A Recipe with a Punch


Purim 1993 – Preparing punch away from home (no large saucepan)

Once upon a time, at the work annual Purim party, and at other parties throughout the winter, it was clear to all that I was responsible for the punch.
It was a great responsibility, not to be taken lightly, because a good glass of punch with which to start off the evening, could change the course of the entire evening.
I presume there are those who remember the punch fondly, and maybe some who don’t (they probably drank too much of it :-)).
Since Hanukkah is knocking at the door, and even though it still seems like summer this year, I decided to air and publish my punch recipe.

The recipe
Prepare a large saucepan for the following:
2 750 ml bottles of sweet red wine (cheap wine will do the trick too)
Fill the 2 empty wine bottles with water and empty them into the saucepan too
1 cup sugar (200 gr)
6 oranges sliced, then each slice cut in 4
A lemon or 2 cut the same way
2 Apples – diced
3 tsp ground cinnamon
1.5 tsp ground ginger
10 cloves
Bring to the boil and then simmer for 10 min.

Use a ladle to pour liquid and some fruit into disposable paper cups and serve to whoever walks in the door (don’t ask – just serve)

* Can be prepared in advance and stored in glass jars
* Surprisingly it also tastes good when cold

The chances of anyone guessing correctly how much alcohol the punch contains (very little actually) are rather slim, so you can freely boast that “your” punch contains high quality vodka with a touch of brandy, or anything else that comes to mind – the truth will remain our little secret 😉



Purim 1993 – Beauty and the Beast


This post is also available in: Spanish Hebrew

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