HOLIDAY SPICED CIDER

haliday-punchThis punch can be served nonalcoholic

Or makes a great base for your favorite Rum, Brandy or Whisky

  • 1/2 gallon apple cider or apple juice (8 cups)
  • 1/2 cup cinnamon honey, wildflower honey, orange blossom honey, or desired honey
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 6 inches stick cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped, peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon whole allspice
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 bay leaf, optional

  1. In a 4-quart Dutch oven, combine cider and honey. Add orange slices. For spice bag, place cinnamon, fresh ginger, allspice, cloves, and bay leaf, if you like, in the center of a double-thick, 8- to 10-inch square of 100-percent-cotton cheesecloth. Tie closed with a clean string. Add spice bag to the saucepan with cider mixture. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Remove orange slices and spice bag; discard. If you like, strain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve*. Use in the following party drinks. Makes about 8 cups base.