Cookbook:Feuerzangenbowle (German Wine Punch)

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Feuerzangenbowle is a traditional German alcoholic drink, often part of a Christmas or New Year's tradition. The name translates literally as "fire-tongs punch".

Pay attention to the preparation and don't let drunks light the rum - it can cause nasty burns and you don't want that.

The flambéed and caramelised "Zuckerhut" adds the unique flavour to the "Feuerzangenbowle".

Ingredients and Utensils

Ingredients[edit | edit source]

More raw ingredients
  • 2-3 bottles of dry red wine (e.g. Rioja)
  • 0.4 L rum (at least 54% alcohol, 80% would be better)
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 "Zuckerhut" (literally translated: "sugar hat")
  • a pinch of gingerbread spices (optional)
  • 2 lemons (optional)

Procedure[edit | edit source]

  1. Put the wine into the bowl and heat it to about 70 ˚C.
  2. Wash the fruit with hot water.
  3. Peel the oranges (and lemons) in thin stripes.
  4. Now put the zests, spices and juice in the bowl.
  5. Place the "Feuerzange" on the bowl and place the "Zuckerhut" on it.
  6. Put the rum into a soup ladle and pour it over the "Zuckerhut". Then carefully lighten it.
  7. When the flame on the sugar has stopped burning, repeat the process with a fresh ladle of rum. Add the rum very slowly this time or you will burn your hand.
  8. When the sugar has completely dissolved, remove the "Feuerzange" and add another ladle of unburnt rum to the bowl.
  9. Remove all "swimming" parts (oranges, (lemons,) cloves and the cinnamon stick) from the drink.
  10. Enjoy!

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • The rum has to have 50% alcohol minimum, otherwise the flambeing won't work.
  • If the rum has a higher percentage of alcohol (>60%) the flame will be very big. Proceed with caution and add the rum slowly.
  • If you can't obtain a "Zuckerhut", substitute sugar cubes.
  • If you can't obtain a "Feuerzange", replace it by a grate.
  • Instead of the "Feuerzangenbowle" bowl and heater you can also use a big pot on a normal cooking plate.
  • A very appealing solution for a Feuerzangenbowle bowl is a large (5 l or so) lab glass beaker (not previously used for its original purpose). It combines heat resistance and transparency, adding to the effect.