Punch – Hot Spiced Cranberry

This is the best variation of a hot cider recipe that I have.  It smells wonderful on the stove and can be made in an electric pot or a large slow cooker but makes enough that it works best in a large pot on the stove. It is a perfect festive drink in the winter. If people don’t mind the odd clove at the bottom of their mug, then don’t bother straining it before serving. The longer the spices sit the stronger the drink will be. Serve in a mug or a heat resistant punch cup.

Ingredients:

1 litre cranberry cocktail
1 litre apple cider (or juice)
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 cinnamon sticks, broken
1 tsp whole cloves
1 lemon, thinly sliced

Method:

Combine all ingredients in large saucepan. Simmer 15-20 minutes.Strain. Return to pot to keep warm. Float fresh lemon slices on top, if desired.

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