Recipe By marthajones
Published Nov 24th
Prep 20m Cook 5m Additional - Ready In 25m
Servings 6 and 3/4 cups Calories 479.2

A delicious beverage to keep adults warm and festive for the winter holiday months. Serve warm and keep warm in a slow cooker for a party. This recipe serves 4 but can easily be multiplied. Add more spices and/or sugar as desired.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 10 sugar cubes
  • 2 (750 milliliter) bottles red wine
  • 1 (3 inch) cinnamon stick
  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • 1 whole star anise pods
  • 1 ½ cups sour cherries - drained, juice reserved
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced
  • 3 fluid ounces kirschwasser

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Combine the sugar cubes, wine, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, and star anise in a saucepan. Heat over medium heat until the mixture begins to foam.
  2. 2 Remove from heat and transfer to a slow cooker to keep warm. Stir in the sour cherries and their juice; add the kirschwasser and the orange slices.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 479.2
  • Carbohydrate 35.3 g
  • Fat 0.2 g
  • Fiber 1.4 g
  • Protein 1.1 g
  • Saturated Fat 0.1 g
  • Sodium 22 mg
  • Sugar 8.7 g

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Chef's Notes

This can be made ahead of time and refrigerated. Pour the mulled wine in a slow cooker to warm and serve; You can substitute 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon of white sugar for the 10 sugar cubes.


  1. Really enjoyed this recipe however due to lack of ingredients I had to make the following changes. I didn't have the Kirschwasser so I used one bottle of sweet cherry wine and one bottle of shiraz. (It is hard to find what type of red wine should be used most recipes don't say so I - Read more ...
  2. This is the third year I've made gluhwein and the third recipe I've tried. This one is a keeper. Went over really well at my Christmas potluck.
  3. It was easy to make and the taste of the Gluhwein brought back great memories from my trip to Germany. I loved the recipe.
  4. I got this recipe from a weihnachtsmarkt in Germany. The owners of the stand did not mind giving me the recipe. This is authentic as you can get.
  5. I haven't been to Germany and haven't tasted this in the Christmas markets so this is an opinion from a more "typical" American. Like the 1st poster said this is a good "base" recipe to adapt to what you have on hand taste preferences and your creativity. If you like German bitters this will appeal - Read more ...
  6. This is a great recipe and very forgiving. You don't have to have all the exact ingredients to make it work but the more you have the better it will turn out. We've been to the Christmas markets in Germany and this tasted just like what we had there. We loved it even on a - Read more ...