Laessiger Glühwein (mulled wine)

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What you need

  • 1 bottle of Laessiger Zweigelt
  • 50 g of sugar (or more, depending on desired sweetness)
  • 2 organic oranges (untreated peel)
  • 2-3 pieces of star anise
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Gin or vodka (optional)

What to do

  1. Peel strips (using a peeler) from the upper part of the orange. For even more beautiful aromas and flavors, use a zester.
  2. Put the peel/zest, sugar and spices into a pan and pour in just enough wine so that the sugar is sufficiently covered, but the spices are not completely dry: about half a bottle, depending on the pot size.

    If you like it very orangy, then you can cut the orange into quarters and add to the pan.
  3. Heat slowly and, when the sugar has dissolved, cook for a few minutes to better bring out the flavors.
  4. Then reduce the heat, add the rest of the wine, and bring to the desired drinking temperature.
  5. If you’re feeling adventurous and want to give it a go – add one or two shots of gin or vodka

And if you still have cinnamon sticks, star anise and oranges left, then garnish the cups with them - looks great!