Poetry Prompt: Glühwein (A Mulled Wine Poem)

Mulled Wine (Public Domain)

Mulled Wine (Public Domain)

In Bulgaria, 14th February used to be celebrated as St. Triphon, the Pruner’s Day. At least by all those involved in vine-growing and wine-making (which used to mean everybody). Later, there was a generation split. Young people shifted to St. Valentine’s Day, while older people stubbornly stuck to the wine tradition. Over the years, however, people came to reconcile the two and marketing professionals found a smooth way to do that: Love and Wine go together very nicely. Clever, indeed.

Here is a recipe for something most of you probably know as Glühwein, or Mulled wine, in its Bulgarian version.

Warmed wine (mulled wine)


Red wine – 1 lt
Sugar – 1 teacup
Apples – 2 fruits
Black pepper – around 15 grains
Cinnamon – 1 stick
Clove – 5 grains
Lemons – slices for the serving (optional)

Preparation: Add the sugar, the apples cut in small cubes and the spices to the wine. Put the mixture on the fire and bring to boiling point. Take the pot off the fire and let it stay for around 15 min. so that the drink may take in the flavor.
Strain the wine free of bits and pieces and pour it still hot in glasses, where you may add a lemon slice and apple cubes.

For this week’s prompt, take that recipe, make it (if you like) and then turn it into a poem. The poem could deal with the recipe, the making, the drinking, or whatever comes after it. It’s up to you. And never forget to enjoy!

Here’s how to participate
1. Write a poem in response to the prompt
2.Share your poem on your blog
3.Post your link in a comment below this post

Remember to visit the other poems  and spread the love.  Most importantly… have fun!

5 comments for “Poetry Prompt: Glühwein (A Mulled Wine Poem)

  1. February 8, 2013 at 6:02 am

    I have the honour to post the first poem on that prompt, although I didn’t actually expect to write one.
    here is the link: http://phoenix-em.com/mariyakoleva/2013/02/red-wine-for-feb-14th/

    I will be happy to read other poems, too, as well as your comments on my blog!

    P.S. If you don’t hear from me over the weekend, that is because tomorrow my little one turns four and we have parties planned over the whole weekend. Be patient and I’ll make it up to you next week.

    Love, MK

  2. February 8, 2013 at 6:51 am

    hey mariya – great prompt and really cool approach! i’m not much of a wine drinker, but think the prompt is awesome!

    • February 8, 2013 at 6:53 am

      Bolton, then you may voice your indignation at wine and wine-drinking 😉

  3. Sabra Bowers
    February 9, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Here is my response to the prompt. It took me back to happy times with my late husband. Happy Valentine’s Day to all. http://sabrabowers.wordpress.com/2013/02/09/mulled-wine/

    • February 11, 2013 at 1:14 am

      A wonderful and sweet poem of nice memories. I like the idea of traveling by taste.

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