Monday, November 23, 2009

Three Festive Thanksgiving Beverages

Here are 3 tasty beverages to serve on Thanksgiving and during the holiday season. You can double these recipes as needed to make more servings.

Hot Spiced Cranberry Cider
1 16oz can jellied cranberry sauce
2 cups apple cider (unfiltered is best)
1/2 cup orange juice (I like it with pulp but you can use pulp-free)
1 stick of cinnamon
4 whole cloves

Mix all ingredients together in a saucepan and heat on the stove (you can also make this in a microwave-safe bowl). Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Hot Mulled Apple Cider
2 quarts apple cider
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp whole allspice
1 whole nutmeg
3 one-inch sticks of cinnamon
8 whole cloves

Place the whole spices in a small piece of cheesecloth and tie together to make a small bag. Combine the cider, sugar and salt in a saucepan and add the spice bag. Cover and bring to a simmer on the stove, and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the spice bag and serve in mugs. Makes 10-12 servings.

Fizzy Cranberry Punch
2 cups cranberry juice or cranberry juice cocktail
1 cup orange juice (no pulp is best)
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
4 Tbs sugar
2 cups sparkling water, chilled

Combine the first 5 ingredients and chill until ready to serve. When ready to serve, transfer to punch bowl and add the sparkling water, gently stirring to combine. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Zestfully yours,
Carolina Sauce Company

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