Locals and visitors to Bratislava can experience advent as we knew it before the pandemic in the capital.
Bratislava's Christmas markets are back, offering traditional cigánska [a slice of bread with pork, onion and mustard], lokše [thin potato pancakes], accompanied by mulled wine, as well as specialties from the times Bratislava was called Pressburg.
“I tried wärmlich as this is something I hadn't ever drunk before. I’d just heard and read about it so far,” said Viera Jurkovičová, her plastic cup filled with a beverage resembling mulled red wine and a cap of whipped cream. “It's quite strong, but tasty.”
Wärmlich – a sweet hot alcoholic drink from red wine and wine spirit or brandy, was a Pressburg specialty. Despite the many ingredients needed to make the original drinks, the recipe is quite simple.