If you have visited Europe during winter months you have definitely seen Hot Wine as an item in restaurants or sold on the streets. No Christmas market would be complete without Glühwein; the image of people dressed in winter clothes strolling the streets while sipping a cup of Hot Wine and looking at the unique items christmas market vendors have to offer is something I miss every year I spend Christmas in the US.
Everyone has their own recipe for Hot Wine. Mine is pretty simple but still delicious. The main ingredients is red wine; although both my husband and my father make wine I know absolutely nothing about wine other than it can be red, white or rose. For this recipe you need to use red wine and it does not have to be an expensive wine, a cheap red wine would be perfect to make Hot Wine.
Use this recipe as reference and add your own spin to it. You might enjoy your hot wine sweeter or maybe you feel it needs more cinnamon or other spices and that would be totally fine.
Ingredients for 4 servings:
- 6 cups red wine (I asked my husband what kind I used this time just so you have an idea of the sweetness, he said this was Concordia)
- 6-8 TBSP sugar (depending on how sweet the wine is you might end up adding more or less sugar so add 5-6 TBSP to start with and taste it to see if more is needed)
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 1 apple cubed or sliced
- Put everything in a saucepan and bring to boil, reduce heat and let it simmer for about 10 minutes. Remove from stove and let it sit for another 10 minutes covered. Enjoy while hot!
- You can also make this in a slow cooker