Want something to warm you right down to your holiday soul? Try glow wine.
Glow wine comes from the German word “gluehwein” (pronounced “glue-vine”). The American term for the same or similar drink is “mulled wine.” But “glow” makes this very simple and fantastically flavorful hot drink sound so much more magical, which is just what you need to warm you right down to your soul when it’s wintry cold and dark outside.
Preparation Time: about 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes
1 Bottle of Robustly Flavored Red Wine
1-2 Tablespoons Sugar
5 Whole Cloves
1 Cinnamon Stick
Medium Sized Pot
Coffee Mugs or Sturdy Glasses
1. Rinse and shake dry a lemon. Carefully cut half the rind from the lemon until what you have looks about like …
…this. (Don’t worry if your lemon rind doesn’t come out in one piece as shown here. Cutting it in one piece takes practice—and even then, it doesn’t always work out. No problem.)
2. Make 5 relatively evenly spaced slits in the lemon rind with the tip of a sharp knife, and push a clove, pointed-end first, into each of the slits.
3. Open the wine bottle. For bottles with corks, use a sharp knife to remove the foil seal at the top of the bottleneck, and use a corkscrew to pull out the cork.
4. Add to a medium sized pot 1-2 tablespoons sugar (I recommend starting with 1 tablespoon sugar and then adding more sugar if needed to taste), the lemon rind with cloves,…
… 1 cinnamon stick and the bottle of red wine.
5. Put the pot on the stove, and turn on the burner to LOW-MEDIUM. Give the wine a quick stir with a tablespoon to help dissolve the sugar.
6. Let the wine cook slowly for 15-20 minutes until it steams heavily but DOES NOT start to bubble to a boil. In the meantime, warm the mugs or glasses you’re going to use by filling them with hot tap water.
7. When the wine is hot and ready to serve, pour out the warm water from the mugs or glasses, pour the hot glow wine and either serve as is or cut in a piece of lemon rind for added flavor.
Images courtesy of Bruce Tretter