Places to get glühwein (and recipe to make it at home)

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Places to get glühwein (and recipe to make it at home)

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Last updated: Friday, 7 July 2023

You never want glühwein until that one chilly day. We found a place out of town that not many people know of, and a popular hangout in town that secretly has it on their menu. Plus, here’s a simple home recipe from a long-time friend and owner of multiple eateries in Hermanus, Petri Hendriksz. 

Glühwein originates in Germany and is also very popular in Austria. Image: Lara van Zyl


  • 1 bottle of red wine (of choice)
  • Water
  • 1 orange peel
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Ground cloves
  • 1 whole star anise
  • 1/2 cup sugar


Put a pan on medium heat.

Add water, sugar, cinnamon stick and star anise and simmer until the sugar dissolves. 

Add a teaspoon of ground cloves and pour in the red wine. 

Chop up orange peels. Add them and the fresh orange juice into a bowl. 

Add the orange peels and juice to the glühwein mix in the pot and let simmer over low heat for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.  

Strain through a sieve into mugs and throw away the peels and spices. Always serve hot.

AND…If you’re really cold, you can add an extra shot of brandy or rum to each mug. 


  • Rick’s Café Americain – This cosy bar based on the story of Casablanca has a secret menu item (hint: it's glühwein). With its crackling fireplace, throwback tunes and old-timey bar, Rick’s is a a popular hangout. And a go-to spot for a warm glass of glühwein. Find 8 more reasons to visit Rick’s.

  • Pear Tree – The bistro is on the strip of the Hermanus Waterfront. It has a remarkable range of curious menu items, now including freshly made glühwein. See more of their inventive dishes and cocktails

  • Cape Town Meadery – An ancient African drink in the form of gluhwein. Join for one of the tasting experiences (you get sparkling mead or mead lager, too) or find out where to buy it



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