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Winter Cold Punch

We’re so romantic. Valentine’s Day found us sniffing and snorting, and coughing great big (highly unattractive) coughs. We did manage a great Valentine’s Dinner at a nearby restaurant. As we dined, we saw at least four young couples with tiny babies enjoying a romantic, candlelit dinner – it warmed our hearts. But we skipped date night, watched a movie and this morning I fixed up some hot punch to give us a psychological boost.

This is very much the same as the Christmas Rum Punch, but no rum, and lighter on the spices. It is full of vitamin C, goes down easy, and permeated even the stuffiest nose with the sweet smells of cinnamon and clove.

1 jar Cranberry Juice (Can be Cran-Rasberry, or Cran Grape, or what the Sultan Center has!)
1 quart/litre Pineapple Juice (Sultan Center has FRESH pineapple juice!)
1/4 cup brown sugar
12 inches cinnamon stick (4 sticks of the small Ceylon cinnamon sticks)
1 Tablespoons whole cloves
1 orange peel

Bring to a simmer, and quickly scoop out the cinnamon and clove pieces, or it will get too spicy. When cool, if there is any left, pour back into empty cranberry juice jar, refrigerate until the next time, and microwave until hot. It’s the combination of heat and Vitamin C that knocks out the cold/flu going around, and even better, it smells yummy.

February 16, 2007 - Posted by | Cooking, Cross Cultural, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Health Issues, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Marriage, Recipes, Relationships


  1. Which movie did you watch? đŸ™‚

    Comment by Elijah | February 17, 2007 | Reply

  2. Elijah, we watched a Julia Roberts movie called Closer. It is DARK. Jude Law and a couple others about two couples, infidelity, honesty, lies . . . it was not a comfortable feel-good kind of film, and it was about as homely as a beauty like Julia Roberts could be portrayed.

    My favorites: The Usual Suspects, Moon over Parador, Gone with the Wind, Paradise Road, Steel Magnolias, Shawshank Redemption, Enemy Mine and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. I can’t watch a lot of movies more than once, but these I can watch from time to time (and I own them). Watch less often, but enjoy: Hotel Rwanda, Les Choristes, Khandahar and all the Walt Disney movies.

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 17, 2007 | Reply

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