If you’ve already visited the Manchester Christmas Market, you will probably had a tipple or two of the delicious gluhwein or mulled wine that is served on the various Christmas market stalls. To recreate the festive favourite at home, try out our mulled wine Christmas recipe.

manchester-christmas-market gallery-200x300Gluhwein is traditionally made from red wine and spices and served warm. Historically, wine often went bad so by adding spices and honey it could be made more palatable. In more recent times, it has become a traditional winter warmer served at the festive season and a popular feature a Christmas markets.

Christmas Mulled Wine Recipe

1 litre red wine (this can be inexpensive wine)
75g sugar (to taste- depending on the wine used)
6 whole cloves
1-2 cinnamon sticks
Pinch of allspice
1 large orange
1 lemon
100ml brandy


Gluhwein-300x223Gently heat the wine in a large saucepan. Add the sugar and spices, lemon and orange zest and juice. Allow to steep over a gentle heat for 30 minutes. Do not allow the mixture to boil.

Finally add the brandy and heat for a further 5 minutes.

Strain before serving and garnish with a slice of orange.


Brandy can be substituted for rum or port or for a more intense orange flavour use triple sec or Cointreau instead.