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citrus punch, winter beverages

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. — Don’t let the cold weather blues get you down. Whether you’re gathering with friends or staying close to home with family, The Auburn Cookbook has several delicious recipes for beverages that are sure to spice up any gathering.

No occasion is necessary to make a party punch. Try these punch recipes with friends and family.

Winter-time Beverages

Coffee Punch

  • 1 ½ pints vanilla ice cream
  • 4 cups hot coffee
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg

Directions. Pour coffee over ice cream and beat with a beater until the ice cream is partially melted. Pour into cups and sprinkle with nutmeg.

Russian Tea

  • Four oranges
  • Three lemons
  • Three individual tea bags
  • 1 gallon boiling water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • One cinnamon stick

Directions. Wash and thinly slice oranges and lemons into a large container; cover them with sugar and set aside for an hour or more. Place tea bags in another large container. Pour boiling water over tea bags. Cover and let tea steep for 3 minutes. Remove tea bags and pour tea over fruit. Add cloves and cinnamon. Let simmer for 2 hours. Serve hot.

Spiced Tea

  • 1 teaspoon whole allspice
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • Six individual tea bags
  • One cinnamon stick
  • 6 cups boiling water
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water

Directions. Tie allspice, cloves and cinnamon stick loosely in double thickness of cheesecloth. Drop into 6 cups of boiling water. Add tea bags and steep for 3 minutes. Remove tea bags and spice bag. Add orange and lemon juices. Combine sugar with 1 cup of water. Bring back to a boil and cook 5 minutes. Sweeten tea to taste with sugar water.

Citrus Fruit Punch

  • 2, 46-ounce cans unsweetened orange juice
  • 1, 46-ounce can unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 1, 12-ounce can apricot nectar
  • 3 quarts ginger ale

Directions. Chill all ingredients. Then mix orange and pineapple juices and apricot nectar. Add chilled ginger ale just before serving.

More Information

For more recipes, visit Alabama Extension’s website and check out Live Well Alabama’s recipes. There are also many recipe options for punches, teas and slushes or milkshakes in The Auburn Cookbook.

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