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Spiced Cider Punch

I’ve shared this recipe with many friends. It never wears out its welcome and is so easy to make. It’s also delicious warm. —Charles Piatt, Little Rock, Akansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 5 min. + chilling Cook: 5 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings (about 3-1/4 quarts)


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 bottle (64 ounces) apple cider or juice, divided
  • 1 can (12 ounces) frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1 liter ginger ale, chilled
  • Orange slices, optional


  • Place sugar, spices and 1 cup cider in a saucepan; cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; stir in juice concentrate until melted.
  • Transfer to a large pitcher. Stir in remaining cider. Refrigerate, covered, until cold.
  • To serve, pour cider mixture into a punch bowl. Stir in ginger ale. If desired, garnish with orange slices.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 217 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 25mg sodium, 55g carbohydrate (50g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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  • kimmerrou
    Dec 26, 2019

    I have to admit, I was kinda concerned at making this for Christmas dinner...but I didn't need to be. It was GOOD! It was along the lines of a version of Friendship Tea, or Russian Tea or whichever you call it. Don't let that dissuade you from making it (if you don't like the Friendship Tea) because it's like a cousin, similar enough to taste the same tastes but also different enough that it's worthy of trying it. Easy peasy to make (I also made an ice ring of the cider, sugar mixture and oj concentrate with orange slices.) I'm glad that I made it and I will make it again.

  • cookb4
    Oct 29, 2018

    I omitted the allspice because we don't care for that flavor, and I used a bit less sugar because the cider was fairly sweet already. Our guests loved it!! It's delicious!!

  • delowenstein
    Dec 9, 2017

    This beverage is DELICIOUS and so FESTIVE! I prepared it 11/6/17. I'd used Apple Cider COCKTAIL and 1-1/2 cups of orange juice MADE from orange juice concentrate. Everything else was kept as recipe instructed!

  • myndilori
    Nov 27, 2011

    Instant hit for church functions. Everyone loves it and it is very easy to multiply for large crowds. (Just an FYI: I have tried it, but I didn't really care for this punch warmed.)

  • teenkook
    Nov 13, 2010

    I made this for a women's event at my church and it was the star of our drink workshop. I didn't hear one bad response all night!

  • cklepper1
    Dec 17, 2009

    This punch was delicious!! We enjoyed it warm and chilled. Everyone loved it and many asked for the recipe. They couldn't believe how simple it was to make. I have been requested to make this for our Christmas Eve get-toether.

  • charlene digravio
    Dec 14, 2009

    I made this for a baby shower, and it was a big hit, now everybody wants the recipe.

  • Kichler073
    Dec 11, 2009

    This recipe was AWESOME! Easy to make and many people enjoy it.

  • 2babygirls
    Nov 16, 2009

    This punch is delicious! Perfect for the fall or a Thanksgiving gathering.