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Monday, December 31, 2012
Non-Alcoholic Spiced Apple Punch
If the weather’s poor, or roadblocks beckon this New Year’s Eve, this hot punch is a delicious alternative to the usual boozy beverages. Ladling it from a large slow cooker will keep it warm in your punch glass.
Non-Alcoholic Spiced Apple Punch:
2 tsp. whole allspice 2 tsp. whole cloves Two 3-inch cinnamon sticks 2 oranges, unpeeled, thinly sliced 2 lemons, unpeeled, thinly sliced 8 qt. (8 L) apple juice (see Note) ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
Tie whole spices in small cheesecloth bag. Add to remaining ingredients, simmering 30 min. or longer, until desired favor is reached. Remove fruit and spices before serving. Float a few orange and lemon cartwheels on punch, as garnish.
Note: This recipe makes 128 oz. of punch. A standard punch cup holds 4 oz. Assuming guests return to the punch bowl three times, this is a sufficient quantity for approximately 10 people. The apple juice may be increased to 10 qt. without increasing the spices. This makes enough for 13 people.
Further Note: Also see my recipe for Non-Alcoholic Mulled Apple Juice, posted Dec. 9, 2011.