At the risk of sounding like a borderline alcoholic, one of my favorite things about this time of year is the plentitude of delicious drinks. I wrote the other week about the increased prices of the Glühwein at the Nürnberg Christkindlesmarkt this year, and the complaints people had about that. After visiting the market last Saturday night, it’s safe to say that the extra 50 cents a cup is stopping exactly no-one from having a glass or ten. The market was packed, every Glühwein stand was crowded, and more than one person had that glassy-eyed “time for a sausage” expression that says they’ve had too many.
I only snagged one glass on that visit, but I have been sampling some of the other options around town. In that spirit, I present the first week of my Christmas beverage count:
Last week I got my Christmas package from my parents, and as requested, they managed to track down the instant Starbucks Pumpkin Spice mix. Because a Lebkuchen latte is just not the same. Nice try, Starbucks Deutschland, but no dice.
The last drink of the week came on Saturday night when I actually ended up at the market. It was my first trip there this year and it was craaaaaazy packed. Too packed to see anything, and my crowd issues flared up again. I’m sure I‘ll be there at least a few more times this year, but I’ll be avoiding the weekend if at all possible. But that‘s another Heidelbeer Glühwein in the cup, and it warmed my fingers right up. Which is what you need on these chilly German evenings…
So that’s the first week of the holiday beverage season. In the name of research, I shall try as many things as possible in the next few weeks… that’s my Christmas gift to you. And me. Which brings me to my next question, any holiday favorites you can recommend? Or any other German specialties people have come across?