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Mulled Cranberry Wine Punch

Steeping fresh cranberries with juice, raisins, and cinnamon sticks starts things off for this mulled punch. But additions of red wine, lemon, almond flavors, and orange liqueur build an evener richer depth of taste. As warming holiday beverages go, this one’s a stunner.

Mulled Cranberry Wine Punch (1109)

Photography by James Carrier
 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
 1 bottle (48 oz., 6 cups) cranberry juice cocktail
 1/2 cup raisins
 4 to 6 cinnamon sticks (about 3 in.)
 2 bottles (750 ml.) fruity dry red wine such as Gamay Beaujolais, or 6 cups apple juice and 2 to 4 tablespoons lemon juice, to taste
 1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar
 1 teaspoon almond extract
  About 3/4 cup orange-flavor liqueur such as Cointreau or triple sec (optional)
Step 1

Sort cranberries, discarding bruised and decayed fruit. Rinse berries and put in a 5- to 6-quart pan; add cranberry juice cocktail, raisins, and cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil over high heat; cover and simmer on low heat to blend flavors, about 20 minutes.

Step 2

Add wine and 1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar, to taste. Heat until steaming, 5 to 8 minutes; do not boil.

Step 3

Add almond extract and orange liqueur; keep punch warm over lowest heat and ladle into cups or stemmed glasses.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 174Calories from Fat 0.5
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.1g1%

Saturated Fat 0.0g0%
Cholesterol 0.0mg0%
Sodium 8.3mg1%
Total Carbohydrate 26g9%

Dietary Fiber 0.6g3%
Protein 0.4g1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.