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Hot Spiced Cranberry Drink

Ingredients
8 cups hot water
1-1/2 cups sugar
4 cups cranberry juice
3/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
12 whole cloves, optional
1/2 cup Red Hot candies

Directions
In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine water, sugar and juices; stir until sugar is dissolved. If desired, place cloves in a double thickness of cheesecloth; bring up corners of cloth and tie with string to form a bag.

Add spice bag and Red Hots to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for until heated through, 2-3 hours.

Before serving, discard spice bag and stir punch.

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Baked Apples with Rum and Cinnamon

Total: 55 min
Prep: 20 min
Cook: 35 min
Yield: 6 servings
Level: Easy

Ingredients:
The Glaze:

1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup dark rum
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
6 whole cloves

The Apples:
6 small to medium apples, preferably a sturdy
variety like Rome or Granny Smith, washed
and cored
6 cinnamon sticks
2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
1 cup unsweetened apple cider
Rum raisin ice cream, optional

Directions:
1. For the glaze: In a medium saucepan, combine the dark brown sugar, rum, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. Stir to blend and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook and reduce for 3 to 4 minutes to allow the sugar and other ingredients to blend together.

2. For the apples: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

3. In a baking dish large enough to hold all of the apples, arrange the apples in a single layer. Put a cinnamon stick inside the cavity made from coring each apple. Pour the glaze over the apples and top each with pieces of butter. Add the cider to the bottom of the dish and place it in the center of the oven.

4. Cook the apples, basting them from time to time, until they are tender but not mushy, 25 to 30 minutes (smaller apples will take less time). Serve with scoops of ice cream, sour cream, or just by themselves. They are also delicious leftover.

Recipe courtesy Alex Guarnaschelli
Recipe found here: Baked Apples with Rum and Cinnamon

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