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Spiced Grape Drink

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Servings: 8
Categories: Non-Alcoholic Beverages

    0.50 c Sugar
    1.00 c ;Water
    2.00 Cinnamon sticks
    1.00 tb Whole allspice
    10.00 Whole cloves
    2.00 qt Grape juice; chilled*
    1.00 Lemon; cut in 8 slices

*My note: Preferably homemade Concord grape juice. It's not _that_ hard to make. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, water and spices. Heat to a low simmer. Steep 20 to 30 minutes over a very low heat. Strain and chill spiced syrup. Combine chilled juice and syrup, stirring well. Serve in tall glasses over ice with a slice of lemon. Note: Spiced syrup can be made in larger quantities and kept refrigerated until needed. Stuart writes: "This drink originated at a Shaker village in Ohio. Prepared with homemade Concord grape juice - rich, sweet, and slightly thicker than store-bought juice - the original drink must have given the Shakers a taste of heaven on earth. But even with store-bought juice, the drink is delicious. Every day at the Creamery Restaurant tall glass pitchers of spiced grape drink are set out on the long tables where visitors sit and eat together Shaker style." From Jeffrey Paige, chef at Canterbury Shaker Village/Canterbury, NH in Virginia Stuart's "Great New England Cooks: Jeffrey Paige" article in "Yankee" magazine. June 1992, Vol. 56, No. 5. Pg. 108. Typed for you by Cathy Harned. Submitted By CATHY HARNED On 12-03-94 (1437)

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