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Drink of the Week: Blue Angel Café’s Glühwein

Blue Angel Café's seasonal Glühwein is made with cinnamon, orange, cloves and more.

One of the largest components of Tahoe's nightlife is the mix of countless breweries, bars and restaurants that offer unique drinks difficult to find outside the basin. In our Drink of the Week segment, we'll showcase one type of beer, wine, cocktail — you name it — to try during your stay in the region.

This week's drink is Blue Angel Café's seasonal Glühwein — a mulled wine packed with flavor that's sure to keep you warm during the holidays.

"Our freshly made, from scratch, Glühwein is like nothing else in the area, and it's worth coming in just for it!" states the restaurant's website.

How's the drink created? An orange is pierced with cloves, placed in a pot — along with cinnamon sticks and brown sugar caramelized in sherry — and wine is added to the mix before it is heated to a steamy temperature and served, topped with a garnish consisting of an orange slice and cinnamon stick.

The result is a beverage reminiscent of both hot apple cider and wine; a festive drink that tastes like Christmas in a glass and is a hit for wine connoisseurs and casual drinkers alike.

Glühwein is only served for a limited time, so get it while you can!

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Owners Jeff and Rosie Cowen learned to make the drink in Switzerland over a decade ago, and have been serving the concoction at the South Shore establishment since the early 2000s.

Blue Angel Café is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The restaurant is located at 1132 Ski Run Blvd. For additional information, visit http://www.blueangelcafe.com.