Weihnachtspunsch - Traditional German Christmas Punch

"Delicious traditional Christmas Punch of tea, red wine, rum, fresh lemon & orange juice, and spices. Not only for Christmas, but whenever the weather is cold. Serve hot!"
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  • 4 cups strongly brewed black tea
  • 1 14 cups sugar, to taste
  • 4 lemons, juice of
  • 3 oranges, juice of
  • 8 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 (750 ml) bottles red wine (choose a full-bodied variety such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, or Merlot)
  • 1 cup golden rum
  • fresh lemon and orange slice, to garnish


  • In a large pot, combine the sugar and the freshly brewed (still hot) tea. Add the lemon juice, orange juice, cloves, and cinnamon stick; stir until the sugar dissolves.
  • Add the red wine. Heat and stir over medium-low heat until just below the boiling point.
  • Meanwhile, gently heat the rum in a small pot (do not boil). Once hot, add to the larger pot and mix together.
  • Remove cloves and cinnamon stick.
  • Ladle into mugs. Serve hot with a fresh lemon or orange slice.

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  1. Served for my New Years party, this was an excellent choice to make! I squeezed the juice from the lemon and oranges into the punch for added flavor, then added more slices. Delicious punch!


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