Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Spiced Hot Grape Punch - Grow Your Own #11

Winter is just around the corner here and I have been fixing this hot punch for friends and family in our small group that meets once a week. It is a non-alcoholic beverage, the aroma fills the air, and you can enjoy it slowly, as it is served hot. In the Summer, you can serve it cold.

This is my entry for Grow Your Own event and you can participate too! This event is about homegrown products, so if you have a garden why not celebrate the bounty of the season with a unique dish prepared with foods that you grow?

My spiced hot grape punch is made with fresh ginger from my mom and dad's garden.

3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups water
2 tablespoons honey
Rind of 2 oranges
Rind of 1 lime
2 oz (50 to 60 g) sliced fresh ginger
4 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
2 apples, cored, peeled and chopped
4 cups (1 liter) unsweetened red grape juice

1) In a large sauce pan over medium combine sugar and 1/2 cup water. Bring to a boil to dissolve sugar.

2) Add honey, sliced ginger, cinnamon stick, cloves, lime and orange rinds. Simmer 4 minutes. Remove rinds.

3) Add 1 cup water and simmer 5 minutes. Then add the chopped apples, the grape juice and bring to a boil again for 10 minutes. Serve hot.


Andrea said...

Oh this looks beautiful! We enjoy spicing beverages in the winter time. We haven't tried growing ginger, but I think I need to give it a go. Thanks for sharing this tasty recipe with Grow Your Own!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

That looks great! I love spiced drinks in winter!

Nunnie's Attic said...

I can't even begin to imagine how good it must smell in your house when you're cooking up a batch of this punch. Sounds delicious!


Natashya said...

Mmmm.. It reminds me of mulled wine, minus the alcohol of course. What a great drink for the whole family.

Shreya said...

Amazing recipe...home grown ginger looks lovely..

Sandra said...

Now THAT has to smell wonderful. I love ginger :)


Shreya said...

Hi Cris, thanks for the comment on the Teasle Gourd recipe. Regarding the bread on the banana leaf in the image on top of my blog, it is a type of Indian flatbread, wafer, or cracker. It is called Papadum, OR

The one you see in the picture is made from lentil, and the recipe can be viewed here:,

On all festivals, a feast is prepared and papadum is a main item on the menu. All the dishes are served on a plantain leaf, and the feast is eaten by sitting cross legged on the floor.

I hope the info is useful.

TBC said...

I like the fact that it can be served either hot or cold. And it's non-alcoholic too... perfect for me.:D