October 20th, 2009
I’m so excited to be participating in a virtual dinner party this evening hosted by none other than the fabulous Naptime Chef. Not only is The Naptime Chef a creative cook who makes mouthwatering meals during her daughter’s naptime (can you say SuperMom?!), but she also finds time to support (and get others involved in) great causes like the release of Park Avenue Potluck CELEBRATIONS, a cookbook created and authored by members of The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC).
I still hadn’t delivered our little bundle when asked to join in the fun, but I was close. Very close. Celebratory cocktails were on my mind, but I was still in “mocktail” mode. A punch that could be served virgin to kids and pregnant and breast feeding moms or spiked to the rest of us (and maybe ‘lil sips for preggy and breast feeding moms!) was the perfect choice. This Apple Cider Punch, a heavenly taste of the holidays, fits the bill perfectly.
I’m a huge fan of mulled wine, but have spent more than one holiday season laying off of the good stuff either because of pregnancy or breast feeding. Such a bummer… until now! Ebba’s Swedish Apple Cider Punch is the perfect substitute (or accompaniment) to mulled wine. As our holiday parties go from late-night, debaucherous affairs to kid- and preggy- friendly gatherings, this scrumptious drink allows you to make one big batch that can be served with or without alcohol. Either way, this sophisticated, cozy, and tasty drink gives a warm holiday “buzz” that makes you want to CELEBRATE! And, of course, goes beautifully with cocktail party apps. What more can a hostess want?!
Check out the rest of the wonderful recipes from Park Avenue Potluck CELEBRATIONS being served up this evening at The Napttime Chef. (And, while you’re at it, if you don’t already, be sure to start following @TheNaptimeChef on Twitter.)
Park Avenue Potluck CELEBRATIONS, to be released nationwide by Rizzoli this month, is a follow up to the best selling cookbook Park Avenue Potluck that offers advice on how to celebrate in style with a compliation of sensational recipes, entertaining ideas, party-planning tips and personal anecdotes from NYC’s most celebrated hostesses. Award-winning food writer and contributing NY Times columnish, Florence Fabricant authors and edits each recipe, as well as contributes to the book. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Park Avenue Potluck CELEBRATIONS will provide funding for The Society’s patient care, research and education programs at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, so be sure to grab a copy.
Ebba’s Swedish Apple Cider Punch
makes 12 servings
(can be served to children 12+ mos)
6 c fresh, non-alcoholic apple cider
2 c cranberry juice
1/2 c dark brown sugar
12 whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
2 oranges, thinly sliced
1 lemon, thinly sliced
1. Combine all of the ingredients except the oranges and lemon in a large pot over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and cook until the sugar dissolves. Strain, add the oranges and lemon, and serve warm.
Note: This recipe can be made using hard cider or can be spiked with applejack, Calvados or vodka. And remember, when using unpeeled citrus fruits in a recipe—even just the zest—be sure to wash the fruit first.