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Cozy Evenings at The Mercantile: Crafting Your Perfect Glühwein

As the cool winds of fall and winter start to sweep through McKittrick, MO, there's no better way to warm up than with a steaming mug of Glühwein. At The Mercantile on the Katy Trail, we invite you to create your own cozy evenings with this classic German mulled wine recipe. Just a short stroll away, Loutre Market awaits with everything you need to concoct this delightful seasonal beverage.


  • 1 bottle of red wine (choose a robust, full-bodied variety)

  • 1 orange, sliced

  • 8-10 whole cloves

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • 1/2 cup sugar (adjust to taste)

  • 1/4 cup brandy (optional, for an extra kick)

  • Orange zest for garnish


Prepare the Spices: Insert the cloves into the orange slices, ensuring they are evenly distributed.

Combine Ingredients:

Pour the entire bottle of red wine into a large pot.

Add the orange slices with cloves, cinnamon sticks, and sugar.

Heat Gently:

Place the pot over medium heat. Be cautious not to boil the wine; it should only be heated until it's warm and fragrant.

Let the Flavors Infuse:

Allow the wine to simmer for at least 15-20 minutes, allowing the spices to infuse their flavors. Stir occasionally.

Optional Kick:

If you're feeling adventurous, add brandy to the mix for an extra layer of warmth.

Strain and Serve:

Remove the orange slices, cloves, and cinnamon sticks from the pot.

Ladle the warm Glühwein into mugs, garnish with a twist of orange zest, and serve immediately.

Now, armed with your freshly made Glühwein, head over to The Mercantile's outdoor patio adorned with a charming Pagoda-style firepit. Gather around its flickering flames, breathe in the crisp air, and savor the rich flavors of your homemade Glühwein.

At The Mercantile on the Katy Trail, we believe in the magic of creating memorable moments. Whether you're relaxing with loved ones or taking a solo respite, this warm and spiced Glühwein is the perfect companion for chilly evenings.

So, venture to Loutre Market, gather your ingredients, and make The Mercantile your haven for crafting cozy memories in the heart of McKittrick, MO. Cheers to warmth, community, and the simple joys of the season!

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