During Christmas season in Germany each town has a Christmas market. Vendors sell many items for Christmas. Lots of glass ornaments, wreaths, handmade toys, and lots of crafts. And then there are the food vendors, ahhh the smell of sweets nuts that have been roasted and and tossed in cinnamon sugar. Very skinny bratwurst in a small roll with lots of senf (mustard) and the most notable of all market food is the hot wine. For a few German marks ( it’s the Euro now) you got a small ceramic mug of wine. If you gave the mug back you got most of your marks back. We kept ours. Most of the mugs are brown with a village scene on them. This recipe is adapted from Authentic German Home Style Recipes by Gini Youngkrantz.
1 bottle of red wine
1 cup water
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 lemon ( sliced)
1/3 cup of sugar
Mix all ingredients into a large pan and heat until almost to the boiling point DO NOT LET IT BOIL. Serve warm.
I make a big batch of it every Christmas eve. I use oranges instead of the lemon and I use more cinnamon sticks. I use box wine since I make a lot. It only gets better as is sits.