The days are getting shorter and temperatures are decreasing. Winter is coming. When you walk out the door in the morning to go to work, the cold wind already tickles your nose. And when you leave your office at the end of your working day, it's already dark and because of the humid and cold air you're chilled to the bone by the time you get home. There is something that can really cheer you up. Austrians, Germans, even the Swedish people have some great recipes for adults to warm up at home. Of course, you can leave out the alcohol part in case you have children.
Maybe you have already heard about 'Punsch' or 'Glühwein'. Punsch is basically hot tea with spices, fruits and rum. Glühwein is hot wine with spices. There are a million of variations and personalised recipes. Here you have my two favourite ones, personally tested and improved by me. Enjoy!
- 400ml water
- Black tea or rooibos tea (Tip: I always use a rooibos-coco-blend or black tea with pepper and nuts)
- 500ml apple juice (the more you use, the sweeter it gets)
- 3cm ginger
- 1-2 chilicotes (Only if you like it hot)
- Rum (Best: Stroh 80 or something with ABV 80%)
- Cloves, a cinnamon bar and 3 cardamom pods
- Apples and oranges
- A bit of honey to sweeten the punsch
Prepare the tea as you are used to. Then peel the ginger and cut it into thin slices. Wash the chilicotes, cut them lengthway, remove the pips and cut it in small pieces. Next put the tea, the apple juice, ginger and chili in a pot. Add the spices as well as the orange and apple slices and as much rum as you like. Heat the punsch for 10 minutes, but don't let it boil. Finally you sweeten the hot beverage with a bit of honey. This punsch doesn't only warm your body but also your heart and brings wintery atmosphere into your home.
Glühwein with almonds and raisins
- 1 pkg of raisins
- 1 pkg of almond slices
- 1 bottle of rum
- 1 bottle of amaretto
- 1 bottle of red or white wine
This so-called 'Glögg' needs a little bit of preparation. Put the raisins with the almond slices in a bowl with rum (Best: Stroh 80%) and leave it there for two days. Then you're ready: Heat the wine, whitout boiling it, and put 2-3 tea spoons of your prepared raisin-almond-mix and 2cl of rum as well as amaretto into a cup or a glass. When the wine is hot enough, pour it into the glass as well. Your Swedish glögg is finished and ready to enjoy.
I bet you'll love both recipes. Of course, you can always adjust the amount of alcohol according to your taste and needs. And if you want to serve something to eat with the punsch, then there is nothing better than baked apples with cinnamon and honey. Easy and quick, plus everybody loves it. In case you want to prepare an alcohol-free version, just leave out the rum and for the glögg you can use alcohol-free amaretto instead of the original one. It tastes just as delicious as the original.
Disaronno Amaretto 1L: From humble beginnings as a thank you gift, Disaronno today enjoys a status as the best real Italian liqueur in the world.
Stroh 80: An 'eau de vie' made by Sebastian Stroh from Austria with an ABV of 80%.