New Year Punch

Recipe for New Year Punch
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1 quart apple juice (or apple cider)
1 cinnamon stick
4 cardamom pods, broken
6 whole cloves
1 bottle sparkling wine or champagne
optional: apple slices for garnish, cinnamon stick


In a medium saucepan, combine the apple juice and spices. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes. Cool, and chill overnight in a large pitcher. To serve, strain the spiced juice into a punch bowl. Add the sparkling wine or champagne. Just before serving, add the ice.

For a fancy occasion, rim of the glasses with cinnamon-sugar! Just wet the edge of the glass in some extra apple juice, then dip the wet edges into a bowl that has 1 part cinnamon to 2 parts granulated sugar. (You can also buy cinnamon-sugar mix in the spice aisle at the supermarket.)


Serves 10 to 12

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New Year Punch

I've been serving this for years at my New Year's Eve parties thinking it was my own idea. Apparently not! Ha-ha-ha!


Kris I notice most of the decorating and cooking e mails are out after you decorate, make your cookies, etc. Any editors around?

It doesn’t do any good to get

It doesn’t do any good to get this recipe on New Years Eve since it’s supposed to be made the day before. This recipe should have come out yesterday.

I want to try this, but I

I want to try this, but I would try sparkling white grape juice in place of the wine.