May Punch

Maibowle May Punch
Maibowle
A refreshing blend of white wine, sparkling wine (or mineral water) and wild woodruff, festively garnished with colorful fruit and sprigs of woodruff herb.
Course Beverages

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Presentation:

  • 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

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