New Year's Eve

These New Year’s Eve recipes, prophecies, and celebrations are a total blast.

New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is celebrated differently the world over. While New York City is counting down in Time Square and watching the ball drop, the people of Germany are filling the streets and setting off fireworks to the sound of the local church bells. This takes place at midnight in every village, town, and big city throughout the country. The clanging bells and booming rockets are a great way to say goodbye to the old year and welcome in the new. Not to mention, the lights and noises are very effective in chasing away all the bad spirits!


New Year’s Eve in Germany is called Silvester and is always accompanied with good food and drink throughout the long night. (See recipes below.) While some are partying in the streets, others might be celebrating quietly at home—playing games and watching “Dinner for One” on TV. This English sketch comedy show has become a New Year’s tradition since the early seventies. Have a look.


For many years, I’ve missed the thrill and excitement of watching fireworks in late December. One year, a few days after Christmas and before New Year’s Eve, I heard a surprising “BOOM!” in my backyard. When I opened the door to the deck, I saw a firework display in our garden. Sparkles of light shot in all directions and the stars from the rockets shined over our house.I was confused and delighted—all at the same time. It was my teenage son, with the help of a kind neighbor, who set up the choreographed light show for my birthday. What great memory! It made up for all the years that I missed the fireworks on New Year’s Eve. And to this day, I still consider it the most beautiful fireworks display I have ever seen.

Einen Guten Rutsch und Prosit Neujahr.

Happy New Year and best wishes to all. _Oma

Let’s eat!

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Whether you’re throwing a big party or attending a small gathering, the right dish for the occasion can make all the difference. This New Year’s Eve try one of these great recipes: Shrimp Dip, Marinated Herring, Midnight Soup, Gentlemen’s Layer Cake, and Jam-Filled Sweet Rolls. Click and enjoy!

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Shrimp Dip

Shrimp Dip for New Years Eve

Marinated Herring

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Midnight Soup

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Jam-Filled Sweet Rolls

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Gentlemen’s Layer Cake



Lentil Soup


Let’s drink! It’s New Year’s Eve!

Fire Tongs Punch (Krambambula) – Feuerzangenbowle (Krambambuli)

Traditional New Years Eve punch

No New Year’s Eve celebration is complete without Fire Tongs Punch. The popularity of this warm, sweet wine punch skyrocketed after the release of its namesake, the 1944 German film Die Feuerzangenbowle. Both are cult classics and a must have on New Year’s Eve. 

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Apple Punch

Apple Punch for New Years Eve


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Master of Hunters – Jägermeister

Jägermeister used to be a job title: Master of Hunters. Today, it is better known as an herbal liqueur. Jägermeister was regarded more as a drink for older people—which was used to help digest after a heavy meal. Around 2004, the green bottle was rediscovered by younger adults and became hip in certain circles. It is best served ice cold—which means it needs to be chilled right around the freezing point. Look for the head of a buck on the label (that’s how you know you have a real bottle) and present your Jaegermeister to your New Year’s guests in tubes on a special rack. C’mon, how hip is that? Cheers!

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Feeling lucky?

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This new year, good fortune is sure to pour your way. Discover “Bleigiessen,” a fun German tradition of pouring melted lead into cold water to predict the future. Oh, and do have a Gluecksbringer? Not sure? Well, you’re in luck. There are plenty here. You’ll be charmed, I’m sure. _Oma

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Celebrate New Years Eve

(Picture taken by Thomas Dornfeld)

Einen Guten Rutsch und Prosit Neujahr. _Oma





Fire Tongs Punch

Fire Tongs Punch – Feuerzangenbowle / Krambamboli

Fire Tongs Punch

In Germany, Fire Tongs Punch is as much a part of New Year’s Eve as New Year’s Eve itself. This warm red wine, rum, and spice concoction goes back to the 19th century and became very popular again with the release of the filmDie Feuerzangenbowle(translated: “Fire Tongs Punch”) in 1944. In this movie, a famous German actor, Heinz Ruehman, plays the main role. Both the movie and the drink have become cult classics—and are enjoyed even by the younger generations. Every year, on New Year’s Eve, this sweet punch is served—creating a lot of fun and excitement while waiting for the clock to strike twelve. When the sugar cubes are lit, it creates quite a spectacle. Here’s how to make it this crowd-pleasing punch…


(Scroll down to watch the movie “Die Feuerzangenbowle” with English subtitles.)


  • 2 liters of red wine—dry (2 ½ – 3 bottles)
  • 350 ml of rum—minimum of 54% alcohol (otherwise it wont burn)
  • 5 cloves
  • 2 aniseed stars
  • ½ tablespoon of orange peel
  • Juice from one orange
  • Juice from one lemon
  • 3 juniper berries
  • ½ tablespoon of chopped ginger
  • 250 g of sugar cubes

Making Fire Tongs Punch recipe


Put the cloves, aniseed stars, ginger, orange peel, and juniper berries in an infuser Or in a meshed tea ball.

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Pour the wine in a large pot. Squeeze the orange and lemon juice in a bowl and then pour it through a fine strainer (to remove the pulp) and add the juices to the pot of wine. Heat up all the liquids and drop in the infuser filled with spices. The temperature should be warm, not hot, and DO NOT BRING TO A BOIL! After the liquid was heated, let it cool down for a bit. Fill a punch bowl with the wine mixture. Hang the infuser/tea ball in the punch bowl. Place the bowl carefully on a fondue stand Or a pot stand and put a fondue burner Or Sterno underneath to keep the wine warm throughout the evening.

To make a fire tongs punch you can use a glass bowl set and an adjustable flame burner. Place your special sugar tong with a sugar cone Or metal grater with sugar cubes over the opening of the punch bowl.

German-made tongs used to make Feuerzangenbowle get it here and sugar cone get it here.  You could also order a fire tongs punch set here.


Soak the sugar cubes in rum and arrange them close together in the middle of your metal holder. Light the sugar cubes with a long matchstick.With a ladle, slowly add the rest of the rum. The sugar will melt through the holes of the tong/grater and into your wine. Once all the sugar cubes are dissolved, take the infuser out and your Fire Tongs Punch is DONE!

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Cheers and best wishes for the New Year! _Oma

Click here to watch the movie “Die Feuerzangenbowle” (1944) Part 1 (with English subtitles)

Click here to watch the movie “Die Feuerzangenbowle” (1944) Part 2 (with English subtitles)