CINDA'S PUNCH8 bags Cranberry Cove Celestial Seasonings tea
8 bags Blackberry Forest Celestial Seasonings tea
8 bags Orange Zinger Celestial Seasonings tea
3 12-ounce cans frozen pineapple juice
1 12-ounce can frozen limeade
1 12-ounce can frozen Cran-raspberry juice
1 can pure raspberry juice
fresh orange juice added just before serving
3 slices gingerroot
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon or 3 cinnamon sticks
A few cloves or a dash of ground cloves
Dash of nutmeg
Boil water and brew teas. The amount of water is not important at this stage because it will be adjusted at the end to the desired dilution.
When the tea has cooled, add the juices and some water.
In a separate pan, boil a small amount (about one cup) of water or apple juice. Add gingerroot cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves to taste as if you were making hot spiced cider. Boil a few minutes and strain some of this spiced liquid into the punch. Taste. Aim for just a hint of these spicy flavors.
Add water so that the punch ends up strong but not overwhelming. Make ice cubes out of the punch if you want to have them floating in the punch bowl.
The punch will probably be sweet enough with all of the fruit juice. If not add fructose or sugar preferably. Honey must be pasteurized (not raw) if consumed by small children and honey has a fairly strong taste.
Originated by Cinda who had never made punch before but sought the spiciness of hot spiced cider, the red-purple of berry pie, the kick of limeade, the sweetness of pineapple and raspberry, and some fresh orange juice for good measure.