I love my son-in-law.Â And not just because he’s married to my daughter.Â He is a genuinely nice guy.Â And he likes to cook.Â In fact, he will be the lone guy at our annual Christmas Cookie Baking Day since his wife, my daughter, is in their new home in Arizona.
He stayed behindÂ in our hometown to complete the school year and sell their home.Â He is a mean old 7th grade comm arts teacher.
This is my son-in-law’s current school picture.Â The principal wouldn’t let him wear his pirate eye patch this year.Â This is the picture that pops up when we talk on the phone.
My son-in-law was born in Germany and has spent a lot of time there as an adult, too.Â One of the first times he visited us when he was dating our daughter, he made a batch of GlÃ¼hwein for some other friends who were coming over to visit.Â It was a big hit because they had also lived in Germany for a few years.Â It was a great way to get to know our future son-in-law and our friends better as they reminisced about their years in Germany.
This was one of the signs outside a London pub.
When I was in London earlier this month, all of the restaurants and pubs were advertising their hot drinks.Â Hot mulled wine is popular in Europe in the Wintertime, and I remember when it was popular here in the States back in the 80s.
Hot mulled wine and hot apple cider smell like Christmas to me.Â So this week I thought I would share my son-in-law’s recipe for GlÃ¼hwein (or hot mulled wine) and another one for hot apple cider.Â Both are super simple to make and oh so yummy.
GlÃ¼hwein ingredients – a jug ‘o wine, oranges, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, brown sugar, and lemon juice.
Buy extra oranges, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and brown sugar because you’ll be using the same ingredients for the hot apple cider.Â I’ll share that recipe later this week.
Cut the oranges into quarters and push a few cloves into each segment.
Pour the wine into a large pot and add all of the remainder of the ingredients.Â Turn the heat onto medium low to low and bring the mixture up to a simmer.Â Â Stir until the brown sugar is dissolved.Â Cover the pot and simmerÂ on low for about 20 minutes.Â Do not boil.Â Taste and adjust by adding more sugar, cinnamon, or cloves if necessary.
Serve in a mug or pretty wine glass.
GlÃ¼hwein (Hot Mulled Wine)
About 16 servings
1 4-liter jug of Carlo Rossi Burgundy wine (or any deep red wine)
2 oranges, unpeeled and quartered
12 whole cloves, more to taste
4 cinnamon sticks, more to taste
1Â½ cups brown sugar, more to taste
1 TB lemon juice
Pour the wine into a large pot and turn the heat on low.Â Push the whole cloves into the orange segments and place into the wine.Â AddÂ the cinnamon sticks, brown sugar,Â and lemon juice to the mixture.Â Stir until the sugar is dissolved.Â Cover and allow the mixture to heat through on the low setting for about 20 minutes.Â Do not boil.
Taste and add additional sugar, cloves, or cinnamon, if necessary.Â Strain the liquid through a sieve to remove the fruit and cinnamon sticks.Â Serve warm in mugs.Â Keeps well in a crock pot or coffee urn on a low setting for serving at parties.