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Cookin' With Leo

By Leocthasme

For The New Year Celebration
And All The Cold Weather That Follows

OK, Iím still on a drink kick, letís face it itís that time of the year for such things,.and itís time to gather round with friends and neighbors and enjoy the New Year. So, letís have a holly, jolly time and break out the spirits. Well the New Year is the time to celebrate and enjoy the new things coming our way. Every New Year is a time for New Things. Kick out the old and ring in the new. So while we enjoy doing our thing letís enjoy some spirit help.. You friends, neighbors and\ guests will enjoy these cold weather uplifts and rate you high on their best cat in the neighborhood list. And that should last till May or June when you fill up the pool in your back yard and at least the guy next door catches you out back cleaning up the BBQ Pit. Have fun til then.

Red-Hot Apple Cider

    Combine 2/3 cup red cinnamon candies and 8 cups apple cider; stir occasionally to melt candy. When ready to serve, mix in 1 cup brandy and add thin apple slices.

Mulled Red Wine

    Mix two 750-ml bottles dry red wine such as zinfandel, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 5 whole cloves, 4 cinnamon sticks, 4 allspice berries, and 4 peppercorns. Serve with fresh-cut orange slices.

Winter Tea

    Mix 2 1/2 cups water, 2 cups orange juice, 1 1/4 cups cranberry juice, 5 star anise, and 1/2 cup brown sugar. When hot, add 6 cranaple tea bags, steep 8 minutes, and remove bags. Add 1 3/4 cups spiced rum.

Sugarplum Kiss

    Combine 3 3/4 cups peach nectar, 1 3/4 cups prune juice, 2 1/2 cups sweet white wine, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 6 cinnamon sticks, 5 whole cloves, and 5 cardamom pods. Serve in sugar-rimmed glasses.

Enjoy It All Till The Birds Start Singiní Again, Whenever!

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