This morning I want to share a recipe that is one of my absolute favorite holiday recipes. It’s a hot punch drink that my mom makes every year at Christmas and it is one of the most delicious drinks I’ve ever had. The flavors of cranberry, cinnamon, citrus and cloves are perfectly balanced and blend together so nicely. And this recipe couldn’t be easier–simply heat and it’s done! If you are looking for something warm and absolutely delicious, try this punch.
9 oz. (3/4 of 12 oz. can) Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate
9 oz. (3/4 of 12 oz. can) Frozen Lemonade Concentrate
3 Qt. Water
20 Whole Clove
3 Cinnamon Sticks
15 oz. Cinnamon Imperial Candies
Heat all ingredients in a VERY large stockpot over medium heat until heated through. Stir frequently.*
Makes about 25, 8 oz. servings.
*The Imperial candies will want to stick to the bottom of the pan while the mixture heats, but just a use a wooden spoon to keep them scraped off and they will eventually melt.
Here are some great punch recipes that would be appropriate for either Christmas OR New Year’s. Any of these would be a nice change from the same old mug of cider or glass of champagne you’d normally serve. The coffee punch is soooo good…I will never forget the first time I had it at a bridal shower and thought “what IS this?!” I immediately obtained the recipe (as I’m sure everyone else at the shower did) and occasionally get the urge to make it for myself. Yes, just for me, no special occasion or party or whatever. But I haven’t done that…yet.
This weekend was a whirlwind of activity. I got to have a little girl’s night Friday night with two of my bestest friends. We treated ourselves to pedicures and a little shopping. Then Saturday Jeremy and I got up early, worked out, made a yummy homemade breakfast of biscuits, gravy, eggs and sausage and then headed to Seymour for the Apple Festival.
There were a TON of crafts. Jewelry, fall wreaths, homemade cosmetics and lotions, wood working and so much more.
And of course, there were apples. We treated ourselves to a slice of yummy apple pie with vanilla ice cream.
From there we headed to a wedding. My baby cousin, James, got married…I still can’t believe he’s old enough to get married! Makes me feel ancient. Sigh.
The wedding was very cute and laid-back. We all sat on quilt-covered hay-bales and the bride and groom stood under a big, beautiful tree for the ceremony. Afterwards, we had the most delicious bbq and other homemade food and ended the night with yummy white wedding cake, punch and dancing.