Years ago, long before smart phones, I had an amazing opportunity to visit Munich during December! It was about 7°, snowy and magical! Every day I would go to the Marienplatz and walk along the shops, see the Rathaus-Glockenspiel and take in the Christkindlmarkt. Even in the cold, chilly evening weather, folks were out and about and cheerful. Then I saw my first Glühwein stand. I didn’t even know what it was. I just saw steamy, blue mugs that smelled of warm spices and happy faces. So I used the little German I retained from high school and college and discovered this mug of goodness was mulled red wine with spices. I became mug carrying accredited Glühwein drinking member after my first sip! Then I continued my shopping at the markets stands cheerful and content.
Look at me, all young back in 2000!
Since then, I have seen many recipes for making mulled spice wine. Which is all the Glühwein is (pronounced glue-vine). It’s best served warm. I’ve tried a few recipes. Sometimes it just takes one really horrible outcome after all the time, effort and expense of making it on your own to realize a perfectly great product exists and is perfected. I find my Glühwein at World Market and I stock up for the season! (some for me, some for gifts).
I brought back two mugs with me from my trip. I enjoy pulling them out of the cupboard just for the special mulled spiced wine season. They are only for special people (meaning not my kids! sorry girls).
They just hold such special memories. And that is the charm of the season, isn’t it? Making new memories while holding on to the dear ones.
Side note – to anyone reading this that lives in the Pacific Northwest, I highly recommend the town of Leavenworth. It is a little town nestled in the Cascades in Washington. They have turned the town into a little slice of Bavaria. Every store front has been painted and built out to look Bavarian style. Even the Starbucks!
This is the town of Leavenworth. Isn’t it adorable? The shops, the food and the people are just amazing. If you would ever consider going, I would highly recommend a Bed & Breakfast called Abendblume (evening flower).
You will be treated to an exceptional stay. Each room is decorated to a different theme and is 5 star. Coffee will be available on a server near your room for you to take back and enjoy until breakfast is served. My favorite breakfast is Aebleskivers with fresh fruit.
It’s a ride into town, but the views you have are breathtaking.