This week I tried three new recipes. Two were winners. One neither of us could hardly eat! We saved some calories that way! I was looking for a punch recipe that fit the season and came across an apple juice one from a cookbook I purchased before I was married from a co-worker at Swedish Hospital. That hospital no longer exists and my cookbook no longer has a cover! Anyway I fixed the punch for my church circle and it was a hit, so I am going to serve it at our Thanksgiving gathering and share it with you today. Hope you enjoy it too.
Spicy Apple Punch:
2 quarts apple juice or apple cider
3 cinnamon sticks
12 whole cloves
1 cup orange juice
4 ( 7-oz.) bottles 7-up
2 trays ice cubes, I froze apple juice for the ice cubes.
Simmer 1 quart apple juice with cinnamon and cloves 10 minutes. Refrigerate several hours or overnight to develop spice flavors. Chill all ingredients. Discard cinnamon and cloves. Combine mixture with remaining apple juice and orange juice in a chilled punch bowl. Slowly pour in 7-up, add ice cubes and garnish with apple slices. Makes 3 quarts or 24 punch cup servings. I let the cloves and cinnamon steep in the juice after simmered for 3 hours, I think it might have been too strong left overnight and I use ginger ale instead of 7 up.
To think I have had this cookbook for over 50 years and just now tried this recipe. I think it fits well into the season.
I'm Kathy Lloyd. I grew up on a farm near Elmore, MN and have lived in Fairmont for over 44 years. I have always loved to cook, even when I was very young. I loved to stay with my Aunt Dorothy during my childhood. She was a great cook and used to give me freedom in the kitchen, teaching me along the way. She made recipes from our Norwegian heritage, along with pies, homemade doughnuts, yeast bread and cinnamon rolls.