The aromatic scent of cinnamon automatically brings to my mind the winter holidays-Christmas especially. A tangy punch is great to have on hand for any carolers in the neighborhood, or for cozy gatherings of friends and family. This recipe is non alcoholic so that multi generations can enjoy it.
An adult version can be created by adding a spike of two of Grand Marnier or Cognac.
Cinnamon & Citrus Holiday Punch
2 1/ 4 cups fresh orange juice
Strips of zest from 2 navel oranges
Three 3-inch-long cinnamon sticks, broken into pieces
3 cups fresh orange juice
2 cups fresh red grapefruit juice
1 tablespoon grenadine syrup
2 1/2 cups cold grapefruit soda (20 ounces)
Orange slices and ground cinnamon, for garnish
In a saucepan, boil the orange juice, zest and cinnamon sticks over moderately high heat until reduced to 1 cup, about 8 minutes. Strain and let cool.
In a large glass pitcher, combine the orange reduction with the orange and grapefruit juices and the grenadine. Stir well and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour. Just before serving, pour in the grapefruit soda. Dust the orange slices with cinnamon and serve in the punch.