Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Hot Autumn Apple Punch

You must try this recipe; it is so delicious and tastes like a spicy apple cider.

Last fall, I was hosting an open house and really wanted to have a crock pot full of hot cider for everyone to enjoy. Knowing that I would likely need to replenish the pot several times, the cost of cider for that many people was outside of my budget. I looked to my favorite and found a recipe for Autumn Punch. Of course, I couldn't leave it as is but changed it up to suit my tastes. The results were wonderful. No one touched the hot coffee or tea. I saved a bundle of money with this "faux" cider and now have a standby not drink for the cold Chicago months.

Hot & Spicy Fall Faux Cider
2 oranges
8 whole cloves
12 cups apple juice
2 cinnamon stick
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
Juice of 2-3 lemons
4 cups pineapple juice
Handful of red hot candies
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Stud the whole oranges with cloves, and bake for 30 minutes.
2.In crockpot, combine the remaining ingredients. Simmer for at least 4 hours.
3.Serve piping hot with the 2 clove-studded baked oranges floating on topn (so pretty!).

1 Peter 4:9 (New Living Translation)
Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay.


  1. I make my own mulled cider mix and just love it with a crock pot full of cider. Yours sounds delicious and a nice change of the usual cider.

  2. How do you make your mulled cider mix? Do you share recipes:)?

  3. YummY!! I'll be tryin' that soon:)

  4. Our first year here in Dubai I went to every known branch of grocery stores to find real cider to no avail (I even had Elaine staking out places). I ended up having her use some recipe (she was bringing the cider to my Thanksgiving party) off of allrecipes but yours sounds so much more yummy and beautiful.

  5. Lisa, you should try this!! Especially if you are having a big crowd.