Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Serve It Up Tuesday: Cold Day, Warm Drink

Since most people will be so busy on Thanksgiving day preparing all the yummy goodies for the big feast, here’s a simple drink that you can make ahead of time for your guests to enjoy as they come in from the cold.

Hot Buttered Punch
(From the Everything Slow Cooking for a Crowd Cookbook)

Makes about 10 cups

¾ cup brown sugar
4 cups water
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon allspice
¾ teaspoon ground cloves
2 1-pound cans jellied cranberry sauce
1 quart pineapple juice
16 sticks cinnamon bark
16 small pats butter

Combine the sugar, water, salt, spices, cranberry sauce and pineapple juice in the slow cooker.  Cover and heat on a low setting for 3 to 4 hours.  Stir a few times throughout to blend in the cranberry sauce as it melts.  Provide the cinnamon sticks and butter pats to garnish individual servings.  Keep the butter chilled, ready for guests to drop in their drink, just before enjoying.


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