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Weihnachtsbowle Gluhwein

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A delicious beverage to keep adults warm and festive for the winter holiday months. Serve warm and keep warm in a slow cooker for a party. This recipe serves 4 but can easily be multiplied. Add more spices and/or sugar as desired.

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  • Calories:
  • 479 kcal
  • 24%
  • Fat:
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Carbs:
  • 35.3g
  • 11%
  • Protein:
  • 1.1 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 22 mg
  • < 1%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  1. Combine the sugar cubes, wine, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, and star anise in a saucepan. Heat over medium heat until the mixture begins to foam.
  2. Remove from heat and transfer to a slow cooker to keep warm. Stir in the sour cherries and their juice; add the kirschwasser and the orange slices.
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This is a great recipe and very forgiving. You don't have to have all the exact ingredients to make it work but the more you have the better it will turn out. We've been to the Christmas markets in Germany and this tasted just like what we had there. We loved it even on a hot Christmas eve in Hawaii. Thanks so much marthajones for the recipe.


I haven't been to Germany and haven't tasted this in the Christmas markets, so this is an opinion from a more "typical" American. Like the 1st poster said, this is a good "base" recipe to adapt to what you have on hand, taste preferences and your creativity. If you like German bitters, this will appeal to you. Overall, it has a bitter tone that some may like and others not so much. The Kirschwasser to me is a strong alcohol as well as on the bitter side. If I made this again (and I will make it again) I would try cherry schnapps or a more 'recreational' alcohol to cut the bitter. For this recipe, I ended up adding about 1 cup honey and 1/2 cup frozen orange juice concentrate to cut the bitterness. I also added 1tsp cinnamon and a couple shakes of nutmeg because I wanted more of the spice flavor. I used a house red wine with a "cherry" note to it. (Black Box Shiraz) It is a definitely alcoholic, wonderful German version for Sangria. I like the taste and the taste gets better and better as I get to the bottom of the mug. :) Thanks to the author for such a unique and wonderful holiday beverage.


I got this recipe from a weihnachtsmarkt in Germany. The owners of the stand did not mind giving me the recipe. This is authentic as you can get.