Friday, December 30, 2011

HOT SPICED PUNCH IMPERIAL

Have had this punch recipe around for ages.  Don't even remember when we first used it. 

1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 quart medium strength tea
4 sticks cinnamon
6 whole cloves
2 quarts orange juice
2 cups lemon juice
thin slices of oranges and/or lemons for garnish

Combine the sugars with the tea, cinnamon sticks, cloves and boil for 5 minutes.  Heat the orange and lemon juices to the boiling point and mix in with the tea mixture.  Pour into a pretty punch bowl.  Float the orange and/or lemon slices on top to make it pretty.

Note: You can substitute a quart of apple cider for the tea and reduce the granulated sugar to 1 cup, if desired.

Makes about 30 punch cup servings.

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