gluehwein (mulled wine), a popular holiday drink in GermanyI had only vaguely heard of mulled wine (Glühwein in German) while living in Canada and I associated it as a drink that only old people drink.

Then I moved to Germany and everything changed.  Mulled wine is the most popular holiday drink at German Christmas Markets.

gluehwein (mulled wine), a popular holiday drink at German Christmas markets

Some people collect the various Gluewein mugs from the various German Christmas Markets.

It’s red wine served warm with a dash of cinnamon, cloves, orange and sugar added.  Social events revolve around Glühwein during the holiday season.  Friends bundle up and catch up over a mug of Glühwein at one of the many Glühwein stalls found at My Favorite 3 Christmas Markets in Munich or My Favorite European Christmas Markets.

The German Christmas Markets just started last week and I’ve already lost track of the number of Glühweins I’ve consumed, although never more than one or two at a time.  Glühwein is to be consumed slowly and the intense flavors savoured.  It was not a love at first taste for me and Glühwein, I found it assaulted my tastebuds, but with one Glühwein season under my belt, I have acquired a taste for it.  Just don’t ask me choose between Glühwein and a Starbuck’s Gingerbread Latte.

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Laurel Robbins is the founder of Monkeys and Mountains, an adventure travel blog and company that helps people plan their active holidays in a sustainable way. Although Canadian, she lives in Germany. You can find her in the mountains on most weekends.