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Whether it is for Thanksgiving or Christmas holidays, this hot punch will be perfect for a family gathering. Served hot and full of good cheer, there is no way that the family won't enjoy a steaming cup of this punch. It can be served cold if you prefer, just let it cool sufficiently. It is non alcoholic and kid friendly, but if you like to make an adult version simply add some rum to taste. If you love cranberries and would love to try something locally from South Carolina, see the link at the bottom of this recipe for Carolina Vineyard Wineries.
Makes 16 servings
1 pound whole, clean cranberries
2 quarts water
2 tablespoons of grated orange peel
6 cinnamon sticks about 2 inches long
12 cloves whole
4 cups orange juice concentrate
½ cup cranberry juice concentrate, you can use regular cranberry juice if necessary
1 ¾ - 2 cups sugar ( depending on how sweet you like your punch )
In a large saucepan combine cranberries, water, grated orange peel, cinnamon sticks and cloves. Cook until cranberries are soft; about 10 minutes. Strain. Add orange juice, cranberry juice and sugar to heated cranberry mixture. Heat until sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally.
For Christmas eve parties, serve in mugs with a candy cane.