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Roughly translated as smouldering wine, Glühwein is popular in the German speaking countries and the Alsace region of France. The oldest documented Glühwein tankard dates from 1420 and is attributed to Count John IV a German nobleman who was the first cultivator of Reisling grapes.
Red wine, cinnamon sticks, cloves, star aniseed, orange and sugar form the basis of a traditional recipe. Sometimes drunk with a shot of rum added.
Our nordic cousins have pretty much the same recipe, but they tend to add stronger stuff such as vodka, akvavit, rum or brandy. They also tend to infuse their spices longer to give it a more prenounced taste and serve it with raisins, blanched almonds and ginger biscuits.