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Happy New Year with a ‘Feuerzangenbowle’ – German Party Punch with Sugar Hat

Heinz Rühmann and the Feuerzangenbowle – do you remember this classic?

Die Feuerzangenbowle

Die Feuerzangenbowle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For New Year’s Eve or “Silvester” as we call it in Germany almost every family has a unique culinary tradition to ring in the new year.  For many it is serving a zesty Gulasch at the Silvester Party while counting the hours to midnight, for others it is inviting family and friends to a delicious and fun Raclette evening or Fondue. One of these many traditions is the “Feuerzangenbowle”.

Perhaps this delicious party punch finds its way to become also one of your traditions in the years to come. For the preparation just follow the recipe below that our guest author Gabriele Utz is sharing with us, … and for everyone who hasn’t seen or wants to see Heinz Rühmann in his famous role again, enjoy the whole movie “Die Feuerzangenbowle” below at the end of the post.

HAPPY NEW YEAR !

Feuerzangenbowle – German Party Punch with Sugar Hat (by Gabriele Utz, MyBestGermanRecipes.com)

Feuerzangenbowle is a special German party attraction especially for New Years Eve or in the winter time before Christmas (Adventszeit). You can find the hot spiced wine on German Christmas markets. The biggest Feuerzangenbowle was served in 2005 in Munich. 9.000 liter punch had been mixed and heated in a huge copper kettle with a diameter of 2.5 meter and served to the visitors of the market. Near the Nuernberg Christmas Market you can find a similar kettle. The hot party drink became popular in the German movie “Die Feuerzangenbowle” with Heinz Ruehmann from 1944.

To make the hot beverage you need to have a special Feuerzangenbowle set – Find it here: http://store.yahoo.com/cgi-bin/clink?gdcom+cbJvSj+feuerzangeset.html

Ingredients for ‘Feuerzangenbowle’ – serves 8

3 bottles red wine
1 small sugar hat – Find it here: http://store.yahoo.com/cgi-bin/clink?gdcom+cbJvSj+norzuc.html
1 piece orange peel
1 bottle golden rum
1 piece lemon peel
at least 108 proof
5 cloves
 
Directions Feuerzangenbowle
  1. Put orange peel, lemon peel and cloves into a tea filter bag, tie shut with white yarn. Hang into a copper kettle, pour in wine.
  2. Heat up close to boiling point, but make sure it never gets to boil. Put the kettle in the middle of your table so all your guests can watch the ceremony.
  3. You normally use a “Feuerzange”, but as I suspect this might be hard to get, you can also use a grid from your barbecue set – especially the ones you normally use to barbecue herrings in should work pretty well. The point is that you should be able to put the sugar hat on it (lying on its side) and place the whole thing safely over the kettle.
  4. Once you’ve got that far, you’re ready for the ceremony.First, dim your lights. Then pour some rum onto the sugar hat, best using a ladle, and light it (this is why the rum has to be at least 108 proof). Keep the flames burning by ladling more rum on the sugar hat, until the sugar has completely melted and dripped into the wine.
  5. Remove the “Feuerzange” and the bag with the spices. Serve in heat-proof glasses.
  6. Variation: Many people like to add sugar and/or a little orange juice (preferably freshly pressed).
Article Source: MyBestGermanRecipes
Photo credit: Wikipedia

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Gluehwein – Mulled Wine : A Christkindl Market Tradition

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Did our previous post showcasing German Christkindel Markets get you in the mood of some real traditional ‘Glühwein’ (mulled red wine)?

Then check out our new recipe for this Christkindel Market tradition, by our guest writer GabrieleUtz . Just imagine walking through the fresh snow with a nice hot cup of ‘Glühwein’  and a handful of warm chestnuts! Those are some delicious winter holiday memories…

Happy Third of Advent!

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Authentic German ‘Gluehwein’ or Mulled Wine

Ingredients

2 liter red wine
3/4 l brown rum, 40% –  optional
sugar as needed
1-2 orange, organic, blood oranges are good too
1-2 lemons, organic
1 cinnamon stick
1 vanilla bean
5 cloves and 1 star anise

Cooking Instructions
– Heat the wine in a big pot but don’t bring it to a boil; heat it on low temperature.
– Remove seeds from lemons and oranges.
– Cut the orange and lemon with the peel in slices or quarters, add them to the wine with the cloves. Keep it on low temperature and let it simmer.
– Cut vanilla bean open and add the seeds to the wine.
– Add 2/3 of the rum – the rum adds a  nice taste to the wine but also makes it stronger, so you can add just a little bit or don’t add it at all.
– Let it simmer until the oranges and lemons are getting very soft- for about 1-1.5 hours; take out a piece of lemon and check if you can take it off the peel. The wine should color it red until to the peel.
– Stir frequently.
– Wash some bottles with hot water.
– Take out the fruit and cloves or pour it through a strainer.
– Press remaining juice out of the fruit and add it to the wine. If you like your can puree the fruit without the peel and add it to the wine aswell, that makes it thicker.
– Heat it again and add remaining rum and sugar – don’t bring it to a boil!
– Fill it hot in bottles and close it right away, or keep it warm for your guests.
The wine can be kept for several months in the bottles if well closed.

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The best German Christmas Markets on Video

English: Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market) in...

English: Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market) in Jena, Thuringia, Germany (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Article by our Guest Author Gabriele Utz)

Germany has the most beautiful Christmas Markets. I put together a little collection of German Christmas Markets Videos that you will love. Find out about how Germany really is. It is not what you might think. It can be very modern but also very traditional. It is a combination of both and this makes it unique. Old World charm combined with contemporary features. German Christmas Markets are in almost every big or smaller city of Germany. There are markets in Castles like the famous one at the Hohenzollern Castle in Hechingen or the castle Thurn and Taxis.

Find hand crafted Christmas ornaments like the Erzgebirge pyramid or the Herrenhuter Star. Find different kinds of Lebkuchen and home made cookies; honey candles and Gluehwein mugs.
Enjoy the good German food like Bratwurst, local specialties and Gluehwein or Feuerzangen Bowle. That’s how Germany is – More than what you might think. Enjoy!

 The best German Christmas Markets Videos

German Christmas Markets: Berlin

German Christmas Markets: Heidelberg


German Christmas Markets: Siegen

German Christmas Markets: Nuernberg

 

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Happy First Advent – Einläuten der Weihnachtszeit

With the First Advent today Christmastime has officially started.
Christmas markets in Germany traditionally open their doors on this weekend and it’s the cozy time of chestnuts and Glühwein.

Also here in California homes are being decorated with Christmas lighting and harbor cities are gearing up for the boat light parades. Christmas tree lighting events in malls have already taken place last week before Thanksgiving and winter festivals like the Sawdust Winter Fantasy Festival in Laguna Beach do their best to get you in the holiday spirit. Take a stroll with us through Sawdust Winter Fantasy Festival with our slideshow below.

Happy Holiday Season!

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