Gosh what a hectic week this has been. And WHY is it always like this when the Holiday Season is on?
Anway, by the end of this week the worst of the work stress will be behind me (knocking on wood) and I'm really looking forward to some much deserved off-time with my sweetheart and friends. Since the weather has gone freezing cold here, it's perfect for our planned trip to the local Christmas Markets with friends.
Christmas Markets are one of the true joys of the Holiday Season. You may find Santa, decorations, ornaments, carnival rides, and partake of Lebkuchen (spice cookies) candies, roasted almonds and chestnuts, and of course, Gluehwein, or Glow Wine. These spiced wines are especially delicious when you have a bit of a chill, as, in addition to their delicious flavors, they will give you a feeling of warmth (a glow) from the tip of your nose to the tip of your toes (pardon, but it is true).
Here's a receipt of a "traditional Gluehwein" :
Hot Mulled Wine (Glühwein, "glow wine")
Ingredients (serves 2-3 persons)
- 1 bottle of dry red wine (750 ml)
- one lemon
- 2 sticks of cinnamon
- 3 cloves
- 3 tablespoons of sugar
- some cardamom (or ginger)
Heat the red wine in a pot (don't boil). Cut the lemon into slices and add to the wine. Then add the cinnamon, cloves, sugar and a little cardamom (to taste). Heat everything for about 5 minutes - do not boil - and let stand for about an hour. Before serving, reheat and strain. Serve in prewarmed glasses or mugs.