Classic Hot Winter Drink Recipes

German cold weather drinks that warm our insides in December 

It’s snowing outside. The roads are icy. Noses are red from the cold. Can’t wait to get inside and snuggle up with one of these typical German winter drinks.

Classic Hot Winter Drink Recipes:

Classic Recipes for Hot Winter




Recipe for 8 persons

• 8 cardamom pods
• 10 cloves
• 10 allspice berries
• 4 star anise fruits
• 1 cinnamon stick
• 1 tsp coriander seed
• 1 tsp aniseed
• 1 quart dry red wine
• 1 orange
• sugar to taste

Open cardamom pods by pressing down on them with the broad side of a knife. Then combine cardamom, cloves, allspice, star anise, cinnamon stick and aniseed in a tee bag and tie it. In a covered saucepan bring red wine, 2 cups of water and the spice bag to a quick boil. Meanwhile, wash and dry the orange and cut it in thin slices, then add them to the wine and simmer covered for 15 minutes. Press spice bag over the wine to release the aromatic liquid and remove. Season Glühwein to taste with sugar and drink hot.


Recipes For Hot Winter

Grog, photo Meike Jessen

Grog mit Gewürzen

Recipe for 4 persons

50 g ginger
100 g cherries (from glass jar)
1/2 vanilla bean
30 gr sugar
2 star anise fruits
2 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
5 gr berry tea, any
40 ml rum

Peel ginger and puree half. Mix cherries with a little cherry juice, vanilla and pureed ginger and let sit for 30 minutes.

Pound sugar, star anise, cloves and cinnamon in a mortar and spoon into a saucepan. Add 1 quart boiling water and let steep for 10 minutes. Pour through a strainer into another saucepan and bring to a boil.  Add tea in its teabag, let steep for 6 minutes and then remove teabag. Pour marinated cherries through a sieve. Add the cherries, juice and rum to the tea.

Briefly warm up the grog and serve with rock sugar.


Classic Recipes For Hot Winter

Feuerzangenbowle, photo Astrid Lenz


Recipe for 8 persons

1 orange
1 lemon
2 cinnamon sticks
4 star anise fruits
2 cloves
2 quarts dry red wine
375 ml rum (54%)
1 sugar cone (250 gr)

Peel the lemon and orange thinly and press out the juice. Pour juice through sieve into saucepan. Add lemon and orange peel, cinnamon sticks, star anise, cloves and red wine. Heat but do not boil. Separately warm up the rum.

Place the sugar cone above the saucepan on tongs. Let rum trickle over sugar cone and then light a flame to the cone. Before the flame extinguishes, add the remaining rum by pouring over the cone with a ladle. Serve hot.


Classic Recipes For Hot Winter

Eierlikör, photo


6 egg yolk
150 gr powdered sugar
1 vanilla bean
1 dash ground cloves
250 ml evaporated milk (10%)
500 ml brandy




In a mixer, blend egg yolk and powdered sugar for 5 minutes until creamy. Open vanilla bean and stir vanilla and ground cloves into egg mixture.Slowly, add evaporated milk and then brandy while stirring constantly. Cool mixture in refrigerator for 2 hrs, and stir occasionally. If foam builds, remove with a spoon.

When cooled off, eggnog is ready to drink. Whipped cream on top is optional. Eggnog will keep for 4-6 weeks if kept in refrigerator.


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