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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Mulled Cranberry and Cider Punch



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This is a simple, but festive, holiday sipper for those occasions when you want to provide a non-alcoholic alternative for children and guests who are teetotalers. It is really simple to make, and while it was first prepared for a large gathering, you can reduce the quantity of ingredients and serve it for a family holiday brunch. This is best prepared several hours before serving. While it can be poured immediately, time gives the ingredients a chance to blend and mellow, and greatly improves the flavor of the finished punch when it is warmed. You can add spices to taste, but be careful to limit the amount of cloves you use. They can add a bitter taste and will spoil the punch if you use them too freely. I think those of you who try this will enjoy it. It would be a perfect drink to serve at a tree trimming party. The recipe appears below. Before I close, I wanted to thank the very special folks who are responsible for the photo blog, Knapkins. They have created a beautiful site and taken away the need for participating blogs to submit photos for publication. They do the hard work and free us to concentrate on our own blogs and recipe creation. It's like having a second pair of hands to help with the work. I really hope you pay them a visit and see how tastefully they do what they do. You can visit their site, here.

Mulled Cranberry and Cider Punch...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:
3 cups apple cider
6 cups cranberry juice
3 cups orange juice
3/4 cup pure maple syrup
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons confectioners' sugar
Optional: red food coloring

Directions:
Several hours before serving, combine all ingredients in a large heavy pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for several minutes. Remove from heat and allow to sit at room temperature for several hours. Reheat before serving. Yield: 20 to 24 servings.








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30 comments :

Ginny said...

This is really beautiful, and I love the idea of that skewer stirrer!

Kalpana Sareesh said...

Merry Christmas n this is awesome one..

Alicia said...

This looks wonderful! I would love to serve something like this when family starts getting together for Christmas Eve. I usually serve Cosmos for the adults and this would be something nice for the younger kids and those that will be driving. Looks super simple to make! Thanks Mary! And thanks for sharing the link to Knapkins...I'm on recipe overload...lol

Cloudia said...

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Vicki Bensinger said...

Yum, this sounds terrific! Great ingredients. This has to be delicious!

Hovkonditorn said...

I would love to taste this, sounds really delicious!

Diana F. Wong said...

Hi Mary.

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I think your photos are wonderful.

diana

kitchen flavours said...

This looks wonderful! I know that I would definitely love it! Have a lovely day, Mary!

Clint said...

This would be great for the kiddies and such. I bet it smells good. But us men will be holding court in the drawing room with adult beverages. Cheers!

Pegasuslegend said...

perfect for the night before christmas instead of hot cocoa!

Kim said...

Really perfect this drink!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Very festive looking! And, perfect for those who can't (or won't) enjoy a little libation. blessings ~ tanna

Lauren @ hey, who cut the cheese? said...

Such a festive looking punch! It sounds delicious, too. A wonderful alternative for your guests who choose not to drink alcohol.

Claudia said...

I was just looking at my punch bowl - questioning if I really needed it anymore. And your post told me the answer. Yes, I do. So pretty. So delicious.

bellini said...

I love Napkins Mary. This puch would be very welcome during the holidays.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I like this idea very much - a nice twist on the traditional mulled cider. Hope you're enjoying the holiday festivities!

Rachana said...

This looks so beautiful. Loved that stirrer :-)

Gloria said...

This look absolutely beauty Mary:)

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

Looks perfect.

Merry Christmas, Mary.

Fondly,
Glenda

That Girl said...

I love that cranberry stick!

Angie's Recipes said...

The punch looks so festive and beautiful!

Eileen said...

Sounds wonderful. It looks so festive, too.

Joanne said...

The head of my MD/PhD program makes us mulled wine every year at our holiday party...but maybe I can put in a request for this!

Alessandra said...

I could do this! Here in NZ it is not easy to find cranberries, but there is plenty of cranberry juice!!!!


Ciao
Alessandra

Priya said...

Punch looks stunning and catchy..

France@beyondthepeel said...

Yup I bet that doesn't suck! Sounds great and festive!

A Spoonful of Yumm said...

the color is so festive & lovely...

Jenn said...

What a gorgeous little sipper.. definitely the perfect little treat during the holidays!

Stephanie said...

This looks so festive! This would be great to serve at Christmas. I'm a big fan of all those flavors together. I can almost smell it from here ;)

Lora said...

This looks perfectly festive and wonderful. The photo styling is so beautiful as well.

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