Traditional German Gluhwein

Dark red traditional German Gluhwein decorated with gingerbread and cinamon

Gluhwein is very similar to the British Mulled Wine, spiced red wine, served hot, after centuries-old recipes. Wine was first recorded as spiced and heated up in the First Century in Rome. From there the mulled wine developed over Europe. The Romans traveled around, conquering much of Europa.  They traded and spread the popular drink all over the countries. Christmas markets in Europe are often called Christkindl Market, the word means the Chrismas baby. Gluhwein is still today is produced according to our old-world tradition. Gluhwein is served during the advent season, i.e. the four to five weeks before Christmas and also after Christmas into January.

People enjoying hot German Gluhwein at Winter Wonderland

Traditional Gluhwein is usually prepared from red wine, for instance, a merlot. The wine is carefully heated up and spiced with cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise and aniseed, citrus, sugar and sometimes vanilla pods. It is sometimes drunk mit Schuss (with a shot). This means that rum or some other liquor has been added. Fruit wines are occasionally used in some parts of Germany. There also exists a variation of white Gluhwein in the French Alsace area and in parts of Switzerland.

What exactly is Traditional German Gluhwein?


The German name is Glühwein, glühen translates to glow, simply because the Gluhwein makes your cheeks glowing. Traditional German Gluhwein is deeply rooted in the German culture. Most noteworthy, several laws in Germany regulate how it needs to be prepared, heated up and served. Gluhwein is well known all over Germany, France, Italy and now makes its way through South Africa.  It can not only be made from wine, but also as a non-alcoholic version with apple, grape or red berry juices. Our recipe is passed in the family for more than 200 years. With our Gluhwein Spices, so that you will get a perfect GLUHWEIN – your favorite drink in winter.

Traditional German Gluhwein Cold Brew

In Europe, December is cold and snowy when people drink hot German gluhwein. We took it upside down! In 2017 we introduced worlds first Cold Brew Gluhwein version. We developed this – in the truest sense of the word – cool – premix to use it in our hot summer. Our spices come traditionally in cute little glass bottles. In 2018, we developed a new, more environmental packaging for the spices, little sachets.

Cold Brew Sumer Gluhwein mixed with lemons

Why are our gluhwein spices so popular?

Our spices and the Gluhwein you serve will be the highlight of your next party. It contains for sure all the necessary spices to make your Gluhwein at home. If you are a reseller, they are certainly a bestseller on your till.

Could we get your attention? We also sell Gluhwein cups, however, they are collectors items and different every year. No matter if you want to buy just a few spices for your next birthday or if you want to become a reseller, you can order any quantity. Find out more about our cute little Gluhwein spice bottles and our versatile sachets, or order right here:


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