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Hot Spiced Cheer

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner
Yield 22 cups (serving size: 1 cup)
If you don't have cheesecloth, remove tea leaves from an ordinary tea bag, fill the empty bag with cloves and ginger, and tie it securely with the tea bag string: let the cinnamon sticks float separately while simmering. Serve in decorative punch bowl alongside a small pitcher of rum marked with a label or card. You may want to have an extra sachet and more of the cider mixture handy in case you have thirsty guests.

Ingredients

  • 10 whole cloves
  • 4 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
  • 4 pieces crystallized ginger, chopped
  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 4 cups pineapple juice
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • White rum (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 133
  • caloriesfromfat 1 %
  • fat 0.2 g
  • satfat 0.0 g
  • monofat 0.0 g
  • polyfat 0.1 g
  • protein 0.4 g
  • carbohydrate 33 g
  • fiber 0.5 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.8 mg
  • sodium 33 mg
  • calcium 23 mg

How to Make It

  1. Place first 3 ingredients on a double layer of cheesecloth. Gather edges of cheesecloth together; tie securely.

  2. Combine cheesecloth bag, cider, and next 5 ingredients (cider through salt) in a large stockpot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes. Discard cheesecloth bag. Serve with rum, if desired.