Mecklenburger Punsch – German Hot Drink

mecklenburger Punsch

This is a drink just perfect for the cold winter season! When the nights are getting longer and colder, and the days shorter,  that’s the time for a cup of this German hot drink that is called “Mecklenburger Punsch” .

This is a classic recipe from the former DDR (East Germany)  and is also called “Seelenwaermer” which would be translated into English as “warming the soul”. Its origin is Mecklenburg, hence the name Mecklenburger Punsch.
It contains quite some alcohol and if you think this is too strong just add more orange juice or hot water or don’t use alcohol at all. But then it is not a Seelenwaermer anymore… Happy Cooking!

Ingredients Mecklenburger Punsch

(serves 4)

2 organic oranges
3 lemons
130 ml Cognac or Brandy
750 ml Darjeeling black tea (good quality tea)
150 g honey
250 ml dark rum
gluhwein spices

Instructions Mecklenburger Punsch

– Wash 1 orange, dry it and peel the skin very thin like a spiral (without the white part), leave some pieces for decoration.
– Juice all lemons and oranges.
– Pour the juice into a glass jar, add cognac and orange peels and let it soak for 3 hours.
– Make the black tea.
– Remove orange peel from the juice.
– Add tea, honey and rum.
– Bring to the cooking point (not a boil, otherwise all alcohol will be gone).
– Serve in special tea glasses with a handle (made out of glass) and decorate with some orange peel.

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