A Warm Holiday Beverage!

For the Holiday Home Tour, we created a drink recipe for Hot Cranberry Punch with Sage & Peppercorns. This warm drink is perfect for sipping on those cold late fall and winter days when your wool coat just isn’t keeping you toasty enough, and the addition of sage and black peppercorns lend an elegance to the flavor that makes it an ideal candidate for seasonal or holiday festivities. We really enjoyed putting this drink together and we hope you enjoy it, too!

Hot Cranberry Punch with Sage & Peppercorns

Serves 4 to 8

2 teaspoons black peppercorns
3 cups frozen or fresh cranberries
½ cup honey
1 bottle dry Riesling, divided
¼ cup fresh sage leaves
1 cup Benedictine liqueur

Place peppercorns in a medium saucepan. Stir over medium heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add cranberries, honey, and 1½ cups Riesling and simmer over medium heat until thick and syrupy and some of the liquid has evaporated, about 7 minutes.

Smash cranberries with a fork. Add the remaining wine and sage, and simmer for about 5 minutes. Strain the mixture, smashing the cranberries once more, and then discard solids. At this point, the strained mixture can be covered and refrigerated for up to 3 days.

To serve, add the Benedictine liqueur and warm over low heat until steaming. Serve in warm cups.