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.
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)
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.
Recipe makes 6 servings.
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