Holiday “Hot Punch”

hot punch

Soon I’m kind of in love with this recipe. Our Nanny/ everything in life (Claudia!) taught me how to make this delicious holiday cocktail and I feel like it is just too good not to share. Claudia said that all her favorite holidays usually include this punch and that it’s great because everyone in the family can enjoy it…


But how can everyone, including the kids, enjoy a holiday cocktail? Well, the poison is only added at the end and only in to each person’s individual glass…so the kiddos can sip of the delicious warm broth right along next to the adults.

Here’s how ya make it…

First, you make a pineapple/peppercorn/star anise broth…boil the pineapple rind, water and spices for 30 – 45 minutes and then strain out everything, reserving the broth. You are extracting so much flavor!!

pineapple broth

Then we move over to our slow cooker and it’s just easy sailing from here! Add one red apple and one green apple…


Add the chopped pineapple…


I had a plum so I added it…also 1c. cubed coconut. Don’t skip the coconut! This adds a really wonderful depth of flavor.

plums and coconut

Last I added 1 c. of golden raisins and a small bag of mixed dried fruits.

dried fruits

Pour the pineapple/peppercorn broth in to the slow cooker…I also added a cinnamon stick!

pineapple broth

Let that baby do it’s thing! 5-6 hours on high.

Pretty soon you will be dishing up some delicious “Hot Punch” to set that holiday off right…I suggest topping with tequila, but rum or bourbon work too!

hot punch

Doesn’t get much easier than that!

Holiday “Hot Punch”
1 pineapple, peeled and cubed
1 T. black peppercorns
1 star anise pod
3 c. water
1 red apple
1 green apple
1 plum
1 c. cubed coconut
1 c. golden raisins
1 small bag (1-2 c.) mixed dried fruit
1 cinnamon stick
In a large stock pot, boil pineapple rinds, peppercorns and star anise for 30-45 mins with 3 c. water. Strain. In a slow cooker combine, add all the remaining fruit and pineapple broth. Cook for 6 hours on high heat. Serve in individual glasses or mugs and top with alcohol or choice.

serve it up