#cranberry love: Hot Spiced Cranberry Punch

Warm Spiced Cranberry PunchHot Spiced Cranberry Punch

Today marks the kick-off of a month’s long celebration devoted to all things cranberry~#cranberrylove.

For my first post, I originally thought I might addd to my meager list of bread recipes {one}, with a gluten-free fresh cranberry nut loaf, but, let’s just say it still in the experimental stage, so you’ll have to check back later this month for that one!

Instead, today I bring you a seriously soothing drink that’s 1 part nourishment, 1 part aromatherapy, and 1 part pure comfort, something many need right now in the aftermath of Sandy.

ThisHot Spiced Cranberry Punch is comforting to me, because it brings back childhood memories of visits to the Nostalgia Gift Shop in La Jolla with my mom and grandmother, during the November/December holiday season.

As my memory serves me, the Nostalgia gift shop was usually filled with lots of nic nacs {i.e. dust collectors}, but come November, it was transformed in to a magical holiday wonderland, all festive and sparkly, warm and comforting, and filled with delectable treats and this delicious hot spiced punch.

The Nostalgia gift shop has long been gone, but this punch remains in my memory, and hopefully, will offer you comfort and good cheer as we stumble in to this holiday season.

Hot Spiced Cranberry Punch

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: ~13 servings

Serving Size: 6 oz

Ingredients

  • 4 cups unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 4 cups pineapple juice
  • 2 cups orange juice {fresh squeezed is best!}
  • 5 tablespoons mulling spices
  • optional: 3 tablespoons brown sugar, or to taste

Instructions

  1. Pour all the juices in to a large pot, and add the mulling spices wrapped in cheesecloth.
  2. Bring liquid to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for at least 20 minutes, and up to 45 minutes.
  3. At this point, it is optional to add brown sugar if you want to sweeten it a little. Add in up to 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, one tablespoon at a time until desired level of sweetness is achieved.
  4. Enjoy the delicious spicy scent as you sip away...

Notes

The longer you simmer, the more concentrated the flavors become. At 45 minutes, the punch was deliciously spiced, but any longer and the juices will become too thick and syrupy.

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Of course I got all nostalgic while making this and started going through old family photos.

These are a couple of my favorites of SiSi and Big Tex from 7 years ago {wow!} right before we moved back to San Diego from our home in Falls Church Virginia so we could be closer to our family…

girl in fall leavesSiSi loving the autumn leaves…

boy holding leavesBig Tex loving the leaves too…

Happy November to all!  Be sure and come back later this month for a delicious gluten-free cranberry nut bread {fingers crossed!}.

In the mean time I offer up this Spicy Cranberry Squash Chutney {a perfect accompaniment for your Thanksgiving table} from last year, plus all of these yummy #cranberrylove recipes from my co-hosts:

November is #cranberrylove month. Please join in on the #cranberrylove fun by linking up any cranberry recipe from the month of November 2012. Don’t forget to link back to this post, so that your readers know to come stop by the #cranberrylove event! The twitter hashtag is #cranberrylove.


What is one of your favorite childhood holiday memories? Are you a fan of cranberries?  What food or recipe means comfort to you???

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Comments

  1. Pinning this NOW!! So excited to make this for our holiday party (and of course many times before then too) Look forward to seeing your cranberry bread later this month – I’m planning on using fresh cranberries as much as possible before their season ends.

  2. I love what you said about this punch: 1 part nourishment, 1 part aromatherapy, and 1 part pure comfort. So true! I’m glad you abandoned the bread idea as this looks seriously fab. I was thinking that if you did boil it down to a syrup (as you cautioned) that once cooled and bottled it would make a lovely cordial to dilute down with soda water. Two recipes for the price of one!

    • Great idea to make a syrup to mix with soda water Kellie! I love recipes that are “multitaskers” :-) If you make a big enough batch, you could leave this on your stove for a holiday party and have aromatherapy for all your guests!

  3. PS Forgot to say that the pics of SiSi and Big Tex are ADORABLE. But Big Tex ain’t so big! When did he get his nickname?

    • Ha! Well, those photos were taken 7 years ago, and Big Tex got his nickname a couple of years ago for the blog. “Tex” because he was the only one in our family born in Texas, and he is quite proud of that fact, and “Big” because I thought he would like that better than “Little Tex” :-)

  4. Oh how I love a good hot cranberry punch during the holidays and this one looks really nice. The pictures of your kids are adorable!

  5. What are mulling spices? It looks delicious!!

  6. What a great idea to make a wonderful hot drink out of all these great ingredients. Really hits the spot.

  7. Oh I love fall!! Those pictures of your kids are just adorable. I want to lay in the leaves too :)
    Cranberries are one of my favorite fall foods. IN fact, I look forward to the cranberries at Thanksgiving EVERY year, and love to have them as leftovers with yogurt. They are so full of nutrients and great taste.

    • LOL Gina…me too!! That’s the one thing I really miss about living back East {although we were only there for 1 1/2 years}, was autumn with the gorgeous fall leaves. My kids had hours of fun flopping around in them! Love your idea to serve the leftover Thanksgiving cranberries with yogurt~delicious!

  8. I make a mulled cranberry apple cider drink with cinnamon sticks and orange slices, during the holidays. It is a comforting drink and our guests always look forward to it. Soon it will be time to make it, but I must try yours. Sending lots of #cranberrylove.

  9. seriously, what is it about mulling spices, just makes cold weather (or any weather in your case) tolerable. Thanks for the reminder.
    I need to make a weekly menu, I am sort of glad your plan isn’t posted would’ve made me feel guilty.
    Hope you’re well EA.

  10. what a great event. Also, this punch looks like something I could use for the upcoming holiday party. I am so excited to check back for more cranberry recipes and hopefully be inspired to do some too :)

  11. This sounds excellent! The perfect winter drink to sip on!
    I love those pictures with the leaves. They are so precious. Crazy how time flies! :)

  12. This reminds me that I need to buy some more mulling spices–we used ours up last winter! I’ve never added it to cranberry juice, but now I’m going to have to. :)

  13. MMMM…I love the idea of this yummy drink for the upcoming cold weather. I do love anything cranberry!! Here in Massachusetts we have quite a few cranberry bogs near Cape Cod and the beach areas.

  14. Oh my gosh! How darling are your children! Time flies too quickly for sure. My son is 30 and daughter 27, yet I can still see their baby faces. I love the aromatherapy aspect of this. So soothing. We’ll need this drink during the coming crazy months.

  15. Adorable pictures – I love looking at old photos of my kids too, brings back such sweet memories. This punch sounds like the perfect beverage for tomorrow – it is going to be stormy again!

  16. Absolutely precious, they grow so fast. I love looking back too but it saddens me a bit too, I want to go back and hug that precious little bug again!!
    Anyway… Cranberry love. LOVE IT! I don’t do nearly enough with cranberries this time of year. I bet this cider is like autumn all warmed up in a cup!
    Great post Spicy!!

  17. I just grabbed my first bag of cranberries at the store the other day, time to get started with the cranberry love!

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