Garnish red & green apples, pomegranate seeds, oranges, cinnamon sticks
In a large pot, over medium heat, add apple cider, cranberry-pomegranate juice, cinnamon sticks, cloves, oranges, and lemon.
Stir to combine.
Bring to a slight boil.
Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour.
Strain mixture, discard the oranges, lemon, cloves, and cinnamon sticks (or create potpourri, see post).
Return punch to the pot.
Add in maple and brown sugar.
Simmer for 10-15 minutes.
Add vanilla extract and remove from heat.
Let punch cool slightly before pouring into a pitcher.
When ready to serve add ginger ale to the punch or directly into the garnished glasses.
For garnish, dice up red and green apples & oranges into small pieces and seed a pomegranate.
Freeze the fruit on a baking tray if you want to use them for ice cubes as well.
Place the mixed fruit into the glasses, filling about a 1/4 full.
Add a cinnamon stick to each glass.
Pour the cold apple cider into the glasses. Add a splash of ginger ale on top.
This punch has some SPICE! So if you're not normally a fan of spiced punches, cut back on the cloves.Some apple cider is a lot sweeter and you may not need to add as much sugar.~TIPS~ Chill the diced fruit and use it as fruit ice instead of cubes. Adjust the sugar and maple to your liking. I like it sweet! The punch tastes the best the next day so make ahead. Serve cold. Add the carbonation when ready to serve.