colorings, additives, preservatives, or MSG. 


Pictured are the CuisineMentor German Glühwein Spices. They can be used for making Glühwein, Glögg, Wassail, and mulled juice.  

Crystallized ginger roots adds a pungent, sweet spicy flavor; cinnamon a sweet, perfumed flavor; cardamom a warm, pleasantly astringent taste; cloves a faintly peppery taste; lemon and orange peels add a tart, slightly astringent taste. The CuisineMentor Glühwein Spice Blend is packaged in muslin bags, which are intended to be used in the cooking process. Once the spices are infused into the liquid, the bag can be removed and discarded.

Follow the instructions on the spice package and start a delicious holiday tradition with Glühwein. Try mulling with a combination of apple cider and cranberry juice, my favorite. Or try the delicious Spiced Sangria. ENJOY!!!!!!!

     Swedish Professor’s Glögg - 10 servings.

                  Traditional Version

1 bottle dry red wine
1 bottle muscatel
1 cup sweet vermouth
1 Tablespoon Angostura bitters
1 cup raisins
1 packet CuisineMentor German Glühwein Spice Blend
¾ cup aquavit
¾ cup sugar
1 cup slivered, blanched almonds

In a 4 quart enameled pan or stainless steel pot, mix together wine, muscatel, sweet vermouth, bitters, raisins and CuisineMentor German Glühwein Spice Blend (leave in muslin bag). Cover and let the mixture stand at least 12 hours so that the flavors will develop and mingle.

Shortly before serving, add the aquavit and sugar. Stir well and bring to as full simmer over high heat. Remove at once from heat, stir in almonds and serve in warmed mugs. In Sweden, a small spoon is placed in each mug to scoop up the almonds and raisins.



     Simple Glögg - 10 servings.

2 bottles dry red wine

1 cup raisins

1 packet CuisineMentor German Glühwein Spice Blend

¾ cup sugar

1 cup slivered, blanched almonds


In a 4 quart enameled pan or stainless steel pot, mix together wine, raisins and CuisineMentor German Glühwein Spice Blend (leave in muslin bag). Let stand over night, then stir in sugar and bring almost to boil. Remove from heat, stir in almonds, and serve hot.

     Spiced Sangria

This spice infused Sangria recipe is festive, delicious and easy. It is a refreshing hot weather wine drink. You start by making the Glühwein then personalize the Sangria with your favorite fruits and liquors. Chill and enjoy! Makes about 15 servings.

CuisineMentor’s German Glühwein ( prepared according to instructions on package; cooled to room temperature in a large non-reactive container.)
1 each lemon, orange and lime cut into wedges
2 shots brandy, gin or rum (optional)
4 cups chilled ginger ale, club soda or citrus soda, divided
about 2 cups additional sliced fruit, divided

Squeeze the juice from the lemon, orange and lime wedges into the prepared Glühwein. Toss in the fruit wedges (leaving out seeds if possible) and add brandy. Chill overnight.

When ready to serve, pour half chilled wine mixture into a pitcher. Add 2 cups chilled ginger ale or club soda and 1 cup additional fruit. Serve with, or without ice cubes.

Addition ideas: sliced strawberries, peaches, handful of fresh blueberries, raspberries, kiwi, apple slices, sliced oranges, lemons, limes.
A non-alcoholic version, “Innocent” Sangria, can be made with grape juice rather than wine..

     Cranberry Sauce Spiced with Glühwein


1 cup sugar

1 cup prepared Glühwein, as per recipe on CuisineMentor German Glühwein package

4 cups (12 oz package) fresh or frozen cranberries
Optional: Pecans, hazelnuts, walnuts, orange peel, raisins, currants, blueberries

Wash and pick over cranberries. In a saucepan heat Glühwein and sugar, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add cranberries, return to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer for 10 minutes or until cranberries burst. 

At this point you can add any number of optional ingredients. Half a cup of roughly chopped nuts, raisins or currants or add up to a pint of fresh or frozen blueberries.
Remove from heat. Cool completely at room temperature and then chill in refrigerator. Makes 2 1/2 cups.


     German Dried Fruit Compote - 6 generous servings

A delicious Old World desert, a favorite on mine!!!!! Try over ice cream.


1½ pounds mixed dried fruit

(pears, apricots, plums, prunes, apple rings, cherries, raisins)

2 cups sugar

2 lemon slices, ½ inch thick and cut in half

1 packet CuisineMentor German Glühwein Spice Blend


In a large bowl, cover fruit with cold water to cover by 1 inch. Soak for several hours.
Drain fruit, reserving soaking liquid. Measure soaking liquid and add enough water to make 1 quart. Pour liquid in a 4 quart saucepan, add sugar, CuisineMentor German Glühwein Spice Blend (leave in muslin bag), lemon slices, and bring to a boil over moderate hear, stirring until sugar dissolves. Drop in the drained fruit, reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes, or until the fruit is tender and can easily be pierced with the tip of a fork. With a slotted spoon, transfer the fruit and lemon slices to a heatproof bowl.
Boil the syrup along with spice bag briskly over high heat for 5 minutes, or until thickens slightly. Remove the pan from the heat, remove spice bag and pour syrup over the fruit. Serve the compote warm, or refrigerate until chilled.

Variation: You can add ¼ cup of kirsch, brandy, rum or white wine along with the syrup.


     Russian Spiced Ice Tea

Spice infused ice tea is delicious and easy to make, a refreshing warm weather drink.  Enjoy!

2 quarts water

1  packet CuisineMentor’s German Glühwein Spice Blend 

12 tea bags of your choice 

1/2 cup sugar, or less to taste

One 6-oz. can frozen orange juice concentrate

One 6-oz. can frozen lemonade concentrate

fresh mint (optional)

In a large pot, bring water and the CuisineMentor’s German Glühwein Spice Blend in muslin bag to a boil. Simmer uncovered for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add tea bags. Cover and steep for five minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove and discard tea bags. Stir in sugar until dissolved, then stir in orange juice and lemonade. Chill and serve over ice. Before serving remove spice packet. Garnish with fresh mint.  5 Tall servings