Make this warming glühwein recipe, then check out our mulled wine, mulled gin, hot toddy and more Christmas 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, cinnamon biscuits, lebkuchen biscuits and more Christmas market recipes.


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


  • 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.

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Two glass mugs filled with a cherry cup and an orange slice


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