Festive Feasts: Kinderpunsch & Glühwein Recipes

Two of our favorite things to do at the Christmas markets here in Europe are browsing the vendor stands and drinking hot holiday drinks. Glühwein, hot spiced wine, is a favorite among the adults especially now that most stands offer the choice between red and white wine. And the other, Kinderpunsch, is just what its name translates to:  A punch for kids or for adults who don’t drink.  It’s like the virgin version of Glühwein.

Kinderpunsch (Non-Alcoholic)

Recipe from Kimberly Killebrew at the The Daring Gourmet


  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 2 cups apple juice
  • ½ cup cherry juice (can substitute more orange or apple juice)
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 5 bags hibiscus tea (or buy in bulk and use 5 teaspoons loose dried hibiscus petals)
  • Honey to taste



  1. To make this, simply place all the ingredients except for the honey and tea in a stock pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the tea bags and let them steep, covered, for 10 minutes. Remove the tea bags and add honey to taste. Reheat the punch until hot.
  2. Serve hot. Optional garnishes to place in each mug include orange slices, cloves, a star anise or cinnamon stick.


Glühwein – Mulled Wine (Alcoholic)


  • 2 bottles of good quality red or white wine
  • 2 cups of water
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 5 oz sugar
  • 6 cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 oranges – cut into bitesize pieces
  • oranges for decoration



  • Put all ingredients in a pot and bring it close to boil
  • For additional taste cut 2 oranges in to bite size pieces and add to the wine
  • Let simmer
  • Remove clove, cinnamon stick before serving it into lightly pre-warmed glasses
  • Decorate glasses with a slice of orange

Enjoy and drink responsibly!


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