For The New Year Celebration
And All The Cold Weather That Follows
OK, I’m still on a drink kick, let’s face it it’s that time of the year for such things,.and it’s time to gather round with friends and neighbors and enjoy the New Year. So, let’s have a holly, jolly time and break out the spirits. Well the New Year is the time to celebrate and enjoy the new things coming our way. Every New Year is a time for New Things. Kick out the old and ring in the new. So while we enjoy doing our thing let’s enjoy some spirit help.. You friends, neighbors and\ guests will enjoy these cold weather uplifts and rate you high on their best cat in the neighborhood list. And that should last till May or June when you fill up the pool in your back yard and at least the guy next door catches you out back cleaning up the BBQ Pit. Have fun til then.
Red-Hot Apple Cider
- Combine 2/3 cup red cinnamon candies and 8 cups apple cider; stir occasionally to melt candy. When ready to serve, mix in 1 cup brandy and add thin apple slices.
Mulled Red Wine
- Mix two 750-ml bottles dry red wine such as zinfandel, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 5 whole cloves, 4 cinnamon sticks, 4 allspice berries, and 4 peppercorns. Serve with fresh-cut orange slices.
- Mix 2 1/2 cups water, 2 cups orange juice, 1 1/4 cups cranberry juice, 5 star anise, and 1/2 cup brown sugar. When hot, add 6 cranaple tea bags, steep 8 minutes, and remove bags. Add 1 3/4 cups spiced rum.
- Combine 3 3/4 cups peach nectar, 1 3/4 cups prune juice, 2 1/2 cups sweet white wine, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 6 cinnamon sticks, 5 whole cloves, and 5 cardamom pods. Serve in sugar-rimmed glasses.