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Traditional Austrian Glühwein Recipe with Cranberries & Cointreau

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Looking for a delicious and warming winter beverage? Try your hand at this traditional Austrian Glühwein recipe. This classic concoction is perfect for filling mugs on chilly winter nights, complete with the right blend of fragrant spices and robust flavors. Perfect for cold winter days and prepared in under 10 minutes.

I love the winter and Christmas season. Nothing makes me more happy than that special season. In Austria the Christmas time is famous for their Christmas markets and their varieties of delicious Glühwein and Punch.

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Glühwein recipes and their history

A Glühwein is the Austrian version of a mulled wine or glögg. Traditionally a Glühwein is a red wine infused with spices like cloves, cinnamon sticks, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg or anise and sometimes contains raisins too. Sometimes you’ll get it with a “Schuss” (a shot) which means that rum or some other liquor has been added. But today there are a lot of different flavoured mulled wine recipes available and the creativity knows no end.

Heated spiced wine was first recorded in Rome during the 2nd century.

A Glühwein is roughly translated as “glowing wine” ( from the temperature the wine is heated to)and is very popular in German-speaking countries and in the region of Alsace in France. It is a traditional beverage offered during the Christmas holidays and is exclusively served on Christmas markets.

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Gather the Ingredients.

Begin by gathering the ingredients needed to make this Glühwein. Once you have gathered all of the necessary ingredients, you are ready to begin.


  • 1 bottle of quality red wine, you don’t want to get a headache, right?!?
  • 250ml Remy Cointreau or any other orange flavoured tripple sec
  • 500ml cranberry juice
  • 150g fresh cranberries
  • 3 star anise
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 5 gloves
  • 100ml orange juice
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 3 tangerines cut into slices

Preparing that delicious holiday drink recipe

Put all the ingredients into a medium sized pot and heat it up to a simmer. let everything steep for about 20 minutes on low heat or until the cranberries are tender and burst.

Serve hot in a mug or mugs with a handle 😊

One of the best things about Glühwein is that it can be served hot in a mug or mugs with handle and lid. And even if you don’t own any special mugs, it still tastes amazing when served in a simple glass or ceramic container. But to truly capture the warm rustic atmosphere that comes along with this traditional Austrian wine, find yourself some sturdy mugs or steins to serve it in. Whether they have fancy handles and seals, or simply two holes for easy sipping – your guests will love how special their hot Glühwein experience will become!

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Happy holidays everyone and enjoy that delightful warming drink with people you love and care <3

Warm spicy hugs Nina

If you enjoyed this recipe maybe you’d like our refreshing recipe for Blackberry Mojitos too.

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Cranberry Cointreau mulled wine recipe – an easy Austrian Glühwein recipe

This is an delicious recipe for an easy mulled wine. Its made up wit red wine some delicious spices, fresh cranberries and Cointreau, a yummy orange flavoured triple sec. perfect to get warm on cold winter days.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Drinks, holiday drinks, hot alcoholic drinks
Cuisine: American, austrian, norwegian, worldly
Keyword: caramel apple cinnamon rolls, cointreau, cranberries, german glühwein recipe, glögg, glögg recipe, glühwein, glühwein rezept einfach, holiday drinks recipe, mulled wine, mulled wine recipe easy, red wine, star anis
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 307kcal
Author: Nina


  • 1 bottle red wine quality wine, you don't want a headache the next day
  • 250 ml cointreau or another orange flavoured tripple sec
  • 3 star anis
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 5 cloves whole
  • 1 vanilla pod or 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 500 ml cranberry juice
  • 100 ml fresh orange juice
  • 3 clementines cut into slices or 2 oranges cut into slices
  • 100 g brown sugar or more
  • 150 g fresh cranberries


  • Put all ingredients in a medium sized pot and heat it up to a simmer.
    Important: No boiling!
    Let the mulled wine simmer for about 30 minutes on low temperature so that the spices release their flavour.


Calories: 307kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 312mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 78IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg

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Samantha November 27, 2020 at 10:14 am

5 stars
This was awesome but your recipes are different. I used the one listed in the blog instead of the card. I cooked it in my crockpot and the smell was heavenly. Even the people who hate red wine had two servings or more. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

Nina November 27, 2020 at 10:25 pm

Hello Samantha, I usually make my recipes 5-7 times until I finally write a blog post about the recipe. I guess I got mixed up in all my notices. ? thx for letting me know. I fixed the mistake and am glad that all your guests loved the mulled wine . Happy Friday ?


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