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The recipe is different from others posted in that it contains raisins and almonds. The English translation of Glühwein is "glow wine." The mulled wine got its name because it radiates heat and gives the drinker a glow.
- Combine wine, sugar, raisins, almonds, anisette, cinnamon stick, cloves, lemon peel, and orange peel in heavy large saucepan.
- Scrape in seeds from vanilla bean and then add bean.
- Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes to blend flavors.
- (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cool, cover, and chill. Bring to simmer before serving.).
This recipe was the best tasting Gluhwein I have tasted! I normally like a sweeter type of wine. The sugar and raisins gave it a wonderful taste that was not too sweet. I made it for a "German" themed party this weekend and everybody raved about it. Needless to say it was gone with a few minutes. Definately make a double recipe.