Orange and Cider Winter Punch
To really start the party, add 1½ cups chilled cinnamon-flavored whiskey or spiced rum to the mix.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 (64-ounce) bottle apple cider
1 (12-ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate
1 liter ginger ale, chilled
1 orange, sliced
1. In a small saucepan, combine sugar, cinnamon, allspice and 1 cup cider; bring to a low simmer, stirring until the sugar is dissolved (about 2 minutes). Remove from heat; stir in orange juice concentrate.
2. Transfer to a pitcher. Stir in remaining cider; refrigerate until cold (about 2 hours).
3. To serve, transfer cider to a punch bowl; top with ginger ale. Garnish with orange slices and large ice block*, if desired.
*Make a Festive Ice Block: Boil 2 quarts water; allow to cool to room temperature. Fill a large, circular storage container (plastic) about 3⁄4 of the way full with the boiled water. Add apple slices, orange slices, rosemary sprigs or other festive edible decor; cover. Chill until frozen solid (about 8 hours). Gently lower ice into the punch; serve.
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