Winter might not be everyone’s favourite season, but it is the one where you can readily enjoy Glühwein, which makes it alright by us. Here’s a super simple recipe to make your very own winter warmer!



  • ½ orange, sliced
  • ½ lemon, sliced
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 1 star anise spice
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 200 ml water
  • 750 ml Merlot
  • 2 tablespoons brandy to taste (optional)


  • In a large pot, combine the orange and lemon slices, cinnamon stick, cloves, anise spice, sugar and water.
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
  • Once the sugar and spices have infused into the water, turn the heat down to a low temperature and pour in Merlot as well as the brandy (if using), while stirring the mixture.
  • Heat until steaming and then remove from the heat. Do not boil the Glühwein as this will result in the alcohol evaporating.
  • Serve hot in mugs or glasses that have been preheated in warm water (cold glasses will break), using lemon slices or cinnamon sticks for decoration.
  • If there is leftover Glühwein after 1 hour of making it, remove the orange and lemon slices so they don’t make the liquid bitter. Store any leftover Glühwein in a glass container at room temperature and consume within two days.

So, there you have it, a super simple Glühwein recipe that’s guaranteed to keep you warm this winter!