Dear Mississippi Moms,
On these cold Mississippi days and nights, a pot of this tasty fruit punch simmering on your stove will permeate your entire house with a delightful fragrance. My husband Bill and I have some in the refrigerator right now!
I’ve been making this recipe every Winter since college days when Mrs. Dayton Egger in Columbus showed me her gracious hospitality and gave me her recipe. Your children will enjoy helping you stir together the ingredients:
Nana’s Hot Fruit Punch
Combine: 3 quarts water; 1 large can orange juice ( 46 oz.); 2 small cans pineapple juice (12 oz.); 1 cup sugar (more or less to your taste) ; juice of 3 lemons; 2 cinnamon sticks. Squeeze one fresh orange into the punch. And cut another orange into slices and float on top. Stir ingredients together. Heat until very hot. Then simmer and serve hot.
Keeps well in refrigerator and can be reheated in microwave, one cup at the time. Enjoy!
Note from Nana: From the first printing of the recipe in the original The Caughman Cookbook: A Gathering of Recipes from Five Generations of the S. M. Caughman Family, (1981 ), p. 17. For years, I’ve used TWO cinnamon sticks and less sugar!