Apple Tea Punch
If you’re craving something a little warm instead of cold, follow these steps once the fruit has marinated with the tea: remove the punch from the fridge, strain the fruit from the liquid and heat the liquid until warm. If you’re serving to a large party, heat the punch in a crockpot and serve warm. If you prefer a stronger tea flavor, use 4 tea bags. A splash of rum or bourbon would be a nice spirit to add to this elixir.
4 cups apple cider (or apple juice)
3 cups water
1 cinnamon stick
10 whole cloves
1 cardamom pod
3-4 family sized tea bags
1 orange, halved and sliced
1 apple, diced
- In a large saucepan combine the cider, water, cinnamon stick, cloves and cardamom pod. Bring to a boil over medium high heat and then lower the heat (to low) to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and add the tea bags to the mixture. Steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags. Let the mixture cool for 15-20 minutes.
- Add the orange slices and apple pieces to a large pitcher. Pour the punch over the fruit and place in the fridge. Let marinate for 6 hours.
- Serve chilled with ice and apple slices.