The Annual Feuerzangenbowle Party 2016

Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart

The Main Event (Page Three)

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The main event is about to begin... The Fire-Tongs Bowls are in place in the dining area and the mulled wine has been simmering all day!

A Typical Receipt:

  • Wash the oranges and lemons thouroughly, pat dry and cut into slices or wedges
  • In a large pot add red wine, oranges, lemons, cinnamon and cloves. Heat up slowly, but do not let it boil.
  • Move pot from heat and place it on a heating surface, stove or flame (which you can place on the table, like the one you use for Fondue).
  • Add ginger.
  • Place the sugar loaf above the red wine mixture (about 1 inch above the surface). You can use a special "fire tongs", which is made for this purpose. You can also a kind of wire netting to place the sugar loaf on.
  • Soak the sugar loaf with rum and light up the alcohol. The sugar will melt and drip into the wine. Add rum (little by little) to keep the fire burning until the sugar loaf is used up.
  • After the sugar loaf is used up stir gently and serve. If you like you can also use the orange or lemon wedges too.

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Spice bags soak in the mulled wine (Did you see the eye of newt?)

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Hans moves the mulled wine into the dining area and into the pots

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The Quality Control Inspector pops in!

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Sue finishes off her wine before the mulled wine is poured

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We are ready to go!

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We will just have to carry everything in by hand

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Sugar cones (sugarloafs) comes to the table

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Did You Know? - A sugarloaf was the usual form in which refined sugar was produced and sold until the late 19th century, when granulated and cube sugars were introduced. A tall cone with a rounded top was the end-product of a process that saw the dark molasses-rich raw sugar, which was imported from sugar cane growing regions such as the Caribbean and Brazil, refined into white sugar.

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Carefully set on their stands, the pots are prepared for the heat!

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Having fun!

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The little cone looks so innocent just sitting there!

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WARNING.... 151 at work!

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Notice how the cone turns brown as the 151 soaks into the sugar

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Marion checks to be sure she has 911 on fast dial

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The fires begin!

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The towel is ready and John is wearing tennis shoes!

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Lights On!

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Lights Off

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Such a beautiful flame.... Where are the moths?

Did You Know? - As with all high-alcohol beverages, Bacardi 151 is flammable. Bacardi 151 has multiple warnings on the label of the bottle stating that it should not be ignited or exposed to an open flame. Bottles are also equipped with a stainless steel flame arrester crimped onto the neck of the bottle to prevent the rum inside the bottle from igniting, in case a consumer ignores the warnings and applies the rum to a source of ignition (e.g. a flaming pan or dish, a flambé).

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The sugar is beginning to melt

Did You Know? - Sugar does melt at 340°F. It decomposes once you get to hotter temperatures, which is why caramel darkens till it becomes burnt sugar.

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Hans adds a little more booze to the sugar

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Do NOT pour it out of the bottle directly... Use a ladel

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Four people were hypnotized... Three got naked!
(Send $50 in cash for the names)

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One can feel the heat across the room

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Perhaps a little more... Oh dear... Bob brought hot-dogs

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Pretty pretty pretty

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Hans has this down to a science

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"It's safer up here"

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"Darn... There goes the hair on my arm!"

Quotation To Remember: Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles.  ~Author Unknown

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One more time!

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Wooooosh.... As the air is sucked out of the room

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Who needs a fireplace when you have such a beautiful display?

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Amazing colors... Amazing taste

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The sugar drips into the mulled wine making it very sweet

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Just a little more heat and it will be gone!

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Another little scoop and the sugar will disappear

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The wine gets sweeter with every drop

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Not too much remaining....

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"It's a bat"

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Hans begins to ladel the wine into our special glasses

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Curt gives him a hand

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Warm drinks and good friends... Life is good!

Quotation To Remember: "Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most." -- Ruth Carter Stapleton

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Archie is haivng a dream

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Archie helped also!

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"This is good stuff"

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Paul was smart.... He grabbed a BIG glass

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All smiles!  Warm wine and great friends.... HAPPINESS!

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Dessert is served - Beware of calories