Thursday, 15 December 2016

Non-alcohol Glühwein

We paid $9 for a bottle of alcohol-free Glühwein at the local Christkindl Market this month. It was delicious but a bit on the sweet side for my taste.

I looked for a recipe that was similar and tried a couple of online recommendations. This drink is similar to Mexican Christmas Punch without the added fruit. It is best when warm but is also good when chilled.

Here is a basic recipe that can be modified in many ways by changing the juice and spices.

  • 4 cups unsweetened 100% juice such as grape, cranberry blends, or apple cider
  • 2 cups tea- black, hibiscus, or other
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 4-5 cardamon seeds, lightly crushed
  • allspice seed, crushed
  • freshly grated nutmeg
  • rind and juice of one orange- peel the rind off the fruit with a sharp knife
  • rind and juice of one lemon
  • 2 tbsp sugar if desired (I didn't add sugar)
Put all ingredients in a 2 litre pot and simmer for 30 minutes. Do not boil. Strain and serve.

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