A refreshing blend of white wine, sparkling wine (or mineral water) and wild woodruff, festively garnished with colorful fruit and sprigs of woodruff herb.
- 12 sprigs young sweet woodruff
- 1-1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 bottle Mosel wine or Saar-Ruwer wine or other similar German dry white wine
- 1 cup brandy
- 3 bottles Mosel or Saar-Ruwer wine or other similar German dry white wines
- 1 quart carbonated water or German sparkling wine
Place the woodruff, powdered sugar, wine and brandy in a bowl.
Cover the mixture for 30 minutes, no longer. Remove the sweet woodruff. Stir contents of bowl thoroughly and pour over a block of ice in a punch bowl.
Add the 3 bottles of Mosel or Saar-Ruwer wine or other similar German dry white wines, along with 1 quart of carbonated water or German sparkling wine.
Decorate the punch with thinly sliced oranges, sticks of pineapple and, most appropriately, sprigs of sweet woodruff.
Recipe adapted from Joy of Cooking by Rombacher and Becker