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Countdown #7 Cranberry and Spiced Rum Punch

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 25 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Inactive: 1 hr
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 10 servings
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1 orange, zested

2 Mexican cinnamon sticks

5 whole cloves

3 tablespoons finely chopped peeled ginger

1/3 cup water

1/3 cup sugar

1 (25 1/4-ounce) bottle sparkling cider (about 3 1/4 cups), chilled

4 cups cranberry juice cocktail, chilled

1 (1-liter) bottle club soda

1 cup dark rum


  1. Bring the orange zest, cinnamon sticks, cloves, ginger, water, and sugar to a boil in a small heavy saucepan, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Reduce the heat and then simmer, covered, 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let steep, uncovered, for 1 hour.
  2. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl, discarding the solids.
  3. Combine the remaining ingredients with the spiced syrup in a punch bowl and stir. Add ice before serving.