Some of the oldest documented appearances of glühwein in history occur as early as 1420, in the form of a special gold plated tankard that belonged to a German nobleman just for sipping this sweet and spicy liquid. Many of the recipes have remained the same since the drink’s early days where a base of red wine is combined with the popular spices of the season, including citrus, cinnamon, star anise, cloves, and vanilla, all sweetened with sugar. Sometimes the drink is consumed mit Schuss – that’s with a shot, usually of rum or other liquor. As a nod to this special drink of the season, that is found in served warm in the Christmas Markets, here is a traditional recipe!


1 bottle red wine , 750 ml Cabernet, Merlot, Zinfandel, etc. (dry red wine)
2 cups orange juice freshly squeezed (or 100% juice)
1/3 cup brandy
1/4 cup honey
2 in inch piece of ginger peeled and cuthalf
2 star anise pods
2 cinnamon sticks
1 orange whole (1 more if you want to garnish with slices)
1-2 tablespoons whole cloves


Add wine, brandy, orange juice, ginger, and honey to a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir to dissolve honey.
Rinse orange thoroughly and stud all over with cloves. If needed, pierce orange with knife or toothpick first to create holes for the cloves.
Add clove-studded orange, cinnamon sticks and star anise to the wine mixture.
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Carefully strain wine and serve warm, garnished with sliced orange, star anise, and cinnamon.
(Optional: make your mulled wine in a slow cooker by combining ingredients and cooking on low for 2-3 hours.)

Please drink responsibly!  Enjoy!

Yes, there will be a beverage of choice for the evening!!  We are going old school traditional, and will be drinking


You are cordially invited to join us as we *virtually* kickoff

🎅🏻🎄Christmas 2020🎄🎅🏻

Our 2022 AWTL European Christmas Markets River Cruise will be the topic,

with a special guest from AmaWaterways who will lead the webinar!

We will have special rates, amenities, and group activities while on this epic trip into a postcard.

Come discover Europe with us!!   


December 8-15, 2022 7 night River Cruise
Basel to Amsterdam
*with opportunity for pre/post night stay add-ons.

Don't forget to pre-register!! We are so excited to share this Bucket-list Worthy Trip!

We'll see you Thursday December 3rd, at 7:00pm.

-Chesha & Rick

Thursday December 3rd, 2020

7 o'clock pm

Please click here to register in advance!