The fragrance of gingerbread, tangerines, cloves and mulled wine hangs in the air. Christmas decorations featuring lights and candles illuminate Lucerne's alleys in the darker season of the year. Christmas markets invite people to defy the cold and congregate outside. Matching the mood, here's a list of places where you can sample mulled wine in Lucerne.
Cuddle up with a friend or wrap yourself in a fur coat or woolly blanket at the La Barca, a «vincafé» located on «unter der Egg» on the Reuss. The freshly prepared mulled wine, fondue, raclette and other house specialities will soon warm you up from the inside. Enjoy the great atmosphere, tasty food and good company.
Spend cosy moments in the Weihnachtshüttli on the wintry lakeside terrace of the Grand Hotel National. See the evening out curled up under a fleecy blanket with warming mulled wine and a slice of birnbrot pear bread. The glittering lake and decorated fir trees will soon have you in the Advent mood.
Hidden behind the city walls is one of the most idyllic places to enjoy a mulled wine. The urban farm attracts visitors not only with the charming inhabitants of the barn or with the delicious specialities from the shop. Every Friday and Saturday, mulled wine can be enjoyed in the unique ambience . Sip your mulled drink next to highland cattle, goats, pigs and chickens.
Preparation time: about 15 minutes / recipe for 4 persons
Bring all the ingredients to the boil in a pan, stirring occasionally. Remove the pan from the heat, cover and allow to stand for approx. 10 minutes, then heat it up again, remove the cinnamon sticks and cloves and serve in preheated glasses.
Alcohol-free mulled «wine»: use red grape juice instead of wine and omit the sugar.
Source: Betty Bossi