Feuerzangenbowle is a flaming punch that is now associated with Christmas in Germany. Its roots can be traced back at least as far as the 1700s, when students documented the party trick of burning rum-soaked sugar and letting the aromatic syrup that resulted drip into some kind of drink. Over time, that drink became the now-customary wine with fruit and spices. It was the subject of a 1944 German film titled Die Feuerzangenbowle (pictured above).
Today you can find Feuerzangenbowle (which translate to fire tongs punch) at Christmas markets and festivals in Germany. Well, not exactly today, because such events have been canceled due to the global pandemic. But the punch was there in 2019, and maybe next Christmas. Meanwhile, you can make your own Feuerzangenbowle, or the single serving Feuerzangentasse, at home with recipes from Atlas Obscura. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t serve or drink the warm punch until all the sugar has melted and the flame has completely extinguished.
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