Recipe courtesy of Gourmet Magazine

Witches' Brew

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  • Level: Easy
  • Yield: 13 servings
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2 cinnamon sticks

5 whole cloves

3 tablespoons finely chopped peeled fresh gingerroot

1/3 cup water

1/3 cup sugar

A chilled 25.4-ounce bottle sparkling cider (about 3 1/4 cups)

A chilled 1-quart bottle cranberry juice cocktail

A chilled 1-liter bottle club soda or seltzer

1 cup dark rum, if desired


  1. For serving: ice blocks in any shape
  2. SYRUP: In a small saucepan bring syrup ingredients to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved, and simmer, covered, 5 minutes. Cool syrup. (Syrup may be made 1 week ahead and chilled, covered.) In a punch bowl combine the remaining ingredients and strain syrup through a fine sieve into punch. Stir punch and add ice blocks.