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November 23, 2010

The holiday season has arrived, and it is time to celebrate with friends and family: to reflect on another year past and anticipate the new year approaching.  It also means having a little more indulgence at the table, staying for one more drink, and letting that belt out another inch afterwards. 

Here is a good little punch to help out with your celebration.  It is very versatile in that it can be served hot or cold, spiked or virgin, and is fairly light on the tummy so you can have that third helping of turkey.


  • 1/2 gallon cranberry juice
  • Apple cider (1 cup if serving warm or 1/2  bottle sparking if serving cold)
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 1 orange cut into wheels

 HOT METHOD: Put all ingredients in a saucepan and heat on medium high, bring to a soft boil then reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes.  Transfer (carefully) to a crock pot and set on low.

COLD METHOD: Heat ingredients as in the hot method but leave out the sparking cider.  After simmering, place put in a container a refrigerate.  Just before serving add the sparking cider, and a large ice mold

THis a great for the kids and can be spiked with rum, brandy, bourbon,  even tequila.  Personally I like a combination of bourbon and a touch of Southern Comfort in mine.

Oh, and don’t forget to decorate the ice mold with oranges, cranberries, apple slices, cloves and or cinnamon sticks)  It’ll look really cool and everyone will think you’re Sandra Lee (or not).

Have a great Thanksgiving Weekend!

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