Reminds me of cold December evenings in Germany, strolling around Weihnachtsmarkt (or the Münchner Christkindlmarkt in Bayern) here is a rezept (recipe) for some lovely, red Glühwein that tastes remarkably similar to that I had in Germany.
1 cup orange juice
2/3 – 3/4 cup sugar
1 cinnamon stick
10 whole cloves
1 orange, cut into quarters, peel and all (optional)
1 – 750ml bottle of Merlot (I use the Oak Leaf stuff at Walmart, under three bucks a bottle. I’ve tried others, but come back to this because it TASTES more like the German Glühwein I had)
Put everything but the wine into a 3-quart saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring til the sugar dissolves. Let it boil for a minute or two. Turn off the heat and let the syrup cool. When cool, remove the ‘hunks’ from the syrup.
Now, pour in the wine and heat-through and enjoy!