This Just In: Glühwein will Cure the Common Cold

At least according to my mom and her Bavarian friends, it will.

I’ve been doing battle with a nasty cold this week (and I’m losing).  After complaining to my mother that I sound like the understudy for Selma Bouvier, she reminded me that what I really need is a big mug of Glühwein (yet another use for Two-Buck Chuck).  When my folks were living in Germany, she learned a secret from the Bavarians.  When you’ve got a cold, you’re supposed to drink as much Glühwein “as you dare” (that’s my favorite part), take a HOT shower, and get into bed.  And then magic happens . . . you’re cured!

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Has anyone else ever heard of this magical German panacea?

I’m putting the Glühwein Cure to a test tonight . . . I have nothing to lose except this cold.



  1. I love Glühwein. I live in Bavaria (Munich) and Glühwein is very popular around here. It’s quite delicious and “helps” against the common cold but I wouldn’t recommend it when taking medicine since the two often don’t work well together 🙂
    Have you prepared fresh Glühwein before?


    1. My parents used to live in Munich, near Aubing. And my husband’s grandfather lives in Grosshesselohe. We love Munich — try to get there as often as we can to visit! We make Glühwein quite a bit in the winter . . . I crave it! It’s so good for a little Gemuchlichkeit! Prost!!


  2. Reblogged this on The Armchair Sommelier and commented:

    I’m a desperate woman. Desperate for my relentless head cold to go away. I’ve got stuff to do, for crying out loud! So I’m sitting here trying to think of a sacrifice to the Gods of Phlegm so they will release me from this congestion prison. What would appease the Gods of Phlegm? A live chicken? Powdered unicorn horn? Maybe a dragon scale? And then I remembered the Bavarian Cold Cure: Glühwein. I’m brewing a batch right now. I’m about to drink “as much as I dare”, take an absurdly hot shower, and go to bed. If this doesn’t work, I’ll be out shopping for dragon scales tomorrow. Salud!


  3. we used it in Salzburg, Austria, while college students, quite successfully. as directed we drank a steeping individual tea serving (approx 1 1/2 cup) of gluhwein, took a steamy shower, and went directly to bed with several blankets.
    woke up next morning with a light head (inclined to dizziness), took a hot shower (blankets overnight + hot gluhwein broke the fever), and by the time we had finished breakfast we felt as good as new. it was amazing; and worked for about 10 of us with 100% success rate.

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