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Fire and alcohol always seems like a great combination, and this was reaffirmed after last night’s Feuerzangenbowle party – my German officemate had invited us to come over to his cottage to try his native homeland’s take on the festive drink of mulled wine.

First, dry red wine is heated in a bowl, along with spices, oranges and lemons. When hot, a sugar cone is held above the mix with a sieve, and soaked with overproofed rum of at least 54%. This is then set alight, and more rum added until all the sugar has melted into the wine. The flames were great to watch and definitely helped to make a pretty strong and tasty drink. I probably had a few too many though as I was still feeling the effects the next afternoon.