Organic Cranberry Party Punch


Allspice, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, star anise and cardamom are top sellers when Americans buy more than 31 million pounds of spices, seasonings and extracts during November and December, according to Laurie Harrsen, a spokesperson for spice maker McCormick & Co.

That’s what she told Baltimore Sun reporter Liz Atwood for a recent story, noting that these two months account for 20% of all spices sold annually.

Here’s a super-easy recipe from McCormick that’s perfect for your upcoming New Year’s Eve party. It incorporates five of the season’s favorite spices.

Warm Cranberry Punch

Makes 13 servings (one cup each)

1/2 cup sugar
64 oz. cranberry juice cocktail (try organic Nantucket Nectars)
1 12-oz. can frozen lemonade concentrate (try organic Cascadian Farms)
4 cups water
3 cinnamon sticks
8 whole cloves
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan or Dutch oven. Simmer 30 minutes.
  2. Remove whole spices before serving. Garnish with orange slices, if desired. Serve warm or cold.