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Christmas Markets and Vintage Hot Cocktails

Did I mention that I love Christmas?  Here are some pictures of the nearest market to me.

And in the spirit of the Christmas market, which is hot booze, I’ll leave you with some vintage  German cocktail recipes from Burda Moden, December 1974 (the translations are mine). Careful, these will seriously scramble your brain:

EISBRECHER (Ice-breaker)

In a pot heat, but don’t boil, 1/2 bottle of port and 1/2 bottle of white wine.  Add 1/4 liter of hot water, 3-4 shot glasses of rum and 3-4 tablespoons of sugar.  Garnish with lemon slices and serve in a heat-proof punch bowl.

SEELENTRÖSTER (soul-warmer)

For one glass:  Quickly boil 2 bags of black tea in 1/8 liter water, then cover and let soak for 5 minutes.  Remove the tea bags.  Add a tablespoon of brown candied sugar, 3 shots of raspberry liquor, the juice of one orange, and 2 tablespoons of frozen raspberries.  Heat till simmering and serve in a heat proof glass.


In a warmed coffee cup add a dash of cocoa powder, a teaspoon of sugar, a shot of coffee liquor and a shot of brandy.  Mix and fill the rest of the glass with black coffee. Top with whipped cream.

GLETSCHERBRAND (glacier burn)

In a heat proof glass add 3 cubes of sugar, 2 1/2 shots of hot rum and 1 teaspoon of anise.  Mix and fill the rest of the glass with hot coffee.

FEUERTAUFE (baptism of fire)

In a pot add 1 liter red wine, 1 liter of red currant juice, the peel of a lemon, 8 cloves, 1 cinnamon stick and 2 tablespoons of sugar.  Heat and let stand 15 minutes.  Pour into a punch bowl and add 1 wine glass of red currant liquor and 2 wine glasses of cherry liquor.

Seriously, though. Drink with caution.  These are not for lightweights 🙂


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