The Many Drinks of Christmas Markets

There are more warm Christmas drinks at the markets than just Glüwein, but it’s not always clear what they are, so here’s a list of drinks I have come across locally so you can hopefully find a favorite.

Most of these drinks are served in 0.2L collectable mugs that you can keep if you like. The Pfand is usually between 2-4€, so keep the mug if you want, or return it to get the Pfand back. You can also trade your mug for a clean one.


Glüwein (rot/red or weiß/white) – You will find red Glüwein at every Christmas Market you go to. It is usually a sweet red wine, mulled with cinnamon, cloves, star anise, lemon and sugar. White Glüwein is made with the same spices, but is a little mellower. You can find the white Glüwein at most of the big markets in this area.

Feuerzangenbowle -This drink is a bit of a show as well. It starts with Glüwein, then the server places a sugar cube over the drink, pours rum over it, and lights it on fire. The sugar caramelizes and melts into the drink.

Schokopunsch/Lumumba – Hot chocolate with a shot of rum or amaretto, for those of you who don’t like Glüwein.

Eierpunsch – Eggnog mixed with white wine and rum.

Jagertee/Hüttentee – Black tea with a shot of rum.

Grog – A mix of rum, sugar and hot water.

Glögg – A Scandinavian form of Glüwein, the spices used include cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and ginger.

Warmer Apfelkuchen – Mulled apple cider mixed with vodka or rum.

Alcohol Free

Kinderpunsch – An alcohol free version of Glüwein.

Apfelwein – Apple cider. I tried this and it seemed non-alcoholic to me, but check before buying.

Heiße Schokolade – Hot chocolate

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