Drinking at the German Christmas Market

27 11 2011

German Christmas Markets are now a familiar element of Christmas in the UK, with Bristol’s own version a firm festive favourite in Broadmead. This is the third year running that the market has come to Bristol, with 35 wooden chalets selling gifts from soaps to jewellery.

On Friday evening, however, I was more interested in drinking than gifts buying. The bar I visited was at the Cabot Circus end of the market, and at £4 a pint with a £2 deposit on the plastic glass, can lay claim to being among the most expensive in Bristol. With Oktoberfest style long tables, it’s a shame the beer is only sold in pints.

The speciality here is Glühwein (£2.50), a German version of mulled wine prepared from red wine, heated and spiced with cinnamon sticks, vanilla pods, cloves, citrus and sugar. For one pound more, you can add rum or amaretto to the mix.

The other alcoholic choice is Lumumba (£3.50), named after a Congolese politician and consisting of cacao accompanied by either rum, amaretto, Bailey’s or Dooley’s.

There is also tea, coffee and hot chocolate, but on Friday night after work when I visited, most people were on the stronger stuff, a cold night warmed up by the mulled drinks.


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27 11 2011
Alex Jegtnes

Did you get a chance to sample the other stalls’ offerings? A couple of them served mulled wine – not just the main central one (one even had a happy hour-offer on) and there was a local cider stand with mulled cider available, which was my first experience of mulled cider and it was utterly delicious.

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