When gathering to celebrate the end of 2011, our drink of choice is the Holiday Hottie Toddy from VN contributor John Schlimm. This mug of simmered cranberry juice with seasonal spices and a splash of rum is the perfect way to ring in 2012. From all of us at VegNews, Happy New Year!
Makes 12 servings
What You Need:
1 48-ounce bottle or 6 cups cranberry juice
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, reserve peel
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups filtered water
12 strips lemon peel, 1-inch long, plus more for garnish
2 cinnamon sticks, broken into 4-inch pieces
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1 teaspoon dried allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/3 cup bourbon or white rum
What You Do:
1. In a large saucepan, combine cranberry juice, lemon juice, sugar, and water.
2. In the center of two 6-inch squares of cotton cheesecloth, place lemon peel strips, cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice, and nutmeg. With cotton string, tie cheesecloths tightly into spice bags.
3. In a medium saucepan, add spice bags and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and discard spice bags. Add bourbon or rum.
4. Transfer to heatproof pitcher, or simply ladle beverage directly from saucepan into serving cups. Garnish with a lemon peel strip in each cup.
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