Heißer Kirmes Apfel Cocktail

By Timo Torner / Last updated on March 20, 2023

Mulled wine is everywhere during winter time. And in past years, mulled Gin has joined the game. With this recipe for the Heißer Kirmes Apfel Cocktail you get the perfect final touch to the winter drink.
Heißer Kirmes Apfel

Snow falling from the sky, cozy fireplaces, and hot drinks. Each year, the festive season offers a lot to look forward to. But if you want to enjoy a boozy hot cocktail, there is not exactly a large number of attractive choices. To add some variety to your hit list of winter drinks, I have a recipe that will get you warmed up. A delicious, steaming hot Gin cocktail.

But this delicious Gin recipe won't only warm you up on cold winter days. It is so much fun that it hopefully also lifts your mood during the dark season. The name of this drink is “Heißer Kirmes Apfel” which literally translates from German to “hot funfair apple”. It brings together the earthy, sweet aroma of woodruff with citrus and apple in a hot, warming cocktail. 

Hot Gin instead of mulled wine

Not everybody is a fan of mulled wine which is why Glühgin is trending for the past couple of years. For all non-Germans: this is a kind of mulled wine but based on Gin instead. It is gaining popularity and inspires many new cocktail recipes based on warmed-up Gin. The recipe I have for you is not exactly a Glühgin, but it picks up the trend. 

The base of the cocktail is Elixier Gin. This Gin has a very distinct and pretty strong woodruff taste. And that makes this drink so unique. The mix of woodruff and apple is a real treat. If you aren't familiar with Elixier Gin, you can find some more information in my Elixier Gin article. 

Heißer Kirmes Apfel

Heißer Kirmes Apfel

A delightful, fruity twist on a mulled Gin
Shaking time15 minutes
Resting time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: german
Keyword: Elixier Gin, Gin
Servings: 1
Calories: 190kcal
Author: Elixier Gin
Cost: $3


  • 5 cl Elixier Gin
  • 20 cl Apple juice
  • 1 tbsp Brown sugar
  • 1 dash Lemon juice
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 1 Star anise
  • 1/4 Vanilla pod
  • 1/8 Apple


  • Heat up sugar together with lemon juice and let the mix caramelize. Deglaze with apple juice, cinnamon, star anise, and vanilla and let it simmer briefly before removing it from the heat.
  • Add Elixier Gin and let it steep for around minutes 5 before pouring into a glass or cup. 
  • Garnish with cinnamon, star anise, vanilla and the 1/8 apple for serving.


Serving: 8.5ozCalories: 190kcalCarbohydrates: 20.41gProtein: 0.04gSodium: 2.22mgPotassium: 49.86mgSugar: 20.15gVitamin C: 1.41mgCalcium: 15.91mgIron: 0.15mg
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On a side note: In Germany, hot alcoholic drinks like this one are very traditional during winter. You can also find delicious mulled wine or Glögg made of exquisite red or white wine at every Christmas Market.

And if you are into the taste of mulled wine, I also have a special Christmas rum cocktail recipe for you. It contains my Christmas syrup which technically bases on mulled wine.

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