24 December 2014

Glühwein and Kinderpunsch

Happy Christmas Eve! I hope you are all getting off work early and enjoying some serious family time. Sometimes I think Christmas Eve is more exciting than Christmas Day. All the anticipation and traditions. Mmmmm :) It's just the best day ever.

One of our family's Christmas traditions is enjoying a nice mug of glühwein. Glühwein is a German mulled wine drink that is served hot! It's absolutely delicious! Today I'm sharing my dad's glühwein recipe. Well, at least I think it's his recipe. It may just be one that he stole but has been calling his own. I'm sure we'll never know. ;)

I don't like to leave the kids (or the pregnant) out of anything festive, so I've included the kinderpunsch recipe that I've been using. Kinderpunsch is essentially the alcohol free version of glühwein. So so good!

If you try either of these recipes out, let me know. I'd love to hear how you like them!







INGREDIENTS :

4 quarts of sweet red wine
6-8 cinnamon sticks
12-15 whole cloves
2 oranges
1/2 lemon
2 cups sugar (to start)
1 pint brandy/amaretto (we've used rum too and that works just fine)
DIRECTIONS :

1. Combine all liquids in a large pot on low heat. Allow to simmer for apx. 15 minutes. Do not allow this mixture to boil. Ever. ;)
2. Slice both oranges as well as the half lemon and add them to your pot.
3. Break cinnamon sticks in half. Add cinnamon sticks, cloves and sugar to the pot.
4. Stir until sugar has completely dissolved. *You can continue to add sugar to taste. 
5. Using a ladle, serve into a festive coffee mug and ENJOY! 







INGREDIENTS :
5 tea bags in a berry flavor 
4 cups water
2 1/2 cups apple juice
1 1/2 cups orange juice
4-5 lemon slices
2 cinnamon sticks
8 whole cloves 
*Can be further sweetened with honey if you'd like although I think it is plenty sweet as is!
This is the tea I used in mine.
DIRECTIONS :
1. In a large saucepan on the stove, heat your water. Add your tea bags and allow to steep for about 5 minutes. 
2. Remove tea bags keeping your burner on a low/medium heat.
3. Add your apple juice, orange juice, lemon slices, cinnamon sticks and cloves. 
4. Allow to simmer for approximately 5 minutes (or longer just to enjoy the smell.) ;)
5. IF you have a fine strainer, you may want to strain the mixture a couple of times. I don't typically strain mine unless my lemon slices really go crazy in there. 
6. Using a ladle, serve into a festive coffee mug and ENJOY!

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