Frankfurt’s Christmas Market!
I am so excited about this post today. In fact, my level of excitement is so high that I require you, as a reader, to possess a similar level of excitement. I will now give you three seconds to build your enthusiasm.
Kinderpunsch is a typical German drink, most commonly served at German Christmas markets (like the one pictured above) along with its alcoholic counterpart Glühwein. I’ve found several Kinderpunsch recipes on the internet and tried two of them…BOTH of which disappointed me and didn’t taste very authentic. Thus, I decided to make my own recipe and I’m very pleased with the result! I know you may be thinking: What? Christmas Drinks? Before Thanksgiving? Really? WELL. Seeing as Thanksgiving is not a German holiday, Christmas is just about in full swing over here already. Decorations are up, Christmas music is playing, and the supermarkets are stocked full of Christmas trinkets, chocolates, and advent calendars. BTW: Steven and I are SUPER PUMPED about the advent calendars we picked out this year. But that’s a tale for another time.
[ Volkstümlich Kinderpunch von Frau Schmidt ]
[ Mrs. Schmidt’s Traditional Kinderpunsch ]
What you need:
3 Teabags in a berry or “holiday” flavor
3 cups water
2 cups apple juice
1 cup orange juice
2 or 3 lemon slices
1 cinnamon stick
6 whole cloves OR 2 pinches ground cloves
- Add 3 cups of warm water to a medium sauce pan with the berry or “holiday” flavored tea bags
3. Add apple juice, orange juice, lemon slices, cloves, and the cinnamon stick. I used two cinnamon sticks but when I make this again I will only use one, as it came out just a tad too “spicy” and I had to balance it out with more juice. So yes. Just use one.
4. Allow the mixture to simmer for about 5 minutes but don’t boil.
I chose not to sweeten my kinderpunsch because Steven and I have different sweetness preferences. This way we can just sweeten our drinks individually in our mugs. I recommend using honey – or maybe even caramel!
5. Strain two or three times through a fine strainer, ladle into glasses and serve to all of your friends!
OR you could be like me, and sip it while reading a book on a cold autumn morning, wearing flannel pajamas and listening to Christmas music.