‘Tis time for Christmas cheer

Sorrel Drink

This is a popular drink at Christmas time when sorrel is in season. The dried sorrel will last for months if stored in a dry place.

INGREDIENTS
1/4 pound sorrel sepals
1 strip of dried orange peel
1 cinnamon stick
a few whole cloves
1 gallon boiling water
2-3 pounds granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

Rum to taste (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Put the dried sorrel, orange peel, cinnamon stick and whole cloves
in a gallon jar, pouring the boiling water over.
When cool, cover and leave the mixture to steep for 2 days.
Then strain off the liquid, add sugar to taste rather sweet. Add the rum, ground spices and let it stand for another 2 days before serving chilled or with crushed ice.

Sorrel Ginger and Pimento Drink

INGREDIENTS
1 pound sorrel, rinsed and drained
2 to 4 ounces fresh ginger, washed and scraped
2 quarts boiling water
Granulated white sugar, to taste
1 cup wine or rum (optional)
8 to 12 pimento seeds, to heat taste

DIRECTIONS
Place the washed and drained sorrel into a stainless steel container or a 1 gallon glass jar. If using the jar, heat it by pouring hot water into the jar to temper it for receiving the boiling water.
Grate the ginger finely and add to the sorrel. Add the pimento seeds.
Pour the boiling water over the sorrel. Allow the mixture to stand for 4 to 6 hours; strain the solids. Sweeten to taste. Add optional rum or wine, to taste and, optionally, let it stand for another 2 days before serving chilled or with crushed ice.

Cran-Dandy Cooler

A carbonated cranberry and pineapple refreshing cooler. Yield: 8

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups cranberry juice

1 cup pineapple juice

1 cup orange juice

1 (4 ounce) jar maraschino cherries

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle ginger ale

1 orange, sliced in rounds

DIRECTIONS:

In a gallon pitcher combine cranberry juice, pineapple juice, orange juice, cherry juice and lemon juice. Just before serving, slowly add ginger ale; stir to blend. Serve over ice in cups or glasses. Garnish with cherry and orange slices.

Eggnog Extreme

An extremely rich egg nog. Not for anyone watching cholesterol! This recipe contains raw eggs.

INGREDIENTS:

12 egg yolks

2 cups white sugar

1 (750 milliliter) bottle white rum

1 quart half-and-half cream

1 quart heavy cream

12 egg whites

1 cup white sugar

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

DIRECTIONS:

In a large bowl, combine egg yolks, 2 cups sugar and rum. Mix well, cover and refrigerate for 24 hours.

Stir half-and-half into cooled yolk mixture. In a large bowl, whip the heavy cream until soft peaks form; set aside.

In a separate clean bowl, with a clean whisk, whip egg whites until thick, then gradually add sugar and whip until peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into the egg whites, then fold into the yolks mixture. Sprinkle top with nutmeg.

Hot Spiced Cider

This recipe uses an automatic coffee maker to brew the cider. If you don’t own one, heat it in a slow cooker or a saucepan over medium heat on the stovetop. Grab your mugs and dive into this hot drink! Clean your coffee maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions before using for coffee again.

Yield: 2 quarts.

INGREDIENTS:

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon whole allspice

1 teaspoon whole cloves

1 cinnamon stick

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 pinch ground nutmeg

1 large orange, quartered with peel

2 quarts apple cider

DIRECTIONS:

Place filter in coffee basket, and fill with brown sugar, allspice, cloves, cinnamon stick, salt, nutmeg, and orange wedges. Pour apple cider into coffee pot where the water usually goes. Brew, and serve hot.

Cranberry Rum Punch

There’s rum in this wonderful, sparkling cranberry punch with lemon and lime slices. With bright red, yellow and green colors, this punch makes an attractive accompaniment to your party’s food.

Yield: 8.5 cups.

INGREDIENTS:

1 (32 fluid ounce) bottle cranberry juice

1/4 cup white sugar

2 cups ginger ale

2 1/4 cups rum

8 slices lemon

DIRECTIONS:

In a medium-size punchbowl, stir cranberry juice and sugar together until the sugar dissolves. Mix in ginger ale, rum, and lemon and lime slices. Serve over ice.

Mocha Coffee

Mocha coffee is extremely easy to make in this recipe. Just add cocoa, sugar and milk to hot coffee and drink!

Yield: 1 serving.

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup hot brewed coffee

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tablespoon white sugar

2 tablespoons milk

DIRECTIONS:

Pour hot coffee into a mug. Stir in cocoa, sugar and milk.

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