Spiced Apple Punch

This is totally alcohol free, but has all the flavour of an alcoholic punch. I have had people unable to believe that it really is completely safe for the drivers at a party.

You will need a large preserving pan for this.

Recipe: Spiced Apple Punch

Summary: A non-alcoholic fruit punch

Ingredients

  • 4 boxes of apple juice. Usually about 8½ pints/4 litres.
  • 4 pints/2.25 litres hot water
  • 2 scant teacups granulated sugar
  • 4 large, sharp eating apples (Granny Smith are good, Golden Delicious are too flavourless. Don’t use Bramley apples as you’ll end up with dilute apple sauce!)
  • 6 oranges
  • 3 lemons
  • 2″ / 5cm piece of cinnamon stick or 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 20+ cloves
  • ½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Put the water into the pan with the sugar and bring to the boil, stirring to prevent the sugar from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  2. Wash all the fruit.
  3. Stick the cloves into one of the oranges and add it to the pan with the rest of the spices.
  4. Core the apples but do not peel them. Slice them and the rest of the fruit and add it all to the pan.
  5. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 45 minutes.
  6. Add the apple juice, return to simmering point, taste to check for sweetness and if necessary add a little more sugar dissolved in a small amount of hot water. Serve.

Quick Notes

If you want to make an alcoholic version of this, replace the apple juice with dry cider and add a miniature of brandy or a slosh of Calvados just before serving.

Preparation time (duration): 15minutes

Cooking time (duration): 50minutes

Diet type: Dairy-free

Number of servings (yield): about 20

Meal type: drink

Culinary tradition: English

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