A couple of years ago Hubby and I were lucky enough to enjoy a couple of child free days walking around the Vienna Christmas Markets. It was such an amazing experience seeing all the Christmas decorations and being able to stop every 20 yards for another hot Punch. The food was divine and the atmosphere was electric. Whilst we were there I discovers Apfelpunsch mit alkohol. This simply translates to Apple Punch with Alcohol. I am not certain on the exact recipe but I have found a way that I can very closely replicate the drink that I enjoyed in Vienna, back here in the UK and I call it Winter Apple Jack Punch.
In Vienna they are not shy about the amount of alcohol they put in their Punches. If you aren’t careful a gentle stroll through a small market can end up a heavy drinking session without you even realising. There are alcohol free drinks available which are called Kinderpunsch, literally ‘children’s punch’. The weather is so cold during December in Vienna that it is hard to not want a couple of Punches to warm the cockles.
The main star of the Punsch show is the Weihnachtspunsch. This is made with Rum, Tea and Red wine with various spices. It is delicious but I always found it very strong. After a couple of Market visits, including the amazing Christkindlmarkt on the Rathausplatz (which is such an experience I cannot recommend going there enough) I discovered the apfelpunch in a smaller market at the Maria-Theresien Platz. Well it was a game changer. I knew as soon as I tasted it I needed this in my Christmas life every year from now on. It tastes like warm apple pie in liquid form. It is a little thick like cloudy apple juice and warms you from your lips to your toes.
How I Make It
Once I was home I set about finding how to make this Punch. I should probaly say here that I don’t like whiskey of any kind and for me Jack Daniels is one of the worst… Sorry JD but it is true. So when I found that Jack Daniels made a Winter version that is spiced I was very dubious. This was either going to work or be a waste of £20. Quite the gamble really. Well it worked! It tastes nothing like normal Jack Daniels and does help create the ‘Apple Pie’ in a glass taste I was going for. In the markets they seem to work on a 1:3 alcohol to juice ratio but I have diluted that down a touch here (because it is seriously strong!) to 1:4.