Hot Apple Pie Punch


A warming rum-and-cider-based hard punch with the soothing taste of apple pie. Perfect for cold winter nights.


3⁄4 cups
golden raisins
1⁄2 cup
dark rum
1 quart
apple cider
1⁄2 cup
apple brandy (calvados)
2-inch cinnamon sticks
whole cloves
apple, cored and thinly sliced


Put raisins in cup and cover with rum; soak 2 hours. Pour cider and apple brandy in large saucepan and add soaked golden raisins, cinnamon sticks and cloves. Heat very slowly; do not allow to boil. Pour into large heat-proof bowl or pitcher and stir in the apple slices.

To serve, ladle the punch into heat-proof glasses, making sure each glass has a few raisins, cinnamon stick, cloves and apple slices.