RoyReudnitz 14.12.2007, 16:36 Uhr
The "Feuerzangenbowle" is a German alcoholic drink which is sometimes part of the Christmas and New Year's tradition. The name translates literally as "Fire Pliers Punch".
The drink is prepared in a bowl, similar to a fondue set, which usually is suspended over a small fuel burner. Fill the bowl with 1 litre of dry red wine, add a cinnamon stick, 1 - 3 cloves, a bit of orange and lemon peel and up to 250 ml of orange or lemon juice (optional).
Place the bowl in a flame-proof spot. Heat the wine including the spices but don't cook it.
Place the "Feuerzange", a metal holder for the "Zuckerhut" (sugarloaf), a large conical mass of sugar around seven inches long, above the bowl. Soak the sugar in rum, set it alight and continually add rum with a ladle until all the sugar has melted and mixed with the wine.
You will need at least 250 ml of rum and it must have a strength of at least 54% alcohol (per volume), as it would otherwise not burn properly. The resulting drink is then served in mugs and the burner keeps the bowl warm until it is emptied.
The punch owes its popularity to the famous German film comedy "Die Feuerzangenbowle" from 1944, starring Heinz Rühmann, which is based on a novel by Heinrich Spoerl.