Kinderpunsch is an alcohol-free, warming drink, served mainly at Christmas markets in Germany. Substitute white wine for apple juice if you prefer.


  • 250ml (1 cup) water
  • 155g (2/3rds cup) caster sugar
  • 2 pinches ground cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 750ml (3 cups) apple juice
  • 1 lemon, sliced


  • In a 3 litre saucepan, bring water, sugar, cloves and cinnamon to the boil.
  • Stir in apple juice and heat through. Do not boil. Take spices out and pour over lemon slices in serving or punch bowl. Serve warm.