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German Glühwein

What you need: 

375 milliliters vegan Merlot wine
2 teabags black tea
2 cups water
5 whole cloves
1 whole cinnamon stick
4 whole pimientos (aka allspice)
3 pieces broken off an anise star
Zest from 1 orange
3 tablespoons sugar (or to taste)
Orange juice (optional)

What you do: 

1) Place all ingredients in a small pot and heat just below a simmer. Be careful not to boil. You will lost all the alcohol and a lot of the flavor if you heat this too much. Keep the lid on and let heat for 10 to 15 minutes. You can turn the heat off and just let it sit for a bit, but take out the teabags at some point so it doesn't get too strong. Add orange juice to taste, if desired.
2) Strain into mugs and drink responsibly.
This is best to drink when it's cold outside. You can make this non-alcoholic by using red grape juice instead of wine, but the wine is traditional.
If you have trouble with the spices, I recommend checking out the pictures on the Cook's Thesaurus: http://www.foodsubs.com/SpiceUniv.html

Preparation Time: 
20 minutes
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
4
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

Made this to take to my mother in laws house for thanksgiving and it is wonderful!!!  I might just keep it for myself.  One thing, I doubled the recipe and I am not sure that it will be enough! 

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What do you mean by whole allspice.  The allspice I have is in powder form, how much would I use?  I really want to make this, I have everything for it.  I just don't understand the allspice thing. :o

Allspice is a dried berry, available in the spice section whole or in powdered form. It's about the size of a juniper berry. If you must use the powdered, go easy as the flavour will grow more concentrated as the wine sits.

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What do you mean by whole allspice.  The allspice I have is in powder form, how much would I use?  I really want to make this, I have everything for it.  I just don't understand the allspice thing. :o

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I just showed this recipe to my mom.  Just reading it makes me shudder in anticipation- brings back memories of the christmas markets in frankfurt and munich.  I am wicked excited to try this recipe come the cold weather... but, being that I live at the beach, it might be a while till its cold enough...  might just have to make it if it gets to 25C or so  :)

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Ooooooooooh yayyyyyyyyyyyy! I loved Gluhwein when I lived in Germany!! Hooray, thanks VegAnna!! I'll review this recipe in December  ;) because I'll definitely be wanting some when the weather gets cold again!

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