Feuerzangenbowle!?!?

17 01 2013

Feuerzangenbowle is a traditional German alcoholic drink for which a rum-soaked sugarloaf is set on fire and drips into mulled wine. It is often part of a Christmas or New Year’s Eve tradition. The name translates literally to fire-tongs punch.

Everyone milling around, waiting for the show!

Everyone milling around, waiting for the show!

And this is what is looks like….

For German Johanna’s birthday we had a celebration with Feuerzangenbowle around the campfire! Feuerzangenbowle is prepared in a bowl over a small burner (rechaud). The bowl is filled with heated dry red wine spiced with cinnamon sticks, cloves and citrus fruits, similar to mulled wine. The Feuerzange was originally a pair of tongs, but nowadays it is common for a purpose-designed metal grate mounted on top of the bowl to hold the Zuckerhut (sugarloaf or literally “sugar hat”), a sugar cone around seven inches long. The sugar is soaked with rum and set alight, melting and caramelizing. More rum is poured with a ladle until all the sugar has melted and mixed with the wine.

I have my own little feuerzangentasse with miniature sugar cones!

I have my own little feuerzangentasse with miniature sugar cones!

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