Hot Cranberry Punch

  • Yield: 12 servings

Hot Cranberry Punch is easy to make and handy to have in the refrigerator when guests come calling at holiday time. It's also wonderful to drink at night on a cold winter day.


2quarts cranberry-apple juice
2quarts cranberry juice
1cup orange juice
1 1/2cups sugar
1cup lemonade
4 cinnamon sticks
20whole cloves
30 red-hot candies
3/4 to 1cups rum, optional


  1. Combine the juices, sugar, lemonade, spices, candies, and rum, if using, in a 5-quart stockpot. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour. Remove spices.
  2. Cool and refrigerate until serving time. Reheat in a microwave-safe container.

Recipe by Cindy Sickbert, Rushville, Ind.