S&C went tailgating over the weekend. Headed to State College, PA, to see friends JD and Bob, and see Penn State take on clobber Michigan. It was super-fun being in a college town, and one that is crazy about football. Tailgating is, of course, awesome. S&C really likes hanging out with friends during the day, eating, and drinking. Not to mention, the fall foliage was gorgeous up there.
To celebrate the festivities, we prepared an autumnal punch, recipe courtesy of Ms. RB, our friend out of Texas. This punch is very mellow, so it is definitely appropriate for an afternoon of drinking. If you’re planning a Halloween party, or attending some other fall-related shindig, serve this punch. It is a winner.
Autumn Spiced Punch
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 12 cinnamon sticks, broken
- 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
- 4 cups cold apple juice
- 1 12 oz can apricot nectar
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 2 bottles white wine, preferably Sauvignon Blanc
In a saucepan combine water, sugar, cinnamon sticks and cloves. Bring to boil, reduce heat. Cover and simmer 10 minutes. Cover and chill for 12-24 hours. Strain spices from syrup. Combine syrup with fruit juices. Pour into punch bowl (or plastic pitcher, if you’re tailgating) and add wine.
And, in case you’re interested, our tailgating menu included: chicken wings, pork barbeque, coleslaw, and baked beans. Perfect for the back of a pick-up truck.
After the game, we headed to The Tavern Restaurant, a town favorite, and famous for a drink called the “Original Sin.” The Original Sin recipe is top-secret, but apparently is 50% alcohol (including brandy), mixed with club soda, a secret fruity mixture (definitely includes maraschino in some form), and topped off with champagne. It reminds you of a spiked punch you may have had in high school. If you’re there, you have to try it.
Thanks for the great weekend State College friends! Reserve a tailgating spot for us next year – we’ll be there, ready to party Nittany Lions style.