Feuerzangenbowle Flaming German Rum Punch
Nov 15, 2022, Updated Jul 01, 2023
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Feuerzangenbowle – Flaming German Rum Punch Recipe tastes just like the famous burnt sugar punch from Christmas markets across Germany!
Called “Fire Tongs Punch” or Burnt Punch – this German mulled wine punch is served with a sugar loaf soaked in rum and then set on fire, giving it a caramelized rum flavor perfect for Christmas celebrations!
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Flaming German Rum Punch
Feuerzangenbowle (pronounced “FOY-yer-tsang-en-bowl-eh” – quite the mouthful when tipsy, I assure you), is one of my very favorite traditions during the Christmas season in Germany each year.
When my brother in law moved to the Heidelberg area with his family a few years ago, we started visiting Christmas markets in Germany every year – and we’re all sad to miss out on the wonder this year while we can’t travel.
I hope this delicious Flaming punch – literally nicknamed “Fire Tongs Punch” – can be a festive part of your celebrations this year.
There is nothing like coming together over the smell of caramelized sugar, mulled wine, and rum – while taking in the pretty sights and sounds of Christmas.
It’s a tradition we’re going to start here at home too – and one that we’ll keep making well after Christmas into ski season, as this cocktail makes a great apres ski treat, too!
Feuerzangenbowle means fire-tongs punch – as it refers to the metal “tong” (a metal strip that sits over a punchbowl, not a pair of grabbing tongs like we might immediately think of) – that a rum-soaked sugar loaf sits on.
As the rum and sugar burn, they drip caramelized sugar flavor into a big batch of mulled wine below – making this cocktail both insanely delicious, and entertainment all in one.
Traditionally, Feuerzangenbowle is made for a group of family and friends celebrating – but you can find booths at most Christmas markets, and big tables to gather with friends and family around.
Feuerzangenbowle is a fabulous drink to celebrate and gather together with – during Christmas, or anytime you need a warm cozy drink!
How to Make Feuerzangenbowle
To make this recipe, you’ll need the following:
This recipe does call for some specialty items – but all are easily found on Amazon, and I’m including other ideas for tools to use if you can’t order a Feuerzangenbowle set.
- To buy a flaming tong and punch set, click here.
- To buy a metal “tong” (just a metal piece that allows rum and sugar to drip through) click here.
- For German sugar cones, click here to buy.
- For brown sugar cones, click here. (Most grocery stores offer piloncillo brown sugar cones in the Latin foods section.)
- For long handled matches, click here.
Visiting German Christmas Markets
Many of our trips went through Germany – but we are also including some of our favorite markets across Europe, too!
- Marksburg Castle, Germany
- Heidelberg at Christmas
- Epic Christmas Market Trip – Paris, Reims, Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Prague, Heidelberg, Michaelstadt
- Top Ten Reasons to Visit a Christmas Market
- Krakow Christmas Market
- Wroclaw Christmas Market
- A Christmas Day Trip to Strasbourg France
Tips and Tricks to Make Feuerzangenbowle
Be safe! Since we are soaking sugar in rum and then lighting it on fire – over a punchbowl full of wine – it is important to take safety seriously when making Feuerzangenbowle.
Well ventilated area. When making this drink, make sure you are in a well ventilated area, and use a long handled lighter or long matches to light the sugar loaf.
Fire will be hard to see. Your fire will be short and blue – making it very hard to see. You’ll note in some of my photos you can’t see the flame – even though when I took them it was burning! Look for bubbles and changes in the sugar, and do not touch sugar after you set it on fire.
How to re-light fire. To re-light or add more rum, use a long handled ladle and never put your face or hands near the sugar as you pour over sugar that is currently on fire.
Keep fire extinguisher nearby. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby when making Feuerzangenbowle.
Your sugar won’t take on too much rum before just dissolving, so you’ll need to drizzle rum over already lit sugar to keep it burning. Use a long handled ladle and stand back from the fire when topping up the rum.
Any fire resistant food-grade metal surface, with holes to let sugar and rum drip, will work.
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Feuerzangenbowle Flaming German Rum Punch Recipe
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- 2 oranges (unwaxed preferably, or wash to remove wax)
- 2 lemons (unwaxed, organic)
- 2 liters red wine
- 3-4 sticks cinnamon
- 5 whole cloves
- 4-6 stars of anise
- 1/2 tsp dash ginger, ground
- 1⁄2 lb sugar loaf or piloncillo cone
- 2-3 cups brown rum (at least 54% alcohol)
- In a large stock pot, simmer wine, fruit, cinnamon, cloves, anise, and ginger just to warm.
- Place in punchbowl or bowl with a tealight underneath to keep warm, but not boiling.
- Place metal tong over punchbowl.
- In a tall glass (or bowl), slowly pour 1/2 cup rum over sugar. Let it soak in to sugar loaf.
- Drizzle more rum over, taking care to not discard rum that may drain off.
- When loaf has been soaked in rum (if using white sugar, it takes on rum faster and starts to dissolve - pilloncillos are more densely packed and dont dissolve as quickly), set on metal tong. Drizzle the rum that dripped off sugar loaf in the glass over sugar.
- Carefully light sugar loaf using long handled lighter or match - never put your hands or face near the sugar or over the wine.
- As sugar loaf burns, you'll need to drizzle more rum (while still burning or if the fire burns off, to re-light) over the sugar until completely dissolved - about 15-20 minutes.
- Stir punch with ladle as sugar burns - you can start serving while punch is still on fire, or let it all burn off before serving.
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Westmark 63302260 Tongs for Burnt Punch, 30.5 cm/12" Length, Stainless Steel
Goya Piloncillo Panela, Brown Sugar Cane 8 Oz (Pack of 2)
Nordzucker Sugar Cones, Zucker Hut, 8.75 Ounce
APS Hot Pot Feuerzangenbowle (Fire Tong Punch Bowl Set)
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Nutrition InformationYield 10 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 534Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 19mgCarbohydrates 37gFiber 2gSugar 27gProtein 1g
Nutrition is automatically calculated by Nutritionix - please verify all nutrition information independently and consult with a doctor or nutritionist for any and all medical and diet advice.