Creole Champagne Punch

Ingredients
1 lb. sugar
1 pt. lemon juice
1 qt. white wine
1 qt. champagne
2 qts. club soda
2 oz. curacao
1/2 fresh pineapple, or 1/2 can Dole pineapple chunks packed in own juice

Preparation:
Chill all ingredients (except sugar) for several hours. Into a large punch bowl, pour lemon juice and sugar. Mix well. Then add remaining ingredients, saving the champagne until last. I also add an ice ring: Arrange maraschino cherries (1 small bottle reserving the juice), fresh strawberries, if in season, remaining 1/2 can of pineapple chunks and fresh mint attractively in ring mold. Add juices from cherries and pineapple and enough water to fill ring. Freeze overnight.

Choco-Banana Shake

Ingredients
1/2 med. banana
1/2 low fat milk
1 1/2 tsp. chocolate syrup
1/2 tsp. vanilla
4 ice cubes

Preparation:
Blend all except ice cubes on high until blended. Add ice cubes one at a time.

Russian Tea

Ingredients
4 tsp. instant tea
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. orange peel–For 1 cup dry mix:–16 tbsp. tea or 1 c.
1 1/2 tsp. cloves
6 tsp. cinnamon
6 tsp. orange peel

Preparation:
Measure 1 teaspoon. Add 1 cup boiling water. Let stand for 1 minute. Strain. Add sweetener. Low calorie. Makes 12 cups.

Sorrell Liqueur

Ingredients
1 lb. sorrel
2 lb. sugar
4 grains clove
1 or 2 sticks cinnamon
3 pt. Water

Preparation:
Wash and clean sorrel removing seeds. Place ingredients in saucepan and bring to a boil for about 1/2 hour. Add 3 to 4 oz. rum. Serve with crushed ice

Anise Liqueur

Ingredients
1 lemon
3 c. granulated sugar
2 c. water
1 1/3 c. vodka
1 1/4 c. basic sugar syrup, (No. 1,2,3)
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. anise extract
Yellow food coloring

Preparation:
Pare very finely the bright-colored rind from the lemon (no white). Blot peel on paper toweling to remove any excess oil. Combine sugar, water and peel in a large saucepan, heat to boiling, stirring often. Lower heat, simmer for 5 minutes. Strain syrup into a glass container. Cool to room temperature before preparing liqueurs. Combine vodka, sugar, syrup, vanilla and anise extract in a 4 cup screw-top jar. Stir in just enough yellow food coloring to tint liquid a pale yellow. Close jar. Store in a cool, dark place for at least 1 week to age. Yield: about 1 1/4 pints.

Kahlua Liqueur

Ingredients
2 c. water
1 1/2 c. granulated sugar
1 1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1/3 c. instant coffee crystals
1 fifth “good brand” vodka
2 tsp. Vanilla

Preparation:
In a saucepan, combine water and sugar. Simmer gently, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in coffee crystals; cool. Pour mixture into 2 quart screw top glass jars. Stir in vodka and vanilla; cover with lid. Let stand at room temperature for 2 weeks. Makes 5 1/2 cups of excellent Kahlua.