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Apple cider, cherry juice, orange juice, and warm winter spices like cinnamon, cloves, and star anise make this the best warm Christmas Kinderpunsch recipe!
Last year I attended my first ever European Christmas Markets. We went to markets in Reims, France; Budapest, Hungary; Bratislava, Slovakia; Vienna, Austria; and Prague, Czechia. Being a non-drinker my favorite hot beverages to get at Christmas markets are hot apple cider and Kinderpunsch!
I didn’t taste Kinderpunsch until last winter, but once I did I fell in love with the stuff! It’s a nice departure from cider, and I love the sweet flavor that the cherry juice gives it. Kinder Punch is nicely spiced with cinnamon, cloves, and star anise, but the surprise ingredient that just sets this hot beverage apart is the herbal hibiscus tea, YUM!
As soon as I got back from my trip I made it for my family and everyone LOVED it! It’s something different besides the traditional hot chocolate or hot apple cider that’s usually served at Christmas time! My kids especially loved the sweet and tart cherry juice in the Kinderpunsch.
Cook’s Note – Kinder Punch:
- You can keep this punch on warm in your slow cooker for up to 24 hours. At hour 12, the punch may become a bit too concentrated. I sometimes add a cup of water around this time.
- If you can’t find cherry juice, then try pomegranate juice.
- I like to keep the whole cloves in a stainless steel tea diffuser so they don’t end up in my cup.
Cook’s Tools – Kinderpunsch – Non-Alcoholic Warm Christmas Punch:
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- 2 cups apple cider
- 2 cups cherry juice
- 2 cups orange juice
- 2 cups water
- 10 whole cloves
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 2 whole star anise
- 4 bags herbal hibiscus tea caffeine-free
- granulated sugar to taste
- cinnamon sticks
- orange slices
- star anise
- Pour in the apple cider, cherry juice, orange juice, and water into a large slow cooker.
- Add the cloves, cinnamon sticks, and star anise. Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 hours or LOW for 6 hours.
- Add the tea bags, draping the strings over the side of the slow cooker. Cover and let the tea bags steep for 15 minutes before removing them. Taste the Kinderpunsch and add sugar to taste (I suggest starting with 1 tablespoon at a time).
- Keep the slow cooker on WARM until ready to serve. Ladle Kinderpunsch into heat-resistant mugs and garnish with cinnamon sticks, orange slices or star anise (all optional).