Polish Hot Mulled Wine (Grzaniec Galicyjski)

Polish hot mulled wine recipe

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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
139 Calories
0g Fat
29g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 139
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 7mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 0g
Calcium 37mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This recipe for Polish hot mulled wine is known as grzaniec galicyjski (grrzzah-NYETS gah-leet-see-I-skee). Grzane is the word for "mulled" and galicyjski means "Galician." The wino (wine) is implied. It's similar to German gluhwein, French vin chaud, and Swedish glogg.

It's especially popular served outdoors at Christkindlmarkets or Christmas markets and after sledding, skating or other outdoor winter activities. Gluhwein is the most popular cold-weather drink in Europe.

It's an aromatic blend of red wine, sugar, and spices. Czechs call it svařené víno, Hungarians call it forralt bor, Serbs say kuvano vino, Croatians say kuhano vino, Bulgarians call it greyano vino, and Romanians call it vin fiert.


  • 1 quart dry red wine
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 5 cloves (partially crushed)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 bay leaf (cracked in half)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for hot mulled wine
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  2. In a large saucepan, combine the red wine, sugar, cloves, cinnamon stick, and bay leaf.

    Add spice
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  3. Heat to dissolve the sugar. Bring just to the boil and immediately remove from the heat.

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  4. Strain and pour into hot mugs.

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  5. Serve and enjoy!

    Serve hot mulled wine
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