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Summertime Watermelon Punch for a Crowd

I attended a patio party years ago where the hostess had a clever watermelon “bowl” with a scalloped edge and filled with this punch. It was the hit of the party, and she was kind enough to share the delicious punch recipe with me. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas

Spiced Apple Cider Jelly Shots

These spiced, spiked gelatin squares are sure to get the party started at fall get-togethers. If you’re going for the...


Mulled Pomegranate Sipper

1 review

This warm and festive drink fills the entire house with the wonderful aroma of spices and simmering fruit juices. Kids...


Hot Cranberry Cider

2 reviews

Adding colorful appeal to a wintertime meal is a easy—just turn to this tasty cider. The cranberry juice gives it...


Hot Apple Cider

7 reviews

In this recipe, brown sugar and spices add extra flavor to already delicious apple cider. —Marlys Benning, Wellsburg, Iowa

Citrus Wassail

I found this healthy wassail recipe in a cookbook. My daughter first prepared it to go with our day-after-Thanksgiving leftovers...


Hot Spiced Punch

My favorite punches, hot or cold, are the ones made with pineapple juice. Its flavor definitely comes through. This punch...

Rosemary Lemonade

3 reviews

A friend suggested I add a sprig of rosemary to lemonade. The herb makes the drink taste fresh and light,...


Hot Spiced Cherry Cider

3 reviews

This slow cooker cider is so nice to sip after being out in the cold. —Marlene Wiczek, Little Falls, Minnesota


Mom’s Tangerine Iced Tea

1 review

Simple syrup gives a smooth finish to this sweet tea with a citrus twist. It's so refreshing on a hot...


Apricot-Apple Cider

2 reviews

Dried apricots give this comforting cider a marvelous twist. Add cranberries, cinnamon, allspice and cloves for the perfect hot drink...

Crowd-Pleasing Cocoa

You'll warm many hearts with this rich, satisfying cocoa. It's the perfect beverage to serve after an ice-skating outing or...


Cocoa for a Crowd

Cocoa for a Crowd comes from Pat Monson of Stewartville, Minnesota. "On a winter day, this cocoa really hits the...


Warm Spiced Citrus Punch

I serve this drink every year during the holidays. It’s one of my most requested recipes. It can be doubled...


Citrus Cranberry Tea

1 review

Field editor Pat Habiger of Spearvile, Kansas stirs up holiday spirit with this hot brew that's full of tangy fruit...


Cranberry Tea

This colorful tea with its sweet spicy flavor is a great winter warmer-upper. The aroma is sure to bring guests...

Russian Tea Mix

4 reviews

—Mary Ann Kosmas, Minneapolis, Minnesota


Spiced Tea

1 review

Simply by simmering together spices, tea and fruit juices, Janice Connelley of Mountain City, Nevada created a concoction that gives...


Special Hot Chocolate Treats

Dropping a whipped cream-filled chocolate cup into hot chocolate makes for an extra-special beverage. I make the chocolate cups ahead,...


Apple Citrus Cider

Patricia Aurand of Findlay, Ohio shares her warm, comforting cider with a twist of pineapple and citrus that's just perfect...


Citrus Spiced Tea

Ripe with citrusy tang, this easy-to-fix hot tea from Mrs. J.D. McCollum, of Memphis, Tennessee can be whipped up for...


Mulled Cranberry Cider

Whipping up this tasty beverage for a gathering—large or small—is simple. All you have to do is combine the ingredients,...


Hot Cranberry Tea

Cinnamon-infused cranberries combine with orange and lemon juices for a not-too-sweet beverage. The crimson color is perfect for the holiday...


Highbush Cranberry Tea

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Hot Cranberry Citrus Drink

4 reviews

This lovely rosy drink, with its appealing fresh fruit flavor, is not too sweet or too tart. I sometimes serve...


Spicy Cranberry Drink

Red-hot candies add a little spice to this rosy beverage that's perfect for holiday buffets or winter potlucks. Serve it...


Dutch Hot Chocolate

2 reviews

When my grandchildren come over, they like to snack on cookies and mugs of this hot chocolate. It has a...


Sunny Orange Lemonade

11 reviews

Here's a beverage that'll really hit the spot. Filled with tangy goodness, it quenches your thirst any time of year....


Cider Wassail

8 reviews

This traditional wassail recipe came from a dear friend in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where we lived for many years. Since...


Spiced Green Tea

2 reviews

"It's fun to cozy up to the campfire with a mug of this tangy tea," says Sandra McKenzie, Braham, Minnesota....