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Spiced Rum and Tea Punch

Spiced Rum and Tea Punch

This German Spiced Rum and Tea Punch, called Grossmutters Punsch (Grandmother's Punch), is usually enjoyed warm at midnight on Christmas Eve. You can also serve this as a refreshing chilled drink. For a festive touch, add a cinnamon stick to each glass.

Ingredients

2-1/4 cups water
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup packed golden brown sugar
2 tablespoons chopped peeled fresh ginger
16 whole cloves
16 whole allspice
1 vanilla bean, chopped
1 tea bah
1 bottle dry red wine
1/4 cup dark rum
Crushed ice (if serving punch chilled)

Directions

Combine water, honey, sugar, ginger, cloves, allspice and vanilla bean in heavy large saucepan. Bring mixture to boil over medium-high heat, stirring until honey and sugar dissolves. Boil 5 minutes.

Remove from heat. Add tea bag; let steep 5 minutes. Strain syrup into bowl. Add wine and rum.

If serving cold, refrigerate until chilled. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)

If serving cold, fill 6 glasses with crushed ice. Ladle punch into glasses. If serving hot, bring to simmer in medium saucepan. Pour punch into cups.

Nutrition Information

Recipe makes 6 servings.

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