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Hot Buttered Cider With Ginger and Cinnamon

Author/Submitted by: From "Season's Greetings" by Marlene Sorosky. , From the Portland Oregonian's FOODday, 12/22/93. (Stephen Ceideburg)
Servings: 16
Categories: Non-Alcoholic Beverages / Punch Recipes

4  cups  Water
1  cup  Granulated sugar
3  tablespoons  Whole cloves
3  tablespoons  Whole allspice
2  sticks  Cinnamon
1/4  cup  Sliced candied or crystallized ginger
6  cups  Apple cider
2  cups  Orange juice
1/2  cup  Lemon juice (1 lemon)
1  stick  Butter, cut into thin slices
16    Cinnamon sticks, for serving

Mix the water and sugar in a large non aluminum saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the cloves, allspice, cinnamon and ginger. Let the mixture stand for 1 hour or longer. Strain into a bowl and return to the saucepan. Stir in the apple cider, orange juice and lemon juice. Serve in mugs with a slice of butter on top and a cinnamon stick. Note: The punch may be prepared several hours ahead and reheated before serving, if desired.

Warm yourself with this fragrantly spiced, nonalcoholic beverage after a frosty night of caroling.

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