Spiced Hard Cider Punch

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 50 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Inactive: 2 hr 15 min
  • Cook: 25 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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Ingredients

1 cup hot water

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup finely chopped fresh ginger

7 whole cloves

1 stick cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

1 quart hard cider

1/2 cup applejack

1/2 cup brandy

8 slices Gala, Braeburn, or Red Delicious apple

1 cup hot water

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup finely chopped fresh ginger

7 whole cloves

1 stick cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

1 quart hard cider

1/2 cup applejack

1/2 cup brandy

8 slices Gala, Braeburn, or Red Delicious apple

Directions

  1. Place the hot water in a small stainless steel saucepan and add the sugar, ginger, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg to the pan. Bring to a boil, place a lid over the saucepan and reduce to a simmer. Continue to simmer until the flavors have married, about 20 minutes. Remove from the heat, strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a non-reactive bowl and allow to cool. Once cool, add the cider, applejack and brandy to the bowl. Stir to mix well and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, and up to 5 days. Serve in a small punch bowl with an ice mold, if desired, and garnish each glass with an apple slice.
  1. Place the hot water in a small stainless steel saucepan and add the sugar, ginger, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg to the pan. Bring to a boil, place a lid over the saucepan and reduce to a simmer. Continue to simmer until the flavors have married, about 20 minutes. Remove from the heat, strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a non-reactive bowl and allow to cool. Once cool, add the cider, applejack and brandy to the bowl. Stir to mix well and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, and up to 5 days. Serve in a small punch bowl with an ice mold, if desired, and garnish each glass with an apple slice.

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