Hot Buttered Cider with Ginger and Cinnamon

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Warm yourself with this fragrantly spiced, nonalcoholic beverage after a frosty night of caroling. — Stephen Ceideburg



  1. Mix the water and sugar in a large non aluminum saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the cloves, allspice, cinnamon and ginger.
  4. Let the mixture stand for 1 hour or longer.
  5. Strain into a bowl and return to the saucepan.
  6. Stir in the apple cider, orange juice and lemon juice.
  7. Serve in mugs with a slice of butter on top and a cinnamon stick.

Note: the punch may be prepared several hours ahead and reheated before serving, if desired