I was introduced to a variation of this on my mission, at a ward Christmas party in Vienna. But it’s in both Germany and Austria. Then I bought Winterzeit tea and brought it back to America to make this at home. We made it every Christmas morning for a few years after my mission while the tea bags lasted, enjoying drinking out of fancy tea cups and a tea pot I bought at a second hand shop in Bayreuth, and eating Lebkuchen or Stollen with it.
And like most drinks, this one is also naturally gluten free.
A nice, hot punch with the flavors of Christmas.
- 1 bottle Cherry Juice (or a juice with cherry in its title)
- 2 Cinnamon Sticks
- 2 Cloves
- 1 Lemon (Juice and Peel)
- 1 Orange (Juice and Peel)
- 3 Bags Christmas/Wintertime Tea
Place cherry juice, cinnamon sticks, and cloves in pot on medium heat. Cut peel from lemon and orange into pot (avoid white part or punch will be bitter). Squeeze juice from lemon and orange into the pot. When juice is boiling, place tea bags (tied together) in juice, making sure that strings hang over side of pot. Boil on medium for about 10 minutes. Then remove bags and squeeze out the liquid into punch. Pour punch through strainer into pitcher (to catch cloves, etc.) and serve hot.