Thursday, December 21, 2006

A Christmas Punch Recipe

Well, as you all know, Christmas can be one heck of a busy season. What with my daughter returning home from college, my son working extra hours, numerous Christmas parties, shopping! shopping! and more shopping, visiting friends and families, my sister returning from the East Coast (20 hours of driving away) and who knows what else, there is hardly any time for one of my favourite past times … Blogging!

And so since today is one of those hectic holiday days, I have decided to treat you with a little something that was given to me the other day… a recipe for a hot punch called “Warm Spiced Cranberry.” Now, I actually tried it and it was very good so if you are so inclined, give it a try yourself and let me know what you think.

Warm Spiced Cranberry – Pretty amber colour with a rose hue. Not-too-sweet, fruity blend with a hint-of-cinnamon drink.

4 cups( 1 litre) Cranberry Cocktail
2 cups(500 ml) Prepared orange juice
½ cup (125 ml) Lemon Juice
¼ cup (60 ml) Granulated sugar
2 Cinnamon sticks (4inch or 10cm lengths)
4 Whole cloves
4 cups (1 litre) Ginger ale (room temperature)

Combine first 6 ingredients in large saucepan. Heat on low, stirring often until simmering. Cover. Simmer for 15 minutes. Pour into warm punch bowl.

Add ginger ale. Stir. Makes about 10 cups (2.5 litres).

Now, I really liked "the stuff" but please don't be nasty to me if you find it terrible!! Just kidding! I know you wouldn't do that!


Le Nightowl said...

Sounds good :)
Happy hectic holidays to you, Dave!

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Have a blessed Christmas and a grand time with the family.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

It sounds delicious, and since I love all things cranberry, I will try it.

And here is one for you - Hot Spiced Apple Cider:

Apple cider, approx. 1 cup per person
1 stick of cinnamon per cup, less if they're thick
1 or 2 allspice berries per cup
1 piece thinly sliced lemon rind per cup
1 star anise per cup
Combine all ingredients, bring to boil. Reduce heat to just below simmer, cook over very low heat with pan covered for about 5 minutes. Strain and serve hot.

You can also add rum if desired. I don't, but it would work.

GT said...
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GT said...

Perfect for cold days, serve with a cinnamon stick for stirring.