Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $36,774 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Catholic Recipe: Sylvester Punch

    INGREDIENTS

  • Red burgundy (count one bottle for six people)
  • Equal amount of hot tea
  • 12 cloves
  • rind of 1 lemon
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar to each bottle of wine
  • 2 cinnamon sticks to each bottle of wine
  • Details

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Difficulty: • •
  • Cost: $$$$
  • For Ages: 15+
  • Origin: Austria

This New Year's Eve punch is a tradition in Austria, where the last day of the year is dedicated to the Holy Pope, St. Sylvester. He baptized Constantine the Great, thereby bringing about the dawning not only of the New Year but of a new era; for this reason, the night before the New Year is called Sylvesterabend (Eve of St. Sylvester). The Sylvesterabend celebrations are similar to American New Year's Eve parties.

DIRECTIONS

Pour the liquid into an enamel pot, add the cloves, the thinly pared rind of 1 lemon, the sugar, and the cinnamon. Heat over a low flame but do not allow to boil. At the last moment add the tea. Serve hot.

Recipe Source: Around the Year with the Trapp Family by Maria Augusta Trapp, Pantheon Books Inc., New York, New York, 1955
Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The Church Moves On, Slowly 15 hours ago
Is Cardinal Kasper losing his grip? 19 hours ago
The Pope is not the problem October 23
Do not confuse sacramental discipline and Catholic doctrine. October 23
Ignatius Press into the Breach: Trumping the Kasper Proposal October 22

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6