Since I live in the mountain area, it is kinda depressing to see fog and snow every day. But thanks to Weihnachtsmarkt, happiness comes to cheer people up. Weihnachtsmarkt is a street market, which available only near Christmas time. The word Weihnacht it self-means Christmas in German. At a bigger city in Germany, they were open a month before Christmas. Even some of them still opened until New Year. Here people can see and buy some stuff, souvenirs, Christmas decor, foods, drinks, snacks, or just enjoying the night and have a chit-chat with friends.
Last year, my beloved town Clausthal didn’t have one. So I and some friends decided to visit Goslar. Goslar is one of the most accessible towns to reach from Clausthal. And this town is also one of my top list of my fave town. There were not many differences between the two last years, all of my favorite snacks still there. Champignon with Rahmsauce, camembert, Schneeballen, Feuerzangenbowle, roast almonds, skewer, roast duck, and Glühwein, of course, are my lovely choice every year. But since I’m a bit restricted with food nowadays, I didn’t pick all of them. Some interesting stuff that I bought were local brand coffee beans, a rock, and a glass of Glögg.
I’m sure that this Glögg store wasn’t there last two years ago. A friend of mine said that this warm drink is initially from Scandinavia since she studied in Sweden. Usually, I had Glühwein as my warm drink, but my curiosity drove me to taste it. So I bought one without overthinking. Astonishing! Although it is also a spiced wine, it is different from my beloved Goslarsche Glühwein. It was light, but somehow man can easily scent the basic spices: cinnamon, clove and a bit ginger.
As my tongue had the first contact with the fluid that I sip, the scenery with the icy weather around me transformed into a tropical garden. It was a typical tropical fruit garden that I know from my country. I checked the plant and examed the fruit. This firm super Saiyan fruit is pineapple! I shout it! Yea, it is pineapple. Tasteful. Spiced wine with pineapple as an aftertaste. Oh, wait! I saw something at the bottom of my cup. I used the given teaspoon to pick one of them. And this thing made the drink sexier than Glühwein. I discovered a cherry down there. Then my friend explained that usually there should be almonds or raisins down there. The combination just perfect for my tongue. Welcome to the list of my fave drink Glögg.
The situation becomes warmer and warmer, though the weather was cold. We sneaked into Weihnachtswald and fortunately found an empty sweet spot to chat. The direct translation from Weihnachtswald is Christmas forest. Using a specific spell, a small plaza transformed into a small forest covered by Spruces. And the tree shielded us from the cold wind. Perfect place to enjoy the drink and have a conversation. Food, drink, and friends are perfect.
After some days, I ask my Swedish friend, that I call Birdie. She isn’t sure where this drink comes. But we do believe that this Glögg is from Scandinavian since it has different taste as Germany Glühwein. But please correct us if we are wrong. On the other hand, she doesn’t like Glögg. She said, Glögg has an odd taste, and it is very sweet. She isn’t that much of an alcohol drinker anyway. She indeed fined that Glögg has oddly mixed spices just like mentioned before plus star anise. And she thinks that Goslarsche Glögg is madness because they put cherry at the bottom instead of nut or raisin. Haha, this Glögg is interesting.