Gluhwein jelly is an amazing filling for Christmas cookies, spread on your Christmas brunch toast or croissant and an amazing addition to your cheese board.
Don´t worry, the jelly has no alcohol content due to the cooking process, only the flavor remains. But you should still not offer the jelly to children or people with alcohol problems.
Cooking your own jelly is not difficult at all. Besides, homemade jelly tastes better than store bought. For this jelly you need only a few ingredients and no need for canning equipment.
Gluhwein jelly is a special and delicious edible gift. Surprise your friends, family and co-workers with a homemade jelly that you can´t just buy in the supermarket around the corner. Whether as a small gift for your host or as a wedding table decoration, the jelly specialty is a great treat for people who appreciate the extraordinary.
Cane sugar is best for this recipe. It dissolves very well in the hot gluhwein and will make it easy to cook the perfect jelly.
You can use traditional red gluhwein but also other variations like orange gluhwein, apple glühwein, pear glühwein, blueberry gluhwein or the white cinnamon gluhwein that we feature here on the website. You can make your own gluhwein very easy but also can use store bought brands.
Port wine gives this jelly more depth and personality but if you prefer you can leave it out.
Easy Homemade Gluhwein Jelly Recipe
- 3 ¼ cups Glühwein
- 1 3-ounce envelope liquid pectin
- 3 ¼ cups sugar
- ½ cup port wine
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Combine wine and pectin in a large pot.
- Bring on medium-high heat to a boil and stir frequently.
- Lower heat to a simmer and add the sugar while stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved.
- Return to a rolling boil and boil for 1 minute. Make sure to stir constantly.
- Remove from heat. If necessary, skim off foam that built up on top.
- Stir in port wine and vanilla extract.
- Ladle hot jelly into hot sterilized jars. Fill them up to just below the rim.
- Place lid on top, tighten and turn jars onto their heads for quick consumption and store in the fridge after completely cooled down. Gluhwein jelly can be stored up to 1 month refrigerated. Or place the jars for 5 minutes into a boiling water bath for extended shelf life.