Black Magic Punch / Cinnamon Poached Apples- Sept/Oct 2018

Black Magic Punch

This bewitching brew is wickedly tasty!

1- 750ml. Zinfandel 2 cups- dark fruit juice

¼ cup brandy 1/3 cup elderflower liqueur

1 cup blackberries 1 cup sliced black grapes

2 sliced plums

Mix all ingredients in a large pitcher. Chill 1 to 2 hours. Pour into glasses and garnish with blackberries and orange twist.  Serves 8 to 10.



Featured Recipe

Cinnamon Poached Apples

Simmer sweet fall fruits with warm, fragrant spices for a simply elegant dessert.

4 medium apples 4 cups apple juice

½ cup bourbon ½ cup honey

½ cup sugar 1 broken stick of cinnamon

1 vanilla bean (3-inch piece), halved plus seeds scraped

Core and peel apples and cut them in half. In a large saucepan, combine juice, bourbon, honey, sugar, cinnamon stick and vanilla bean and seeds. Bring to a boil and stir to dissolve the sugar. Add the apples and reduce heat so the liquid gently simmers. Place the lid of a smaller pan on top of apples to keep them submerged. Simmer about 8 to 10 minutes, until apples are tender. Remove with a slotted spoon.  To make a sauce for serving, bring 2 cups of poaching liquid to boil and cook until reduced by half, about 6 to 8 minutes. Cool.

Serve apples warm or at room temperature with caramel or vanilla ice cream, reserved sauce and nuts. Refrigerate any leftovers. Serves 4.