Dara, the Oak King’s Daughter, would like to share her recipe for her two favourite fall beverages.
1- packet of your choice of low calorie drink mix (I use Crystal Light) The flavour should produce an orange or red colored liquid to match the fall leaves.
1- one litre bottle of Club Soda or Ginger Ale
1- bag of black licorice pieces or black jujubes
At least twelve hours before you wish to serve the punch, full two ice cube trays with water and place a piece of licorice or a jujube in each compartment. Freeze.
Just before your guests are due to arrive (or you want to serve the punch- if that is later than guest arrival time)
Mix the powdered drink according to the directions and pour into punch bowl
Add the Club Soda or Ginger Ale – it should be chilled in the fridge for at least two hours before adding.
Remove one ice cube tray from the freezer and add the licorice ice cubes to float on top. You can throw some extra pieces of licorice or jujubes into the punch as well if you like.
Reserve the second tray of licorice ice cubes to replenish the ones that melt or to make another batch of punch when the first one has disappeared.
Voila! Dara’s Samhain Punch
Dara’s Hot Toddy
1- large can or bottle of apple juice (1 litre size)
Warm the apple juice. I use a sauce pan and stir gently to desired temperature.
Add a pinch of cloves- to your tastes- some will want to use more others may wish to omit this ingredient all together.
Add a ½ teaspoon of powdered cinnamon.
Stir until mixture is warm and spices are dissolved.
Pour into punch bowl, or I use a slow cooker on low so I can keep the drink warm. Float some cinnamon sticks on top and provide more in a pretty container so that your guests can stir their drink with them.
You may also cut up an apple into thin slices, dust with cinnamon powder and float on top as well.
You may add rum or whiskey to the mix if you wish an alcoholic beverage.