December 17, 2012

Tuesdays At The Table - Very Merry Punch

Christmas Day is in a week!  YIKES!  Can I tell you that I'm just not ready this year?!  Please tell me I'm not alone...

Given that Christmas falls on a Tuesday - should I host TATT next week?  Or should I take a week off for the first time since I started?

This week I'm sharing a holiday punch.  I look at it like a winter version of sangria...that can be served hot or cold.

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Very Merry Punch

1 1/2 cups water
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 bottles (750-ml) hearty red wine      
1 apple, sliced
1 orange, halved and sliced 
1 cup pineapple chunks, fresh or canned      
4 whole star anise
1/2 cups orange curaçao
 

Place water and brown sugar in a medium pot. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, until the sugar has dissolved, about 2 minutes.

Add wine, apple, orange, pineapple, and star anise. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 10 minutes.

Stir in orange curaçao and cook for 5 minutes more. Discard star anise. Serve the punch in heat-safe wineglasses or coffee cups, spooning a little fruit into each glass OR chill and serve over ice.

What's cooking in your kitchen?
 

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7 comments:

  1. Sounds great :) thanks for hosting ...

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  2. Good Morning Cole,
    Your punch looks awesome and thanks for hosting every week, you have earned a week off. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!
    Miz Helen

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  3. Sharing our deliciously festive Peppermint Candy Cane Muffins! Thanks for hosting. :)

    Ditto Miz Helen...take the week off! Happy Christmas, ~Lisa

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  4. This punch sounds fabulous! And yes, by all means, take a week off!

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  5. Yummy punch! Take the week off and enjoy.
    Thanks for hosting and Merry Christmas!

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