Learn more about Glühwein. It tastes like Christmas in a mug.
The literal translation of Glühwein is glow wine but not because it’s a drink served warm, or because it often contains alcohol. Glühwein is made from red wine mixed with citrus and spices such as cinnamon, star anise, cloves and vanilla. The drink is sweetened with sugar and heated. Non-alcoholic Glühwein replaces the wine with a mixture of fruit juices. And sometimes, it’s served mit Schuss – with the addition of a shot of rum or some other liquor. So why “glow” wine? Traditionally, Glühwein is heated using a red-hot poker – that glows.
Food historians have traced the earliest references to Glühwein to Germany in the 1400s. Other cultures enjoy similar hot beverages during the Christmas season; these drinks also combine wine with spices, such as glögg in Nordic countries, mulled wine in England, and bisschopswijn in the Netherlands.
If you want to mix some of your own seasonal beverages and read about the history of Christmas, ask your local library to borrow:
Drinking with Saint Nick - Christmas Cocktails for Sinners and Saints, written by Michael Foley, published by Regnery History in 2018.
Bluevale’s Chamber Choir is an auditioned group consisting of 20 singers from all grades, who, in addition to being part of the large choir, Bluevale Singers, also come out to rehearse on Thursday mornings at 7am to further express their love for singing. They sing music of all styles, from classical, to folk songs from around the world, to pop and jazz, and are pleased to perform for you. Visit their website for more information.
Join our online community on Facebook and share your Glühwein or other favourite winter beverage stories and traditions.
Enjoy the atmosphere of Christmas Markets by making your own Glühwein. Scents of red wine, cinnamon, sugar, oranges, and cloves will bring winter magic into your home.