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Warm Spiced Cider Punch

 Warm Spiced Cider Punch
"This is a nice warm-up punch--I like to serve it when there is a nip in the air," writes Susan Smith of Forest, Virginia. The aroma of the apple cider, orange juice and spices is wonderful as the punch simmers in the slow cooker.
8 ServingsPrep: 5 min. Cook: 4 hours

Ingredients

  • 4 cups apple cider or unsweetened apple juice
  • 2-1/4 cups water
  • 3/4 cup orange juice concentrate
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • Orange slices and additional cinnamon sticks, optional

Directions

  • In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the apple cider, water, orange juice
  • concentrate, nutmeg and ginger. Place cloves and cinnamon sticks on
  • a double thickness of cheesecloth; bring up corners of cloth and tie
  • with string to form a bag. Place bag in slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until heated through. Remove
  • and discard spice bag. Garnish with orange slices and additional
  • cinnamon sticks if desired. Yield: 8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: One serving (3/4 cup) equals 108 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 13 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchange: 2 fruit.