MULLED WINE (Glühwein)
Germans enjoy Glühwein or "Glow Wine" quite a bit around Christmas and New Year's Day. A favorite place to sip a warming glass is outside at the Christmas market.
(makes 24 glasses)
Ingredients: 2 bottles red wine, 1 cup sugar, 3 cups water, 1 lemon, sliced, 20 whole cloves, 6 to 8 cinnamon sticks, 1 orange, sliced for garnish.
Directions: Mix water, lemon and spices and simmer for an hour. Strain. Heat but do not boil the red wine. Add wine to hot water mixture. Ladle into cups and serve with half a slice of orange.
Prost! Well then, after a sip or two, you may want to offer some to Santa as well. After all, he has such a tough job each year, and a bit of alcohol will keep him nice and toasty on his sleigh. But don't let him get electrocuted on the train tracks!