4 cup water
1 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoon whole cloves
3 tablespoon whole allspice
2 sticks cinnamon
1/4 cup sliced candied or crystallized ging; er
6 cup apple cider
2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup lemon juice (1 lemon)
1 stick butter, cut into thin slices
16 cinnamon sticks, for serving
arm yourself with this fragrantly spiced, nonalcoholic beverage after a frosty night of caroling.
Mix the water and sugar in a large non aluminum saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the cloves, allspice, cinnamon and ginger. Let the mixture stand for 1 hour or longer. Strain into a bowl and return to the saucepan. Stir in the apple cider, orange juice and lemon juice. Serve in mugs with a slice of butter on top and a cinnamon stick.
Note: The punch may be prepared several hours ahead and reheated before serving, if desired.
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