1 bottle of red wine (or more)
the rind of 1 orange (peel off with a vegetable peeler)
the rind of 1 lemon
1 cup orange juice (freshly squeezed preferably)
1-2 cinnamon sticks (sometimes they’re small, and maybe you love extra spices)
1 whole star anise (don’t worry if you don’t like the taste of it alone, you hardly taste it in here)
2 cardamom pods
4 cloves (not my favorite, so sometimes I throw in less)
1/2 cup sugar to start off with (you might want to add more depending on your preference, but no more than an extra 1/4 cup)
Put all the ingredients in a pot over medium-high heat and bring to a slow simmer.
Once the wine starts simmering, place the lid on and slowly simmer over low heat for about 15 minutes - sitting (and tasting) occasionally. This is where you would add some of the extra sugar if you’d like.
To serve, you can strain the glühwein and remove the rinds and spices and make sure it is served hot! I usually don’t strain the glühwein if I’ve made it with freshly squeezed orange juice, because I enjoy the pulp. For the aesthetics, you can add a cinnamon stick and some orange slices to the mug.
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