In December, Switzerland comes alive with Christmas markets in every city and town. There’s nothing more festive than strolling through a Christmas market, shopping for presents for your loved ones, taking in the spirit of Christmas and sipping on a hot beverage to keep your hands warm. My favourite Christmas market drink is Glühwein and my advent market visit is never complete without a glug of this spicy, zesty warm wine.
To celebrate a wintery Swiss Christmas I’m sharing with you a recipe to warm you to your bones on a cold day.
The secret to mulling a good Glühwein is the right mixture of red wine, cinnamon sticks, sugar, oranges and cloves. Find the basic recipe below and you could tweak it to your tastebuds.
- 1 bottle red wine
- 1/2 lemon, cut into slices
- 1/2 orange, cut into slices
- 1/8 cup of fresh lemon juice (from the other half of unsliced lemon)
- 1/4 cup of fresh orange juice (from the other half of unsliced orange)
- 4 Tbsp. sugar
- 8 dried cardamom pods
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 6 whole cloves
Throw all ingredients into a saucepan and bring to a boil for about 1 minute. Then reduce heat to low and allow wine to simmer for roughly 10-15 minutes. Serve with an orange slice and enjoy.
Cheers and Merry Christmas!