Glühwein, a German Mulled Wine Giftable

Author Johnna


  • 1 bottle inexpensive red wine
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 3 whole star anise
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 2 cinnamon sticks , broken in half
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 orange
  • Cheesecloth
  • kitchen twine
  • Additional cinnamon sticks and star anise for garnish (optional)


  1. Cut a piece of cheesecloth to make a spice sachet.
  2. Place cloves, star anise, cardamom pods and cinnamon sticks in cheesecloth and tie with kitchen twine.
  3. If you are giving this as a gift, stop at this step. Tie the spice sachet to the neck of bottle of wine and gift with an orange and jar of honey with printable gift tag attached.
  4. If you are not giving this as a gift, continue by zesting the orange, then juicing it.
  5. In a medium saucepan, combine entire bottle of wine, orange zest, orange juice, two Tablespoons of honey and spice sachet.
  6. Heat over medium to 170 to 180 degrees. Do not boil!
  7. Serve steaming hot in a mug.