The holidays call for a warm beverage that feels like home, and nothing is better than a beautiful blend of aromatic seasonings in gluhwein.
Gluhwein is a classic winter beverage that has become a must-have for almost all households. Although it is traditionally made with red wine and spices, adding your twist to this with apples is a great idea. So whether you have some leftover apples from the apple pie you made or just want to add this seasonal fruit to your drink, apple gluhwein is a perfect and delicious beverage for you.
To know the full recipe and the techniques involved in preparing this savory apple mulled wine, stick till the end of this blog. So without any further ado, let’s get started.
Giving your drink the alcoholic punch is the wine used in the gluhwein. You can choose red wine or white wine, depending on your preference. However, we will stick with the classic red wine to make this hot spiced drink. The only thing you should make sure of is choosing a wine with fruity undertones to complement the blend of the condiments.
You must make sure not to boil the wine on high heat as it will eliminate the alcohol concentration present in the beverage and leave an acidic aftertaste.
The Apple mulled wine is a delightful blend of a variety of citrus fruits, apples, and aromatic spices like cinnamon, cloves, etc. It is crucial to strike a balance between all these zests to taste all notes of flavors from the wine and the spices. Steer clear of using ground spices in this recipe as it changes the drink’s texture and makes it grainy.
The apples and the wine in this recipe can make this a little too fruity and alcoholic in taste, but the lemons/orange saves the day with the citrus flavors. Achieving the right balance will surely impress your guests.
Now that you know all the essential things you should keep in mind while preparing for this mulled wine. We can now move to the ingredients and the recipe of apple gluhwein.
- A bottle of dry/sweet red wine (you can also use white wine; make sure the quality is good)
- Slice your red apples, make sure they are not too thin
- 6-8 whole cloves
- ⅓ cup apple cider vinegar(optional)
- 4-6 star anise
- 3-4 sticks of cinnamon
- ¼ cup of brown/white sugar
- Thinly slice your lemons/oranges
- Cut your vanilla pods in halves
Pour your wine into the saucepan and put it on medium to low heat. Add the spices and blend it all in.
When the sugar begins to melt, put in the sliced apples and the lemons/oranges. Mix it well and add the required apple cider vinegar for extra flavor.
Allow simmering until all of the ingredients have melted together. The only way to make the perfect cup of apple gluhwein is patience.
Once you can smell the aromas of the mulled wine, take it off the heat. You can either serve it right away or store it for an infusion of the flavors.
The best and most traditional way of serving any mulled wine is to serve it hot in a ceramic cup. Generally, this is a popular drink for the winter season and can be served with various snacks like nuts, cheese, cookies, etc.
You can be creative with the garnishes and add thinly sliced apples and lemons/oranges. Along with this, add some whole spices like cinnamon and star anise in the apple mulled wine.
Without a doubt, gluhwein is a delicious drink, but if you take pleasure in trying out something different or just are not a big fan of the traditional gluhwein, then you should give this apple gluhwein recipe a try.
The best thing about this mulled wine is the diverse range of variations you can make with the recipe. Apple gluhwein is a beverage made with apples and flavorful ingredients, quickly becoming a family favorite.
You can avoid using wine and keep it simple by adding spiced apple juice if you are serving kids. With this, serve this hot mulled wine with some snacks and impress your family to have a great time.
I hope you had a great time reading this blog and enjoyed the apple gluhwein recipe.