Cobbled together from several favorite Epicurus.com recipes, this is the absolute epitome of a Winter Holiday Punch. Simmered in a crockpot (after being strained), this will warm your guests heart and soul.
In large pan combine cranberry juice, cider, nectar, spices, orange and lemon peel.
Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered 20-30 minutes.
Remove from heat, strain through a fine-mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth.
Taste punch and sweeten accordingly. Apple Cider and Cranberry Juice vary greatly in sweetness - you may need no sugar, or you may need a little more than listed.
Add rum and butter, stirring until butter melts. Or, if having a non-alcoholic alternative is desirable, hold off on adding the rum to the entire punch and add 1 to 2 tbsp of rum to each mug, then fill to the rim with hot punch.