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Hot Punch

January 23, 2014
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Laura’s Blog Entry

Oh look! More snow!

Seriously. We’ve already had tons this winter. And we haven’t even reached the horror that is late February.

But I am trying to keep my spirits up. What keeps up spirits better than something sweet? Sunday evening I made an old family favorite, hot punch. It’s a blend of tea, sugar, lemon and orange juice. It is super amazing on a cold day. I like to think that the fruit juice provides at least a little nutrition, but this is definitely a rare treat, due to all the sugar. I have reduced the sweetener, but it still packs a punch. (Punch, get it?)

This is a half recipe because the original makes way more than our family can drink. Or should drink.

Hot Punch

Juice of 1 and  a ½ large lemons
Juice of 1 large orange
3 tea bags – plain black tea – (but I used plain Rooibos)
2 cups boiling water
½ cup + 2 T sugar
1 quart water
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Brew tea in 2 cups of boiling water. Steep for 5 minutes. A pyrex measuring cup works well for this. Add sugar to tea and mix to start to dissolve.

Put a large saucepan on the stove, ready to assemble the punch.

Squeeze the fruit juices. I like to strain out the pulp before adding to the pot. Add in the tea and sugar mixture. Add the additional quart of water and vanilla.

Heat punch until warmed through. Stir to make sure sugar is all dissolved. It’s ready to serve in your favorite mug!

This is really delicious if you have a sore throat!

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