We spiked this punch with dark rum, but it's equally nice with bourbon. Or omit the bourbon altogether for an alcohol-free version of this warming beverage.
2 quarts apple cider
1 quart cranberry juice cocktail
1/2 cup honey
18 whole allspice
8 whole cloves
4 (4-inch) cinnamon sticks
1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
3 (1-inch-wide) strips orange rind
3 (1-inch-wide) strips lemon rind
1 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons dark rum
How to Make It
Combine cider, cranberry juice, and honey in a 6-quart electric slow cooker. Place allspice, cloves, and cinnamon sticks on a double layer of cheesecloth. Gather edges of cheesecloth together; tie securely, and place in slow cooker. Add vanilla bean and citrus rinds; cover and cook on LOW 5 hours.
Remove sachet, vanilla bean, and citrus rinds from slow cooker; discard. Pour in rum, and reduce temperature to WARM. Cover; serve directly from slow cooker.
Every year, our neighborhood has a holiday get together and almost every year someone makes a hot beverage that hardly gets touched. I made this recipe for the party this year, and people couldn't get enough of it! We actually ran out! I made it on the stovetop since our crockpot was being used for something else. It made the house smell wonderful all day! Decided to keep it non alcoholic so everyone could drink it, but many added bourbon and thought it was awesome! Will definitely keep this recipe and use again and again!
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