This recipe is easily cut in half if this is too much. This refreshing punch is delicious, and always a hit at any summer gathering. Use a Citrus Ice Ring (recipe posted separately) in the punch bowl -- it's pretty, and it keeps the punch cold.
One morning when it was really cold and raining out, I was doing my Crossing Guard job at the corner I "work" at. A few yards from the corner is a small Espresso/coffee hut. After I got done and was getting ready to leave the corner, one of the girls who works at the espresso hut came up to me and asked me if I wanted either a hot chocolate or a Hot Caramel Apple Cider. I opted for the Hot Caramel Apple Cider. I was so cold and wet that I drank it hot without letting it cool off at all!! It was so good and it immediately started to warm me up. I could taste the caramel in it. A couple of days later when I got one on my own I asked what was in it and the girl who gave me my first one, told me. I think I have the right amounts of ingredients. You can add more caramel sauce and/or vanilla to suit your taste. This recipe can easily be multiplied to serve more people. I am sure you could use apple juice if you don't have apple cider on hand.
This is my mother's recipe, originally from the 1800's, modern conversions are in parentheses. I grew up drinking it in the winter but like it year round, even iced. I suggest letting the flavors in the tea blend before you serve it, the cloves will become more pronounced. No offense to you powdered spiced tea people, but this is the real thing!
Desperate for something soothing while battling with a runny nose, I made this today using whatever I had on hand, and relished every bit of it! This is great for the cold weather, and just the perfect remedy for red noses and itchy throats... and it tastes wonderful as well! Please note that microwave times with vary depending on the manufacturer.