Ghoul's Punch
Recipe from Midwest Living

In this recipe, apple cider is simmered with a spice bag to make the base for a variety of Halloween drinks.



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Yield: 8 cups base
Prep Time: 40 mins
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Ingredients
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    1/2  gallon 
    apple cider or apple juice (8 cups)
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    1/2  cup 
    cinnamon honey, wildflower honey, orange blossom honey, or desired honey
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    1   
    orange, sliced
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    6   inches 
    stick cinnamon
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    1   tablespoon 
    coarsely chopped, peeled fresh ginger
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    1   teaspoon 
    whole allspice
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    1   teaspoon 
    whole cloves
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    1   
    bay leaf, optional

Directions
For punch base:

1.
In a 4-quart Dutch oven, combine cider and honey. Add orange slices. For spice bag, place cinnamon, fresh ginger, allspice, cloves and bay leaf, if you like, in the center of a double-thick, 8- to 10-inch square of 100-percent-cotton cheesecloth. Tie closed with a clean string. Add spice bag to the saucepan with cider mixture. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Remove orange slices and spice bag; discard. If you like, strain mixture through a fine mesh sieve*. Use in the following party drinks. Makes about 8 cups base.
Variation
  • Mulled Apple Cider: Prepare Haunted Halloween Party Punch Base as above. Serve warm base in mugs or heatproof glasses. If you like, garnish each serving with a cinnamon stick and a thin apple slice. Makes 8 (8-ounce) servings.
Variation
  • Awfully Good Ghoul's Punch: Prepare Haunted Halloween Party Punch Base as above. Cool to room temperature. Transfer punch base to a large pitcher or punch bowl. Cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours.
    In a punch bowl, combine punch base; one 12-ounce can frozen cranberry-raspberry juice concentrate, thawed; one 6-ounce can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed; and 3 cups cold water. Add ice, if you like. Thinly slice 1 medium apple. Float apple slices and cranberries in punch. Makes 18 (6-ounce) servings.
Variation
  • Golden Apple Cocktails: Prepare Haunted Halloween Party Punch Base as above. For each serving, combine 2 to 3 tablespoons vodka, Southern Comfort, bourbon, apple brandy or brandy, rum, vermouth or dry white wine and 1/2 cup of the hot punch base in a mug or heatproof glass. Or, cover and chill punch base until completely cool. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons desired alcohol and 1/2 cup of the chilled punch base to an ice-filled glass; stir. If you like, garnish each serving with an orange twist and a maraschino cherry on a cocktail pick. Makes 16 (5 to 6-ounce) cocktails.
Note
  • *If using a less processed apple cider, you will need to strain the cider mixture through a sieve lined with 100-percent-cotton cheesecloth.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 180, carb. (g) 46, sugar (g) 44, vit. C (mg) 2, Thiamin (mg) 0, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Niacin (mg) 0, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, sodium (mg) 8, Potassium (mg) 306, calcium (mg) 20, iron (mg) 1, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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