Glühwein, or hot mulled wine, is a staple of Christmas markets in Europe. What better way to warm up while shopping outdoors! It is typically prepared using red wine that is heated and spiced with cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise, orange, sugar and at times, vanilla pods. Some versions include an extra shot of rum or another liquor, others are made with white wine, and Kinderpunsch, made for children, is non-alcoholic. The Feuerzangenbowle version features the addition of a rum-soaked sugarloaf that is set on fire and allowed to drip into the wine. Swedish Glögg traditionally contains a bit more alcohol along with some fruit and nuts. Any version is delicious and a great way to warm up in the cold!
Another part of the Glühwein tradition is the souvenir mug it is served in. Most European Christmas markets feature a special mug unique to the market and the year. The drinks are served In these mugs and the price includes a deposit. You can return the mug for your deposit back, or keep it for your collection of special Christmas market memories. You won’t want to miss the chance to get your very own inaugural Christkindlmarkt Door County Glühwein mug!