Oh this is GOOD.  And what is more CHEAP.  I wanted to do two types of punch for my Christmas drinks party and Edmund’s sounded easy and good.  It cost me about £4 for two litres compared to about £25 for the Madeleine Carroll’s Sauterne Punch – and I didn’t even use genuine Sauterne!  I opted for the cheaper stuff.  Anyhow.  If you want a nice cheap crowd pleaser at your Christmas drinkies, this is it.

I doubled everything except the cloves – I didn’t want it too clovey…

1 quart sweet cider

1/2 cup sugar

8 sticks of cinnamon

12 whole cloves

1 teaspoon allspice

1/8 teaspoon salt

Mix all ingredients.  Heat to boiling point.  Let stand for several hours.  Reheat.  Remove the spices.  Serve hot in metal cups or pottery cups.

Serves 4 to 8.

I did as above but I strained the liquid through a seive before reheating.  Next time I would probably try and get some muslin or something finer as the allspice didn’t get strained out.  It was good though!

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