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German Kinderpunsch

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You’ve likely tasted the joys of mulled wine, but have you tried its non-alcoholic German cousin, Kinderpunsch?

It’s a festive drink that’s just as heartwarming and you’re about to learn how to whip it up.

You’ll discover the history, essential ingredients, and preparation steps.

You’ll also get serving tips and customization ideas for your own perfect Kinderpunsch.

So, let’s dive in and start brewing this delightful German tradition at home.

The History of Kinderpunsch in German Tradition

You’re about to delve into the fascinating history of Kinderpunsch in German tradition, a tale that’s as heartwarming as the drink itself.

Originating in Germany, Kinderpunsch is a non-alcoholic beverage traditionally served during the Christmas season. Germans wanted a festive drink that kids could enjoy while adults sipped on their Glühwein. Thus, Kinderpunsch was born. The name itself means ‘children’s punch,’ highlighting its family-friendly nature.


Over time, the recipe has evolved, but the spirit of Kinderpunsch hasn’t changed. It remains a symbol of warmth, unity, and the joy of the season. It’s the drink that gathers families around the fire and makes the cold winter nights a little bit cozier.

Now, isn’t that a story worth sharing over a warm mug of Kinderpunsch?

Essential Ingredients for Making Kinderpunsch

To make this delightful drink, you’ll need some essential ingredients including fruit juices, spices, and a sweetener. Start with a base of apple and orange juice for a tangy, fruity flavor.

Next, add spices like cinnamon, cloves, and star anise – they’re what give Kinderpunsch its warm, comforting aroma. Don’t forget the sweetener – a bit of honey or sugar will do the trick.

You’ll also need a few slices of fresh lemon and orange. They’ll add a zing to your drink and make it look pretty too.

And, for an optional twist, consider adding some hibiscus tea. It enhances the fruity flavor and gives the Kinderpunsch a lovely ruby color.

Step-by-Step Guide to Preparing Kinderpunsch

First off, you’ll want to combine your chosen fruit juices in a large pot and begin heating them on a low setting. Stir occasionally to prevent burning. As the mixture heats up, your kitchen will start to fill with a sweet, fruity aroma. A sure sign you’re on the right track.

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Next, add your spices. This is where you’ll get that classic Kinderpunsch flavor. Cinnamon, cloves, and star anise are key. Don’t skimp on these – they’re what make this drink special. After you’ve added the spices, let everything simmer. You’re not in a rush. Good things take time, and your Kinderpunsch is no exception.

Tips for Serving and Enjoying Your Kinderpunsch

Savoring your homemade brew is even better when served in a festive mug, adding a dollop of whipped cream on top, and sprinkling a pinch of cinnamon for that extra cozy touch.

But that’s not the only way you can enhance your Kinderpunsch experience. You’re not limited to serving it hot. If you prefer, chill it in the refrigerator for a few hours and enjoy it as a refreshing, fruity cold drink.

Don’t forget, you can also experiment with different types of fruit juices or spices. It’s your brew, after all.

And, if you’re sharing it with friends or family, why not make it a fun DIY drink station? They’ll love adding their own toppings and making it their own.

Customizing Your Kinderpunsch: Add-In Ideas and Variations

You’ve got plenty of options when it comes to customizing your holiday brew.

From tweaking the juice blend to experimenting with spices and add-ins.

Don’t be afraid to get creative with your Kinderpunsch.

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Swap out the traditional apple and orange juices for pomegranate or cranberry for a tart twist.

You can also experiment with the spices.

Try adding a pinch of nutmeg or a splash of vanilla extract for a rich, warming flavor.

If you’re looking for something extra special, consider adding a shot of caramel or ginger syrup.

Remember, it’s your Kinderpunsch, so make it your own.

Whether you stick to the classic recipe or venture into new flavor territories.

You’re sure to create a drink that’s both delicious and uniquely yours.


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You've likely tasted the joys of mulled wine, but have you tried its non-alcoholic German cousin, Kinderpunsch?
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Drinks
Servings 6


  • 2 cups apple juice
  • 2 cups orange juice or substitute half apple juice and half cherry juice NOTE: some recipes use orange juice and some don’t. If you omit the orange juice the Kinderpunsch will be translucent in color.
  • 1/2 cup cherry juice can substitute more orange or apple juice
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 5 bags hibiscus tea or buy in bulk and use 5 teaspoons loose dried hibiscus petals
  • Honey to taste


  • To make the Kinderpunsch, simply place all the ingredients except for the honey and tea in a stock pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the tea bags and let them steep, covered, for 10 minutes. Remove the tea bags and add honey to taste. Reheat the punch until hot.
  • Serve hot. Optional garnishes to place in each mug include orange slices, cloves, a star anise or cinnamon stick.


There are many variations of Kinderpunsch – use the fruit juices and ratios you prefer.



Can I Prepare Kinderpunsch Using a Slow Cooker or Crockpot?

Absolutely, you can prepare it using a slow cooker or crockpot. It’s a simple process: combine all ingredients, set your cooker to low, and let it simmer. Just don’t forget to strain it before serving.

How Can I Store Leftover Kinderpunsch, and How Long Will It Stay Fresh?

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Sure, you can store leftover Kinderpunsch in the fridge. Just pour it into a sealed container. It’ll stay fresh for about 3-5 days. Remember, if it smells off or changes color, don’t drink it.

Are There Any Non-Alcoholic Alternatives to the Traditional Kinderpunsch Recipe?

Absolutely, you can modify the traditional recipe with non-alcoholic alternatives. Try using apple or grape juice instead of wine. Don’t forget to add your spices and a bit of citrus for that authentic flavor.

Can Kinderpunsch Be Served Cold, or Is It Best Enjoyed Hot?

You can certainly serve Kinderpunsch cold, but it’s traditionally enjoyed hot. The warmth enhances the spices’ flavors, making it particularly cozy for winter. So, it’s best hot, but don’t let that stop you from cooling it.

Can I Use Fresh Fruits Instead of Dried Ones in the Kinderpunsch Recipe?

Absolutely, you can use fresh fruits instead of dried ones. They’ll give your drink a more vibrant flavor. Just remember to balance the sweetness, as fresh fruits are generally sweeter than dried ones.


So, there you’ve it! You’ve now got the know-how to whip up your own batch of warming Kinderpunsch.

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Remember, it’s not just about following the recipe – it’s about enjoying the process and adding your own personal touch.

Whether you’re keeping the tradition alive or starting a new one, this German delight is sure to cozy up your winter nights.

So go ahead, pour yourself a mug, sit back, and revel in the rich, spicy sweetness of Kinderpunsch.

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