Apple Punch Recipe

Holiday Apple Punch Recipe – Apfelweinbowle

Apple Punch Recipe

This Apple Punch recipe is easy to make following these step by step instructions. Apple Punch is called Apfelweinbowle in Germany. This punch is a favorite party drink because it has not too much alcohol.

Ingredients for Apple Punch recipe:

  • 3 bottles (ea 355 ml – 12 oz) of Woodchuck Hard Cider Granny Smith
  • 3 bottles (ea 355 ml – 12 oz) of Johnny Appleseed Hard Apple Cider
  • 3 bottles (ea 296 ml – 10 oz) of soda water
  • ½ cup  of Calvados Or any other Apple Brandy (optional)
  • ⅛ l (½ cup) of fresh pressed lemon juice
  • ¼ l (1 cup) of fresh pressed orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • grated peels of 2 oranges
  • 2 sticks of cinnamon
  • 8 cloves
  • ½ teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • ½ bottle of champagne (optional)
  • 1-2 apples for decoration
  • 1-2 oranges for decoration

Ingredients Apple Punch Recipe

Preparation of Apple Punch:

Mix orange juice and lemon juice in a saucepan. Add orange peel, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and honey. Bring to a boil, turn the heat down and simmer for about 10 minutes.

Pour the apple cider in a glass punch bowl. Filter the cooked juice through a cheesecloth and add it to the apple cider. Add the Calvados (Apple Brandy) and the soda water.

Wash the apples and oranges. Core the apples and cut thin slices. Cut the oranges into thin slices. Add the sliced fruit to the Apple Punch. (I choose not to peel the fruit because I like the color).

Chill the Apple Punch and always serve cold. Consider placing the punch bowl on ice or surrounding it with ice cubes.

If you wish, before serving, you could add ½ bottle of champagne to suit your taste.

Apple Punch Recipe

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)