Hot Drink Ideas for New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day

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Here are some drink ideas to enjoy on New Year’s Eve or a delicious start to the New Year tomorrow.

Old Swedish Glogg

1/2 cup dark raisins
2 prunes
2 cinnamon sticks
7 cardamom seeds
2 cloves
Peel of 1 orange
1 cup water
2 bottles (1 fifth each) tawny port
1-1/2 cups brandy
1 cup rum
1/4 cup sugar

Heat raisins, prunes, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, orange peel, and water in a large saucepan to boiling.  Reduce heat; simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.  Combine port, brandy, rum, and sugar; pour into fruit mixture.  Heat to boiling.  Pour into punch bowl; ignite; let burn for 15 seconds.  Serve in punch cups.  Makes 18 servings, 4 ounces each.

Hot Butter-Spiced Brandy

1 quart apple cider
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 cups brandy
4 teaspoons butter
8 cinnamon sticks

Heat cider, lemon juice, honey, and pumpkin pie spice in medium saucepan to boiling.  Pour 1/4 cup of the brandy into each of 8 mugs; add about 1/2 cup of the cider mixture into each mug.  Top each with 1/2 teaspoon of the butter; garnish each with a cinnamon stick.  Makes 8 servings, about 7 ounces each.

Tahitian Coconut

1 cup milk
1 cup Cream of Coconut
4 cups hot strong coffee

Heat milk and cream of coconut in medium size saucepan just to boiling.  Stir in coffee.  Serve in mugs.  Makes 6 servings, about 8 ounces each.

Orange Liqueur Tea

3 orange-spice tea bags
4-1/2 cups boiling water
3/4 cup orange-flavored liqueur
6 lemon wedges
18 cloves

Steep tea bags in boiling water for 5 minutes; remove and discard tea bags.  Stir in liqueur.  Serve in mugs, garnishing each with a lemon wedge pierced with 3 cloves.  Makes 6 servings, about 7 ounces each.

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