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Christmas Punch

Submitted by Kathy Vail, Mt. Stewart

6 cups cranberry cocktail
2 cups water, room temperature
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup rum, bourbon or orange juice
2 Tbsp. butter
3 PCs. 1­inch lemon peel
3 PCs. 1­inch cinnamon sticks
1 tsp. whole cloves

Combine the first 6 ingredients in a saucepan. Combine the last 3 ingredients in a piece of cheesecloth (or spice bag). Place the spice bag in the saucepan with the other mixture. Bring to a boil. Simmer, covered for 10 minutes. Remove the spice bag. Serve hot. Garnish with cinnamon stick.

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