Hot, cold punch good for holiday refreshments

Here are a couple of punches that fit the bill for the holidays. One is hot and one is cold and they are both delicious.

Traditional Apple Cider

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

2 tsp. allspice

2 tsp. cloves

1/4 tsp. salt

5 sticks cinnamon

4 qts. apple cider

Let cider simmer for 10 minutes. Add brown sugar, salt and spices. Simmer another 5 minutes

Before serving, strain through cheesecloth and sprinkle with nutmeg.

Holiday Punch

1 qt. apple juice

1 qt. cranberry juice cocktail

1/2 cup lemon juice

pineapple chunks

Mix juices and chill. Pour into punch bowl and garnish wth canned drained pineapple chunks.

Send recipes or comments to Judge Esther Barger, 211 N. Temple, Diboll, TX 75941 or email to ebarger@angelina
county.net.