Glühwein in glasses served on a tray


  • serves 6
  • Easy

The addition of rum to this Christmas market classic works really well – we've added some here to compensate for the evaporation of alcohol during cooking, but it’s not essential, if you prefer your drinks a little less punchy


Try our mulled wine recipe, then check out our mulled beer and more winter cocktails.

Feuerzangenbowle (or ‘fire-tongs punch’) is a German drink that’s made by flaming sugared rum over mulled wine, like this glühwein. Although it is bit complicated – and a little dangerous to make at home! – you’ll see the sugar cones dripping into steaming cauldrons of wine at German markets. Recreate your own festive market at home with our bratwurst sausages in a bun, flammkuchen, lebkuchen biscuits and more Christmas market recipes.



  • red wine 1 bottle
  • soft light brown sugar 100g
  • cloves 4
  • cinnamon 1 stick
  • orange 1, sliced
  • lemon ½, sliced
  • star anise ½
  • bay leaf 1
  • dark rum or brandy 50ml (optional)


  • Step 1

    Mix all the ingredients together (except the rum or brandy, if using) in a large pan and warm over a low heat for 10-15 minutes or until fragrant and steaming, but not boiling. Stir in the rum or brandy for the final minute, if using. Ladle into mugs or heatproof glasses, discarding any aromatics.