Punch II

This is a warming punch, low in alcohol content, which is ideal for a party or a family get-together or some similar informal gathering.

4½ PINTS

4 pints dry cider

12 cloves

2 oranges

1 X 2-inch piece cinnamon stick

2 eating apples, peeled, cored and sliced

3 oz. sugar

3 fl. oz. brandy

Pour the cider into a large saucepan and place the pan over low heat. Stick 6 cloves in each orange and add them, the cinnamon stick, apples and sugar to the pan. Using a wooden spoon, stir the mixture until the sugar has dissolved. When the cider begins to boil (this should take about 15 minutes), stir in the brandy and remove the pan from the heat. Remove and discard the cinnamon stick. Remove and reserve the oranges.

Pour the cider mixture into a warmed punch bowl. Place the oranges on a board and cut them into thin slices or wedges, discarding the cloves. Add the orange slices or wedges to the punch and serve immediately.

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