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From Sophia’s Bar at the Charles Hotel in Munich, this recipe for glühwein (mulled wine) is a Christmas classic. Warm, aromatic and with a spicy kick, it’ll suitably warm your Yuletide guests this season. If you’re hosting a party, the delicious Christmas Cocktail with rum and mulled wine will be sure to add some sparkle to the proceedings.



750ml dry red wine

250g vanilla sugar    

1 vanilla pod 

6 cloves

2 cinnamon sticks

2 oranges


1) Peel the skin off one orange and cut the other orange in slices.

2) Combine the sliced orange, orange skin and all other ingredients together in a big pan. Heat gently so that the sugar dissolves.  

3) When the sugar is completely dissolved, let the wine cool down and place it in a cool, dark, dry place to rest. 

4) After a week, strain all the spices and fruits out, heat up the wine and serve it in a warm mug.  


Christmas Cocktail


60ml Pyrat XO Reserve rum

75ml apple Juice

35ml fresh lemon juice

30ml mulled wine syrup

20ml egg white

Mulled wine syrup:

1 Part mulled wine

1 Part sugar


1) To make the mulled wine syrup, heat both ingredients in a pan until the sugar dissolves. Let it cool so you get a thick syrup.

2) Add all ingredients together in a cocktail shaker over ice, shake very well and strain into a cocktail coupe. 

3) Garnish with dried orange slices.