Bobbing for Apples Punch

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 30 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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Ingredients

5 lemons

1/2 cup sugar

2 cinnamon sticks

2 whole cloves

2 1/2 cups white cranberry juice, chilled

1 cup vodka, bourbon or rye whiskey, chilled (optional)

1 750-ml bottle nonalcoholic sparkling apple cider, chilled

6 to 8 small apples

Directions

  1. Remove 6 wide strips zest from 1 lemon with a vegetable peeler. Juice all the lemons to make 3/4 cup juice; refrigerate the juice. Bring 2 cups water, the sugar, lemon zest, cinnamon sticks and cloves to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer 5 minutes. Let cool, then strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a large liquid measuring cup or bowl. Refrigerate until cold, at least 1 hour and up to 1 day.
  2. Combine the spiced syrup, cranberry juice and lemon juice in a large punch bowl. Stir in the liquor, if using, then top with the sparkling apple cider. Add the apples. Serve over ice.