1 bottle (48 oz., 6 cups) cranberry juice cocktail
1/2 cup raisins
4 to 6 cinnamon sticks (about 3 in.)
2 bottles (750 ml.) fruity dry red wine such as Gamay Beaujolais, or 6 cups apple juice and 2 to 4 tablespoons lemon juice, to taste
1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
About 3/4 cup orange-flavor liqueur such as Cointreau or triple sec (optional)
How to Make It
Sort cranberries, discarding bruised and decayed fruit. Rinse berries and put in a 5- to 6-quart pan; add cranberry juice cocktail, raisins, and cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil over high heat; cover and simmer on low heat to blend flavors, about 20 minutes.
Add wine and 1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar, to taste. Heat until steaming, 5 to 8 minutes; do not boil.
Add almond extract and orange liqueur; keep punch warm over lowest heat and ladle into cups or stemmed glasses.
For a nonalcoholic punch, replace red wine with apple juice and omit liqueur.
Big Hit -- BIG ! I loved it myself. Warm on a very cold night. Plenty for a crowd of 10 to have seconds. It's absolutely delicious. This is my new go to for holiday parties. All the flavors go so well together. Don't leave anything out ! I started mine on the stove top and then moved to a crock pot to keep warm for the night.