Christmas just isn’t Christmas at our house without a warm Cup of Cheer. It’s a old family tradition that goes back much farther than I can remember. We start making it right around Thanksgiving, and we continue to whip up batches and batches to last through the new year. It’s the perfect holiday-flavored drink to sip in the morning while reading the paper. Or as we like it best, warmed in a mug for a little afternoon break.
Put on a little holiday music, light a pine-scented candle and escape into Christmas land!
It’s super simple to make, too.
Just a few ingredients to start with: orange, grapefruit and apple juice (amounts at the bottom).
Pour them all together in a big mixing bowl.
Next, you’ll make the syrup.
Put sugar, water, cinnamon sticks and cloves in a small pot and bring to a boil. Turn down and let that simmer for 20 minutes. (You’ve just completed the “hard” part.)
Now, take the spices out, and pour the syrup into the juice mixture.
Done! Like I mentioned above, we prefer ours warmed up, but you can drink it cold, too. Pair it with some gingerbread cookies or biscotti, and you’re in holiday heaven!
Cup of Cheer Recipe
1 Cup sugar
1/2 Cup water
2 cinnamon sticks
Bring to a boil, then turn down and simmer for 20 minutes. Take out spices and add syrup to:
6 Cups grapefruit juice
3 Cups orange juice
4 Cups apple juice