Witches' Brew
Witches Brew
yield:Makes about 3 quarts
active time:15 min
total time:1 1/2 hr (includes steeping)

ingredients

  • 2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped peeled ginger
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 (25 1/4-ounce) bottle sparkling cider (about 3 1/4 cups), chilled
  • 4 cups cranberry juice cocktail, chilled
  • 1 (1-liter) bottle club soda or seltzer, chilled
  • 1 cup dark rum (optional)
  • Ice blocks in any shape (see cooks' note, below)

preparation

Bring cinnamon sticks, cloves, ginger, water, and sugar to a boil in a small heavy saucepan, stirring until sugar has dissolved, then simmer, covered, 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let steep, uncovered, 1 hour.

Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl, discarding solids, then chill until cold.

Combine all remaining ingredients, except ice, with syrup in a punch bowl. Add ice before serving.

Cooks' notes: •To make hand-shaped ice, fill powder-free, latex-free rubber gloves with water and tie wrist end securely, then freeze.
•Syrup can be made 1 week ahead and chilled with spices. Strain before using.

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Witches-Brew-356209

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