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Hot, spicy lemonade to warm you up

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One of the best memories of the holidays while growing up at home was the wonderful smells coming from the kitchen! Between making turkey and dressing, vegetable sides and other good things, it's created a special memory of comfort and well-being. It's always a comfort to come into someone's home, particularly at the holidays, and smell something good coming from there.

Let's have a hot drink to warm us up and give your home a wonderful fragrance, called "Spicy Perked Lemonade". This is a hot punch that contains cranberry juice, lemonade concentrate, sugar, cloves and sticks of cinnamon. Once this all brews together, it makes for a flavorful and refreshing drink that also fills your home with a delightful fragrance!

This recipe really gives its age away, since this was developed during the days when the percolator-type coffee makers were in style. If you happen to have one of these coffee makers, then you're ready to go. If not, you can still make this treat by combining the punch ingredients in a large pot or Dutch oven, along with the sugar. The spices can go into a tea ball or a piece of cheesecloth and placed in the pot with the punch ingredients. This is now simmered until the spices have permeated and mixture is hot.

If your taste buds would rather have something cold, I ran a recipe sometime ago for a "Coffee Punch", which serves a large number and dresses up coffee very nicely! To get the recipe, follow this link:

http://www.examiner.com/article/need-drinks-to-celebrate-the-season-say-...

Of course, cookies are always popular with a hot holiday drink! Here's a video for "Christmas Cappucino Bars" that would be great with this punch:

http://www.examiner.com/article/christmas-cappuccino-bar-recipe

When you come in out of the cold, have some of this punch simmering away and you'll soon warm up and have a welcome aroma in your home, too!

SPICY PERKED LEMONADE

  • 1 quart cranberry juice
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 can (12 oz.) frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 2 sticks cinnamon

If using a percolator: Pour the cranberry juice into the percolator, along with the water and lemonade concentrate. In the basket , place sugar, 10 whole cloves, along with the cinnamon sticks, broken to fit. Perk through the entire automatic circle. Serve hot.

If using a Dutch oven: Place the liquid ingredients in the pot. Add the sugar. Place the spices in a teaball or a piece of cheesecloth that is tied to secure it. Place in the punch mixture. Heat over medium heat until punch is hot and spices have permeated.

Yield: 12 cups.

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