December Cider

"This is a good cider/punch for a crowd during the cold winter months. The directions are for stovetop, but there's no reason you couldn't make this in the crockpot instead."
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  • 1 (12 ounce) can frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1 (12 ounce) can frozen cranberry-apple juice cocktail, thawed
  • 1 (6 ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 5 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 7 whole cloves
  • 13 cup rum (optional) or 1/3 cup cinnamon schnapps (optional)
  • 12 cinnamon sticks (for stirrers) (optional)


  • In a 4-qt dutch oven, combine apple juice concentrate, cranberry-apple concentrate, and 9 cups of water.
  • Stir in lemonade concentrate, the 5 sticks of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
  • Bring to boiling. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Removed cloves and cinnamon before serving. Stir in rum or schnapps, if using. Serve warm with a cinnamon stick in each mug.

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