|Noiret Grapes in our vineyard covered with snow|
With the holiday
parties and cold weather activities taking charge, one might be looking for an
easy party punch that smells yummy while brewing yet tasty like warm
cider. Well, here’s one simple recipe to test drive this holiday season. We already whipped up this 'Better Homes and
Gardens' punch on Thanksgiving Day in our own test kitchen. You guessed it - this punch was a
What made it
a tad more special was using wine produced from our own vines. But any dry white
should do for this warm, sweet concoction. This
Hot Scarlet Wine Punch comes straight from a book laden with great decorating
ideas, ‘Better Homes and Gardens – Celebrate the Season 2014’. This recipe is a
definite must-try if you love to hit the easy button. Isn't that the idea during the busy holiday season?
bottle cranberry juice (4 cups)
packed brown sugar
1 750 –milliliter
bottle white Zinfandel or dry white wine
What you do:
Three easy steps:
1) For spice
bag, cut a double thickness of 100-percent-cotton cheesecloth into a 6-inch
square. Place cinnamon and cloves in the center of the cloth. Bring the corners together and tie closed with
clean kitchen string. In a 3 ½ or 4-quart slow cooker, combine spice bag,
cranberry juice, and brown sugar.
2) Cover and
heat on low-heat setting for 3 to 4 hours or on high-heat setting for 1 to 1 ½ hours. Remove and
discard the spice bag.
and discard the spice bag. If using low-heat setting, turn slow cooker to
high-heat setting. Stir wine into the punch. Cover and heat for 30 minutes
more. Serve immediately or keep warm, covered, on low –heat setting up to 2
hours. Ladle punch into heatproof cups. If desired, garnish with cranberries on
skewers. Makes 14 (4-ounce) servings.
When it comes to making holiday cheer easy, this Hot Scarlet Wine Punch should do the trick.
|Grapes ripening in our vineyard|
Taking a skip past the recipe and grapevine talk, here's an image shared yesterday on our FB page. It's a Ben
perspective regarding #GivingTuesday. So when you hit those rough spots of light deprivation, keep looking for the positive. Tune into nature and surround yourself with what you love.
|Harvesting the grapes |
And for those that love a daily quote, it's the words of M. Scott Peck that resonate how to celebrate and make the most of the holiday moment. "Share our similarities, celebrate our differences." Until the next post, the next thought, the next photo...look here for garden, design and inspiration overall. The blog train should keep chugging through the winter months.
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