Photo: Thomas J. Story

 

YieldsServes 4 to 6Total Time20 mins
AuthorMichael Johnston
Colorado's Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro welcomes guests with pretty glass mugs of this steaming wine, garnished with a slice of blood orange when it's in season. Since glühwein (German for "glow wine") is heated and infused with spices, don't bother with your best bottle to make it; just choose a red wine you wouldn't mind drinking.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

Pour wine into a medium pot. Add cloves, star anise, cinnamon, and juniper berries. Bring mixture to a gentle simmer over low heat (don't let it boil--high heat damages the flavor).

Step 2
2

Meanwhile, wash oranges (don't peel) and cut into 1/4-in. slices. Reserve 6 of the biggest slices and put remaining slices in with wine. Add brown sugar and stir until dissolved.

Step 3
3

Simmer wine mixture 10 minutes. Strain into an insulated container or ladle into mugs, leaving behind spices and oranges. Garnish each serving with a reserved orange slice.

Step 4
4

Make ahead: Up to 2 days, chilled (strain out spices before chilling; otherwise, they'll turn bitter). Reheat over low heat (you don't want it to boil).

Ingredients

 1 bottle (750 ml.) red wine
 6 whole cloves
 4 star anise pods
 2 cinnamon sticks
 2 juniper berries
 2 oranges
 1/4 cup brown sugar

Directions

Step 1
1

Pour wine into a medium pot. Add cloves, star anise, cinnamon, and juniper berries. Bring mixture to a gentle simmer over low heat (don't let it boil--high heat damages the flavor).

Step 2
2

Meanwhile, wash oranges (don't peel) and cut into 1/4-in. slices. Reserve 6 of the biggest slices and put remaining slices in with wine. Add brown sugar and stir until dissolved.

Step 3
3

Simmer wine mixture 10 minutes. Strain into an insulated container or ladle into mugs, leaving behind spices and oranges. Garnish each serving with a reserved orange slice.

Step 4
4

Make ahead: Up to 2 days, chilled (strain out spices before chilling; otherwise, they'll turn bitter). Reheat over low heat (you don't want it to boil).

Glühwein (Mulled Wine)