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Mulled Cider

1 quart fresh cider

1 large cinnamon stick

1 lemon, zested

Sprinkle clove powder

3 grates fresh nutmeg

Combine all ingredients in saucepan. Bring to simmer. Strain and serve.

Mulled Wine

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4 ounces port or brandy

12 whole cloves

4 cinnamon sticks

1 large orange, zested Serving suggestion: Garnish with cinnamon sticks or freshly ground nutmeg

Combine ingredients in a large pot and bring to a simmer. Do not allow mixture to boil. Heat for 20 minutes and serve in a large, heat resistant punch bowl.

Champagne Punch

1 can (20-ounce) crushed pineapple in heavy syrup

1 cup fresh lemon juice

1 cup maraschino cherry juice

1 cup dark rum

1/2 cup brandy

1 bottle (750 ml) chilled inexpensive brut Champagne

In a large punch bowl or pitcher, stir pineapple, lemon juice, cherry juice, rum, and brandy to blend. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Add Champagne just before serving.

White Chocolate Hot Cocoa

4 ounces white chocolate, chopped

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

14 ounces milk

2 ounces cream

3 pieces star anise

Place the chopped chocolate and vanilla in a mixing bowl. In a saucepan heat together milk, cream and star anise until boiling. Pour over chocolate and whisk well to melt. Strain into mugs to remove star anise.

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Oh god Harley, those drinks won't do my diet any good but i just have to try the White Chocolate Hot Cocoa drink!

 
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I love hot chocolate and thought about giving this a try too, although I would skip the star anise, I really don't like anything with licorice flavor to it (YUCK). One of my aunts made star anise candy for Christmas one year, you don't know how hard it was for me to be polite and eat a piece
 
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Peppermint Hot Chocolate

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

1 1/2 cups milk

1/4 cup sugar

1/8 teaspoon salt

6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

3 drops peppermint oil

Sweetened whipped cream, for garnish

Chocolate shavings, for garnish

In a saucepan, combine the cream, milk, sugar, and salt and heat over medium-low heat. When the cream mixture just begins to steam, add the chopped chocolate, and stir, until melted. Stir in the peppermint oil. Divide the hot chocolate among mugs and top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.



 
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Originally Posted by Harleymom10860 One of my aunts made star anise candy for Christmas one year, you don't know how hard it was for me to be polite and eat a piece
LMAO! Don't you just hate those moments!
 
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Originally Posted by laura127 LMAO! Don't you just hate those moments! Oh yeah, I'm sure I made a lovely face after trying a piece of it, it looked like the red candy on a candy apple so I just popped a piece in my mouth thinking thats what it was....yuuuuuuuuck, it had this awful licorice taste, it was all I could do not to spit it out, but I was polite

 
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My hubby makes an awesome Mulled Cider in the crockpot, for large groups, or when we have a family thing or church event! I'd love to try this recipe for just the two of us!


 
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If you prefer a punch that is less sweet, just add additional sparkling water to taste.



1 (11.5-ounce) can frozen pineapple-orange juice concentrate, thawed and undiluted

1 (6-ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed and undiluted

1 (12-ounce) can or 1 1/2 cups ginger ale, chilled

1 (750-milliliter) bottle Champagne or sparkling white grape juice, chilled

2 cups bottled sparkling water, chilled

Stir together concentrates in punch bowl. Add remaining ingredients, stirring gently. Serve immediately.

 
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