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Cocktails & Spirits

Finding the right Glühwein recipe, or is it the right wine? Or both?

magnoliasouth | Dec 5, 201812:16 PM     2

First off, I apologize for the length of this post. I just wanted to explain so you fully get what my problem is.

I am of Austrian descent and my great-Aunt used to make Glühwein every Christmas and it was so delicious! I never got her recipe, which is too bad. It's really too bad because I've tried various recipes over the years and it has never been nearly as good! She used to tell us how Americans didn't know how to make it and would confuse English spices with Glühwein ingredients but she never wrote it down. What a shame that was.

The one thing that has confused me more than anything is the wine itself and I think this is why it's so hard to get it right. Americans tend to be obsessed with Italian and French wines and I see tons of recipes saying to make it with those types of wine and there is no way any Austrian of the good 'ol days in the mother country would ever make it with that kind of wine. This is a drink that is neither French nor Italian.

I'm guessing, Aunt E used an Austrian or German wine and I'll even say that she was what I call dictionary frugal. That is politely saying she was a cheap @ss. ;) Not that I minded, but she wouldn't turn the heat on until we were blue and she didn't bother having an AC and this was in the deep south!

As for the wine, I know nothing at all about them. I did read yesterday that Pinot Noir is basically Spätburgunder or Blauburgunder, so shouldn't that be the right wine? What am I missing? What I do remember is that she dared not use cheesecloth nor twine in it. She used whole cloves, cinnamon, oranges and lemons and if we got some in our cup, then we just drank around it. There is probably more but I don't remember. That's the problem.

The link is an "official" Austrian recipe but like so many others, it just lists "wine". Sigh.

Make Your Own Gluehwein

Gluehwein is served throughout Austria during Christmas season. It is easy to prepare at home and sip in front of your fireplace...

www.austria.info
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