I can tell because it says so, in big letters on the front. I saw it at the thrift store today (7 Euros! I love this store!) and had to have it.
Rumtopf means “rum pot” and refers either to this sort of pot, or the traditional dessert that is made in it. The recipe is more or less: fill a pot with rum and a bit of sugar, then drop a little fruit from each harvest over the course of a year into it. In the winter, uncover the pot and make merry.
If this sounds a little excessive or trashy to you, then you have clearly never spent a winter in central Europe. The progression goes more or less like this:
By December you are so over it—but hopefully mildly distracted by Christmas.
By January you are getting pretty cranky, and having to pack up all those decorations isn’t helping any.
By February, you are compulsively surfing random travel sites with photos of beaches and palm trees on them.
And by March you are wondering if your husband’s life insurance payout would cover the cost of a tropical cruise. For one.
Rumtopf is looking better all the time!