Branch out beyond the Glühwein

Branch out beyond the Glühwein

by Karen Bradbury
Stripes Europe

Sipping a Glühwein belongs to the Christmas market experience every bit as much as, say, eating pizza in Italy or waffles in Belgium. You can certainly do without it, but you’re hardly apt to regret the indulgence! While we see nothing wrong with those of legal age save the driver quaffing mugsful of mulled goodness, a change can also do a body good. There are plenty of other hot, soul-warming tipples to indulge in at your typical Christmas market, so why not try one of the following at your next outing? Have you sampled any warming wonders lately at your own favorite market?

Glühwein mit Schuss: the easiest way to amp up your mulled wine is simply by ordering it with a shot. Rum, amaretto or cognac are among the most popular options.

Glühbier: yes, hot beer is a real thing. To find out if you’re in the camp of those who love it or hate it, give one of these cherry flavored Belgian beauties a try at the Flammkuchen hut on the Schillerplatz at Kaiserslautern’s Christmas market.

Glögg: this is more or less the Scandinavian take on mulled wine, to which hard alcohol, rum or vodka might have been added. The spices are also a bit different: in addition to cloves and cinnamon, cardamom and ginger find their way into a typical recipe, as do blanched almond slices and raisins.

Lumumba: this is a hot cocoa spiced up with the addition of a dash of rum, served with a dollop of whipped cream.

Feuerzangenbowle: this drink whose name translates roughly into “fire tongs bowl” is a red wine with various spices left to simmer in a cauldron. A loaf of sugar is then drenched in rum, placed atop the cauldron and set afire, and the caramelized liquid drips into the wine. To drink from the world’s largest Feuerzangenbowle, travel to Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt, where it’s served from a 9,000 liter pot.

Heißer Hugo: one of Germany’s most popular summer cocktails gets a wintry makeover when it’s concocted out of heated white wine, to which a shot of lime and elderflower syrup has been added, and served with a spring of mint.

Eierpunsch: this drink is made on the basis of white wine to which egg yolks, whipped egg whites, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon have been added. It’s often served with a shot of rum or egg liquor.

Jagertee: this drink is a mixture of black tea and a spirit similar in taste to rum that’s made exclusively in Austria. In Germany, a more or less identical drink is sold under the name of Hüttentee.

Kinderpunsch: this non-alcoholic drink makes a fine indulgence for the children in your midst as well as the driver, as here, the sugar and spice stays in, but the wine has been replaced with fruit juice. Some versions also contain herbal tea.

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