Thursday, December 19, 2013

Celebrating With A Festive Apricot-Ginger Punch



Christmas is ante portas and I'm enjoying every minute of Advent.
Vienna is beautifully decorated and when the evening falls, the city's festive illumination creates sheer magic.
After a little family council we decided to limit presents this year to a small, symbolic amount for everybody.
Each one can choose freely if he or she wants to use this allowance for a charity donation or a small personal gift.
No pressure to consume, everything is about imagination and creativity to pick the right present or charity organization.
And surprisingly enough, everybody was fascinated by the idea.
It was incredible how awesome people reacted when we told them about the concept. What about you?
Would you be shocked, disappointed or thrilled?
We will spend Christmas at the country side, hopefully with tons of snow, family coming over from different parts of the world and , of course, singing Christmas carols.
As their is no future Luciano Pavarotti in the family, enthusiasm will have to make up for the lack of angel-like voices :)

Delicious hot drinks are part of every Holiday celebration and our is no exception.
So why not brighten up the spirit with a not so common, delicately flavored  punch?
With just a few ingredients you can achieve the wonderful, sweet scented flavor of this crowd pleasing, festive punch.
If you want to create an even richer treat, top each glass with a bit of whipped cream.
I know, I know it's sinful for the calories, but sooo good :)
Don't you think this is a time of the year where we should relax a bit about dieting?
I'm not talking about devouring - just relaxing and enjoying the seasons culinary pleasures.

Snow house and Christmas tree hand made of chocolate and marzipan at display at a pastry shop show window

A variety of traditional Austrian Christmas cookies we prepare every year at our home 


Cheesy appetizers served for the drinks 

For the Apricot - Ginger Punch

You need:
1/2 bottle white wine
1/4 l of sweetened apricot juice
2 Cinamon sticks
1 spoonful of cloves
1 thin slice of  freshly peeled ginger
75 ml of apricot liqueur
1/2 spoonful of whipped cream (optional)

Method:
Bring the white wine and the Apricot juice to a boil, then reduce the heat and let simmer for about 10 minutes.
Add the ginger slice during the last 5 minutes.Then dispose.
Add the Apricot liqueur and fill the mixture in punch glasses.
Top with whipped cream and serve immediately.


Enjoy!
Serves about 4 glasses.
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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year full of joy to all and each one of you, dear friends!

I'll be back at the first week of the next year with new culinary
 adventures.    
                       
  



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75 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas and a Happy New year!
    The drink looks gorgeous and so does the rest of the treats!

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    1. Hi Asmita,
      A Merry Christmas and a Happy New year to you and your loved ones!

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  2. What a great idea for a punch. Might have to try this out!

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    1. Thank you so much Ashley, hope you will try it out, I'm sure you won't regret it!

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  3. A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS & FABULOUS NEW YEAR!!! our friend...have a wonderful holiday....all those beautiful artisan homemade cookies look so cute and the pic with ginger punch and pine cut apricot jammy cookies....delectable and magical...thanks :-)

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    1. Hi my dear friends,
      wishing the both of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
      Let's toast to this and for an exciting new blogger year as well, with new culinary delights, new friends and lots of success :)

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  4. Love the flavor combo of this punch. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you so much Anne, happy to hear that you enjoyed the post!
      Cheers.

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  5. This looks lovely...the flavors sound really good. Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thank you so much!
      Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!

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  6. The punch looks delightful and the cookies are absolutely gorgeous, Daniela! Merry Christmas!!!!

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  7. Love all the festive treats, my goodness!

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    1. Hi Natalie,
      Happy to hear that you liked the treats:)
      Merry Christmas!

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  8. What a nice punch! Terrific flavoring. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year's!

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    1. Hi John,
      Merry Christmas to you and Mrs.K.R. and a wonderful New Year!

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  9. Your whole post is festive! Merry Christmas!

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  10. Everything looks so great and what a perfect way to start with this original cocktail. Apricot is a great idea and whip cream the more the better!

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    1. Thanks so much , dear friend !
      Merry Christmas!!

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  11. Merry Christmas to you, Daniela! I can't think of a more Christmassy spot than where you are. Enjoy your family and I believe that is the greatest present of all! (I got that from a Hallmark movie....Just kidding!)

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  12. Hi Abbe,
    Thank you so much!
    You made me :) ) with your comment, so sweet.
    Merry Christmas!!

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  13. Merry Christmas, Daniela! Your punch sounds absolutely delicious for the holidays.

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    1. Thank you so much, Susan!
      Merry Christmas to you as well, my friend!

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  14. Coincidentally I just watched an episode of No Reservations (an american travel/food show) about Vienna and I was quite interested by all the punsch seen on the show. Then here it comes your wonderful apricot ginger punch! Needless to say this is something i'll try very shortly. Thanks for sharing and wish you happy Holidays.
    BTW, thank you for stopping by my blog so I could find yours :)

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    1. Hi Yi,
      what a coincidence, the world is getting smaller by the minute!
      Glad to hear that you enjoyed the post. I'll be visiting your delightful blog again very soon!

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  15. The punch looks very warming and tasty! Perfect for the season.
    Happy Holidays!
    Angie

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    1. Hi Angie,
      Merry Christmas to you and have wonderful Holidays!

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  16. Hi Daniela, your apricot ginger punch is sure a delight for this festive season. It's refreshing too!!! Here's wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and may this festival bring abundant joy and happiness in your life!

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    1. Hi Ivy,thank you so much for your warm season's greetings.
      Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones as well, have a wonderful time in this special season!

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  17. A soothing punch and lovely cookies. Wonderful!

    Happy Holidays, dear.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    1. Thank you so much, my dear friend!
      Merry Christmas and have wonderful Hoildays!!

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  18. Happy holidays to you! Love this little ginger apricot hot toddy... Cheers!

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    1. Thank you, Bam!
      Merry Christmas to you and Happy Holidays!

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  19. This punch is so pretty and festive! I LOVE all of your cookies, too - they look wonderful! Merry Christmas!!

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    1. Thank you, Amy !
      Merry Christmas to you as well and Happy Holidays!

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  20. A Very Merry Christmas Daniela, and to your family and loved ones, too!
    Mike

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    1. Thank you so much Mike!
      A Merry Christmas to you and your lobend ones as well, have a wonderful Holiday Season!

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  21. Diciembre es sin duda el mes para comer, claro que en nuestro caso no resulta tan cómodo porque ya es verano, así que nohay forma de ocultar esos kilos extra que una se empuja cada diciembre. Pero que rico...!!!
    Que tengas una feliz Navidad y que el 2014 su hogar esté lleno de bendiciones.

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    1. Muchos Gracias Rosita.
      Igualmente par tiy tu familia una Muy Feliz Navidad y muchas alegrías y bendiciones para el
      Nuevo Año!
      En cuanto a dulces y galletas estoy en pánico , pues en pocas semanas regresamos al Perú y tengo que bajar estos dulces recuerdos en forma de kilitos :)

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  22. Your apricot ginger punch sounds delicious - and those cookies look great too! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas - it sounds like the setting is perfect.

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    1. Thanks so much, Beth!
      You are right, can't complain about the setting!
      Merry Christmas to you !

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  23. We've also pared down our gift exchanges with family members, it was getting to the point that we gave gifts just for the sake of giving gifts, it means so much more when there's much thought put into it.
    Love the apricot and spices used in the drink, and the cookies look so festive!
    May you and your family be truly blessed this Christmas Daniela.

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    1. Hi Kari,
      for us it was rewarding experience too to cut down on amounts and concentrate on creativity:)
      Have a truly Merry and blessed Christmas for you and your loved ones!

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  24. Hi Daniela, that's a lovely punch. Those cookies are very cute and addictive. Wish I can have some right now. :)

    Merry Christmas to you and all at home. With lots of love and hugs to you.
    Warm greetings from Malaysia.

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    1. Hi Amelia,
      Would love to invite you these cookies :)
      Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones, have a wonderful time!
      A big hug from Austria to you.

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    2. Hi Amelia,
      Would love to invite you these cookies :)
      Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones, have a wonderful time!
      A big hug from Austria to you.

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  25. Oh Daniela, what a lovely punch, I can only imagine the flavor of it...this sure this punch is perfect for the season.
    Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year my dear :D

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    1. Hi Juliana,
      Thanks so much, so glad to hear you enjoyed the Punch.
      A Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones and lots of Joy and Hapiness for the New Year !

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  26. I hope you and your family have a lovely Christmas together. We spent two wonderful Christmases in Austria surrounded by snow that I will always remember. Your punch sounds like a delicious addition to the celebrations.

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    1. Hi Karen,
      So nice to hear that you enjoyed Christmas in Austria!
      A Merry Christmas and a wonderful Holiday season to you and your loved ones from Vienna!

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  27. Yummy punch! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! :) ela

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    1. Hi Ela,
      Thank you so much for your kind wishes.
      A Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones from Vienna!

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  28. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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    1. Hi Julia,
      A Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones as well!
      Have a wonderful Hoilday season!

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  29. Oh, I wish I could be in Vienna during Christmas- the city sounds lovely! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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    1. Merry Cristmas and a Happy New Year to you and your loved ones as well, Fran!

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  30. Apricot and ginger does sound Christmassy. Wishing you a great year end!

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    1. Thank you o much!
      All the best or the New year for you and your family!

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  31. May your life be colorful magnificent,shimmering and Joyful, As the magic of Christmas spreads on you Merry Christmas.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind wishes!
      A Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones and may the New Year bring you lots of joy and blessings!

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  32. what a nice n refreshing drinks!!!
    pretty damn good photographed too.....
    Happy New Year then!

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    1. Thanks and Happy New year to you and all at home!

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  33. This apricot-ginger punch sounds delightful!! I love ginger in my drinks.

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    1. Thank you so much Joanne and Happy New Year to you!

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  34. What an incredible cookie spread---love the sweet/spicy pack this drink delivers---a VERY Happy New Year to you and yours, my friend!!!

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  35. Hi Angie,
    happy to hear that you liked the recipe.
    Thank you so much my friend for your kind wishes and a Happy New year to you as we'll !

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  36. Happy New Year Daniela! That was an amazing spread and the apricot ginger punch is perfect for me, whichever time of the year.

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    1. Thank you so much, Sonali!
      Cheers and all the best and a Happy New Year to you and all at home!

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  37. I heard Vienna is one of the most beautiful places to be at Christmas. It's such a beautiful idea to donate for charities, there are so many in need of help. Hope you've had a great start to the year :)

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    1. Hi Gintare,
      yes, we really enjoyed the Christmas atmosphere in Vienna, it's unique.
      A Happy New Year to you and your family as well, my friend!

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  38. Although the festivities are now over I will be more than happy to tray out this fruity punch. I do love the combination apricot/ginger!

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    1. Hi Daniela,
      so true, it's a treat for all seasons:)
      All the best for the New Year and good luck with the moving and the new start!

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  39. This looks so lovely! So festive too :)

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