Friday, March 8, 2013

{simply sweet | gluhweine recipe}

Happy Friday! We've made it another week! To kick off our weekend, our Simply Sweet post is really about a sweet delicious wine. 
While in the Netherlands, we took a day trip to Belgium to try out some waffles and chocolate. Everything was so yummy and sweet, but our favorite treat was Gluhweine. This is a drink made with red wine along with various spices and here it was servd nice and hot. I fell in Love with this wine! It warmed us right up.

Here is a recipe from Food.com
Another recipe can be found here.
Below is a recipe we found from a fellow blogger, Dreaming of Winter.
To 4 litres of red wine you need:
  • Caster sugar (amount proportional to quality of red wine, the worse the wine the more sugar you need, add it to taste, but start with about 2 cups)
  • 6 - 8 Cinnamon sticks
  • Whole cloves
  • 2 Oranges
  • Whole allspice
  • 2 cups of orange juice
  • If you wish to get your friends and yourself tipsy even more quickly, or just to add a little extra kick, add brandy, sweet sherry or port to the mix. (optional but rather tasty)
Method:
  1. Pour the red wine into a large pot and put it on the stove on a very low heat – you must not let the wine boil or the world could end… and that is not something you want to risk...
  2. I tend to cut the oranges into slices and then put about 4 cloves into each slice, then put them in with the wine.
  3. Break the cinnamon sticks in half or thirds and put them in with the wine as well as 10 of the whole all spice.
  4. Add in the sherry or port as well as 2 cups of orange juice.
  5. Add in 2 cups of sugar and stir.
  6. Stir on and off for about 30 mins to give the spices time to infuse with the wine and for the magic to occur, then taste it, and add more sugar as needed (possible up to 4 or 5 cups more in the wine is really bad).
  7. Let it cook/infuse/whatever for about 30 mins more (again, not letting it boil).
  8. Drink and be happy :)

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