As a table brightener, fix a bowl of festive fruity punchit's a refreshing beverage you can mix together in moments. "To dress it up even more, I add an ice ring filled with oranges, lemons and cranberries," relates Karen Ann Bland, a reader from Gove, Kansas.
My mother would brew a batch of this hot drink when any of us children were sick. One sip and we'd instantly feel better! Now I make it for my husband and daughter on dreary winter mornings or anytime they're feeling under the weather.
Cranberry juice gets a boost from fresh-tasting citrus juices and a hint of spice in this warm beverage from Patricia Kile. "It's an awesome alternative to coffee and tea at brunches," mentions the Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania cook.
We offer this fruity beverage to guests to add a festive touch to holiday gatherings. It pours up frothy, then separates into a dark pink base with a light foamy top. A slightly tart drink, it's wonderful with home-baked cookies.
"I love to start this soothing cider in the slow cooker on nights before my husband goes hunting," says Jennifer Naboka of North Plainfield, New Jersey. "Then he can fill his thermos and take it with him out into the cold. The cider has a terrific fruit flavor we both enjoy." —Jennifer Naboka, North Plainfield, New Jersey
For years, our family has relied on this homespun mix to make hot spiced tea and a heartwarming punch. My parents always served steaming mugs of this punch at Thanksgiving. It was everyone's favorite. —Deb McKinney, Cedar Falls, Iowa
With its rosy color, this beverage is perfect for any holiday gathering. Each delicious sip is sure to warm you up. Plus, it has a wonderful aroma that welcomes guests as they come through the door.
Lucile Cline, Wichita, Kansas
"This cool rose-colored tea quenches your thirst in the most delightful way," commented Debbie Terenzini-Wilkerson of Lusby, Maryland. "It's a pleasant blend of fruit and mint flavors. It's very easy to make, but more special than traditional iced tea."