Xalapa Party Punch

What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? Palatable Possibilities: Xalapa Party Punch! Before you read further, I want you to know this is an adult beverage and not intended for those under the age of 21. It does contain alcohol, so drink responsibly. Big-batch cocktails, or party punch, are nice to have on hand for last minute gatherings or friends who drop by unannounced. I keep a pitcher in the refrigerator for just that reason. If you do the same, choose a container that has an airtight lid. There’s nothing worse than sipping on an icy cold cocktail that smells like garlic or grilled leftovers. With the subtle fruity notes of apple, orange, cherry, and apricot, Xalapa Party Punch will get everyone talking. Carry On.

XALAPA PARTY PUNCH

Ingredients:

1 cup hot black tea

1/2 cup Tupelo honey

1 orange rind, grated

2 cups dark rum

2 cups apple brandy

2 cups dry red wine

Orange rind, grated

Crushed Ice

Instructions:

In a saucepan over low heat, combine hot black tea, Tupelo honey, and grated orange rind. Heat for 5 minutes. Stir occasionally. Remove from heat; set aside to cool. Add dark rum, apple brandy, and dry red wine. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Pour into glasses filled with crushed ice. Garnish with fresh basil or mint.

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