Feuerzangenbowle is a hot alcoholic beverage which is similar to the famous mulled wine, known as Glühwein in Germany. The drink is usually served during the cold months before Christmas or for new Year’s Eve. The beverage as such consists mostly of the same ingredients as Glühwein whereas some regional additions are made such as different types of liquors or even black tea.

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What makes this beverage special is the method of preparing it. All ingredients are first heated in a bowl. On top of the bowl the so-called Feuerzange – German for fire pincer – is placed which gives the drink its name.

A cone of sugar is first soaked with rum of more than 50% alcohol. After that, the sugar cone is placed on the pincer and is set on fire. The sugar melts, slightly caramelizes and drips into the heated liquid, refining it its particular taste. For more detailed instructions on how to make this delicious German winter beverage, check out our authentic and simple recipe below:



Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Servings: 8

Feuerzangenbowle: traditional hot alcoholic drink from Germany, similar to mulled wine


  • 2 liters red wine
  • 500 ml orange juice
  • 1 orange, untreated
  • 1 lemon, untreated
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 6 cloves
  • 4 anise (star anise)
  • 1 sugar cone
  • 350 ml rum, more than 50%


  1. Cut the orange into slices.
  2. Cut the lemon peel into a thin strip to form a spiral and put it aside. Squeeze the remaining lemon.
  3. Heat the wine in a saucepan. Pour the entire fruit juice through a sieve, add it to the wine and heat it up (but do not boil).
  4. Add the spices and the orange slices and garnish with the lemon spiral.
  5. Put "Feuerzange" (fire pincer) with the sugar cone over the pot and besprinkle it with a little warmed rum.
  6. Give some more rum in a ladle, light it with a long match and pour it over the sugar loaf.
  7. Always add more rum after a while to keep the sugar burning.
  8. Stir well before serving.



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