Fancy a feuerzangenbowle this Christmas?

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A feuerzangenbowle is a Christmas drink from Germany that literally translates as ‘fire tongs punch’. The ‘punch’ is mulled wine (glühwein) and you get a flaming rum-soaked sugarloaf over the top which drips into it. Gastro Obscura gave some info on how to make it:

This special punch starts as red wine that is warmed and spiced with the likes of cinnamon, clove, orange peel, and cardamom (you can find recipes for that, plus the whole feuerzangenbowle process, online). Once the base beverage is ready, you’ll need some overproof rum (industry slang for rum that’s more than 50 percent alcohol; this is also sometimes called “navy strength”), such as Plantation O.F.T.D., and a compressed cone of sugar, called a zuckerhut.

It’s no Flaming Moe though.

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