Organic Cranberry Party Punch

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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.

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