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Feuerzangenbowle or "fire-tongs punch"

One of the many German favourites at the Vancouver Christmas Market (also known as the German Christmas Market).


The Vancouver Christmas Market recreates an authentic outdoor German Christmas market village in downtown Vancouver, [...]. The market features [..] lots of German-style Christmas ornaments, seasonal music and entertainment, and traditional German holiday food and drink such as the Feuerzangenbowle or "fire-tongs punch" .


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".


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




2-3 bottles of dry red wine (e.g. Rioja)

0,4l of rum (at least 54% alcohol, 80% would be better)

2 oranges

1 cinnamon stick

5 cloves

1 "Zuckerhut" (literally translated: "sugar hat")

(optional) a pinch of gingerbread spices

(optional) 2 lemons




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.




Put the wine into the bowl and heat it to about 70 degrees Celsius.

Wash the fruit with hot water.

Peel the oranges (and lemons) in thin stripes.

Now put the zests, spices and juice in the bowl.

Place the "Feuerzange" on the bowl and place the "Zuckerhut" on it.

Put the rum into a soup ladle and pour it over the "Zuckerhut". Then carefully lighten it.

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.

When the sugar has completely dissolved, remove the "Feuerzange" and add another ladle of unburnt rum to the bowl.

Remove all "swimming" parts (oranges, (lemons,) cloves and the cinnamon stick) from the drink.

Enjoy! Wikipedia

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Taken on December 14, 2014