Typical Dutch - Winter Edition: Gluhwein and Chocolademelk

Published on 10 January 2019 at 12:38

Winter means keeping yourself warm. Getting those cozy and soft pull-overs out of your closet, crackling sound from the fireplace and thick blankets to snuggle. Beverages and nibbly stuffs are also means to keep the warmth going, and the Dutch folks uses that trick too, deliciously!


Gluhwein (mulled wine) and Hot Chocolatemilk are these Dutch traditional drinks are considered to be winter guilty pleasures. You can enjoy these delicious warm drinks inside on your couch watching your favorite Netflix series and luckily for us who are not very much used with the cold, any Outdoor Winter activity that you can find has stalls to provide you these drinks too!

Gluhwein is a tradition at Christmas markets not just here in The Netherlands but as well as in the other countries in Europe. The variation of Gluhwein  is reflected in the ingredients in the recipe that becomes a stamp of their origin in the countries of this area. The history of Gluhwein actually starts in the middle of Europe and actually arise at the end of the middle ages. When I 1t came to Europe, my country of entry was Germany – to be precise, Munich (Munchen). That is when I 1st came across of this yummy goodness treat, kept me warm as I walked the along the nostalgic streets of Munich. It was served with with a flaming cone of sugar on top, in German it’s called Feuerzangentasse which means fire Cup.  In the Netherlands, Glühwein is called the “bisschopswijn” bishop’s wine and made using oranges instead of lemons.  Regardless of the variations, the wine is prepared heated, but not boiled. This is to prevent the alcohol from escaping. 

AND OH YES! IT HAS HEALTH BENEFITS TOO!  Red wine is a great source of antioxidants, which increases levels of HDL (good cholesterol) and can significantly reduce the risk heart disease associated clogged arteries; cinnamon boosts potent anti-inflammatory properties; and nutmeg is a powerful tonic that flushes out liver and kidneys of toxins.

Recipe for Gluhwein
6 people | prepare a 20-minute | 15 minutes of waiting

1 lemon
1 orange
1 cinnamon stick
1 liter smooth red wine
4 cloves

Cut the lemon and orange into wedges, and break the cinnamon stick by middle. Pour the wine into a large pan. Add the wedges, cloves and cinnamon sticks in the wine. Heat the mixture gently (do not allow to boil, because then evaporates the alcohol).

Let the flavors at least 15 min. in the wine. Strain the Glühwein (mulled wine) and stir in sugar to taste.

Chocolademelk (Chocolate Milk)

Cold winter time is one of the best reason to pamper ourselves, How about a perfect Hot Choco drink? 

Chocomel is by far the most delicious ready-to-drink Chocolate milk I've ever tried. It's creamy, chocolatey and yummy goodness to the last drip. You can drink it cold or hot. During the winter times, you cna have it warmed in the microwave or in a pan sauce - warmed, not bolied... remember that. Top it with "slagroom", taht is whipped cream in Dutch and if you are in a sugar craving mood - how about some marsmallows too? 
Enjoy every sip of it. 

A new hype is Chocolate milk that's spiked with alcohol, I found this post of Bar None Drinks that gives you 30 recipes to try.


For the chocolate milk:
- 2 cups milk (choose for soy milk or rice milk)
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 60 gms of dark chocolate (with 60% or 70% cacao),      chopped
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Put the milk in a small pan and heat it (don't let it be too hot!). Then do the pieces of chocolate, cocoa powder, sugar and salt until the mixture is blended. 

For the whipped cream:
- 120 ml whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon sugar

Put the whipped cream and sugar in a small bowl. Beat the mixture until its light and stiff. Make sure the ingredients, the guard and the Bowl are very cold, so you get the awesome icing stiffness.

Divide the chocolate on the mugs and put on top of the delicious fresh whipped cream. Tadaaaa! The perfect winter chocolate. Ideal for after skating.

Tip: you can add mini marshmallows on top.

Enjoy every sip! PROOST!

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Hannah Flack
4 years ago

"This was great! Really enjoyed it - thanks for sharing. I do agree with another commenter who said it was a bit sweet - I will definitely reduce the sugar next time (I used regular granulated sugar).

Can't wait for leftovers tomorrow! :)"
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Ashley Jones
3 years ago

Thanks for the tip on draining ground beef. That’s the part I hate about cooking bulk amounts of ground beef and I never thought of lining a bowl to catch the grease
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3 years ago

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3 years ago

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Ashley Jones
3 years ago

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Paul Brown
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