Holiday Punch

A delicious drink, wonderfully spiced. Serve warm or chilled, spiked with rum or not.


4 cups water


14 whole cloves

4 cinnamon sticks

4 (1/2-inch) slices fresh ginger

8 cups apple cider

3 cups orange juice

1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice (about 8 large lemons)

rum optional

orange and lemon slices for garnish

Honey Tips

Honey Is Magic

In the days before biology and botany were understood, people thought it was a special kind of magic that turned flower nectar into honey.


In a large saucepan combine the first 5 ingredients. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Boil for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let syrup cool for 1 hour.
Strain the syrup into a large punch bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients, except the rum and fresh fruit slices. At this point you can refrigerate the punch until ready to serve – up to 2 days.
When ready to serve, carefully reheat or serve chilled. Add rum if desired and garnish with fresh lemon and orange slices.
Serves: 8-10