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Cran-licious Christmas Punch

 Cran-licious Christmas Punch
Here's a punch that both adults and children will enjoy. The fruity flavors are especially refreshing!—Helen Roland, Miami, Florida
18 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
  • 2 cups water
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
  • 2 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 1 liter ginger ale, chilled

Directions

  • In a Dutch oven, combine the first five ingredients. Cook over medium
  • heat until the berries pop, about 15 minutes. Cool slightly.
  • Strain mixture through a fine strainer, pressing mixture with a
  • spoon; discard pulp and spices. Stir in juices. Refrigerate until
  • chilled.
  • Just before serving, place mixture in a punch bowl; stir in water and
  • ginger ale. Yield: 18 servings (about 3 quarts).
Nutritional Facts: 3/4 cup equals 128 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 5 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, trace protein.