#7 Glühwein

The temperature is hovering between -4 and -10 c. There are piles of snow everywhere, and more is falling all the time. The streets are a deathly mix of ice, snow and mud. Is it any wonder Germans have taken to the streets in their masses to drink hot alcoholic beverages? Anytime of the day or night, glühwein is consumed in huddled crowds. It’s pretty potent stuff and everyone loves to joke about the headaches the next day. But if you’re feeling a little chilly, a steaming mug of this medieval mixture is a remarkable cure. The inevitable headaches are usually blamed on the poor quality wine used by Weihnachtsmarkt vendors. However, in my research I uncovered the real reason: the interaction of alcohol with sugar (and of course the cheaper the wine, the more sugar required). Less is apparently more when it comes to sweetening the mix. In my opinion, the essential combination of cold weather and Christmas spices means this drink is unlikely to take off in Australia. If the rumours are true, however, it’s snowing at Thredbo. Happy white Christmas Australia.

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3 Responses to “#7 Glühwein”


  1. 1 Jo December 20, 2010 at 12:40 am

    Hi Ally,

    It’s so cold here! I can’t believe we’re in Summer! Must be snowing at Thredbo. Somehow I think it’s far more alluring over there!!

    It’s still so wonderful to hear from you…I’m loving it all but particularly loving your Christmas posts.

    Hope you’re well. Lots happening hear. Informative email to come!
    Lots of love,
    Jo
    xo

  2. 2 Gerri Frederiksen December 20, 2010 at 2:23 am

    Ali, as the last post mentioned, it is awfully chilly here today and I could do with a glass of that gluwein, right now!

    One of the most memorable Christmas’s I have experienced was when Torbs and I, with baby Christian, spent Christmas in Denmark, with Torben’s family.
    There was much eating and drinking around the table (lasting for hours!) and at midnight on the 24th, we all held hands and walked around the Christmas tree, singing carols, (mine were in English of course!) with the snow falling gently outside!
    “Glaedelig Jul!”
    Love Gerri..xx
    PS: Love your tree and can’t wait to see some of your crafty decorations!

  3. 3 Carol Jesson December 20, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Yes, it has been very cold here. There is 20-30cm snow at Mt Hotham in Victoria!!! It is 7deg C at our place – that doesn’t compare to what you are having – but a this rate we will be wearing Ugg boots on Christmas Day. Luv Carol & Gordon


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