Guest Post: Another Lunch With Jackie


She’s back!  This week was my friend Jackie’s birthday and I treated her to lunch at my home (although I confess, it was take out).  The event doubled as another Jackie how-to-in-the kitchen.  She made a traditional German Christmas Cocktail (Jackie’s parents are Germany born and bred), called Gluehwein, to enjoy for the holidays.  Although it’s a little crazy around the holidays, I’m not freaking out as I have in years past.  Everything always gets done, somehow, some way.  And if you drink a little of Jackie’s Gluehwein, you’ll do it all with a smile!  But Jackie warns that if you drink too much – Es kann gerfaerlich sein!


¾ cup of orange Juice

½ cup of sugar

2-3 cinnamon sticks

10 whole cloves

1 750 ML bottle of cheap dry (merlot, cab or burgundy) red wine (the cheaper the better, according to the mixoligist)

1-2 oranges, sliced (preferable organic, so pesticides don’t get in the wine)









Combine the first four ingredients in a sauce pan and  heat at a low temperature (just below simmer) for 15 – 20 minutes.



Then add your wine and continue to heat for another 15 minutes.


Add the sliced oranges to the mixture, while still heating, about 2-3 minutes before serving.


Serve in mugs (or glassware that can withstand hot liquids).


Trust me, it’ll warm you up and put a smile on your face!


Happy Birthday Jackie!

 Do you have any favorite holiday cocktail recipes to share?

6 thoughts on “Guest Post: Another Lunch With Jackie”

  1. That was so much fun Allie! Thank you so much for the Birthday lunch and good laughs. I hope that everyone enjoys the traditional drink that my family has enjoyed during the holidays for many years. Just a note – do not add the oranges until about 3 minutes before serving or it will make the drink bitter. Also, make sure you serve it very hot! Cheers!

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