Monday, December 12, 2011

Spiced Cranberry Punch

Are you having any holiday parties? If you are having a party and need to volunteer to bring something, how about a punch? All you have to do is purchase the items and assemble it at the party. It can not be any easier plus it will give you more time to shop, cook, or sleep. 
I like assembling punch for a party. Children are so cute because they want to pour their own with the ladle. Usually, the children do a very good job. I leave extra napkins by the punch bowl just in case they are needed. The recipe calls for cloves. I liked it and cloves are not my favorite spice. If the party are adults only, you could spike the punch.
Spiced Cranberry Punch
 1 lemon
2 cups 100% cranberry juice, chilled
1 cup cold water
1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 (12 oz) can of ginger ale, chilled


Slice the lemon in half. Squeeze half of the lemons in a pitcher and slice the other half to garnish the punch.
Combine all the remaining ingredients into the pitcher and mix. 
Garnish with the lemon slices. (orange slices work well too.)

Recipe adapted from Domino Sugar website. .
I used lemon and orange slices
Did you already know..........
-Since 400 B.C., the Chinese have been using cloves.
-There is a written reference about a Chinese emperor. The Chinese emperor wanted his subjects to sweeten their breath with cloves before approaching him.
-Cloves are the unopened and immature flower bud of a clove tree belonging to the plant family Myrtaceae.
-Cloves are native to Indonesia.

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