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Chai-Spiced Cider Punch

This great recipe for chai-spiced cider punch is from the October 2006 issue of Martha Stewart Living.

  • Servings: 20


  • 4 whole star anise
  • 4 cinnamon sticks, each 3 inches
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 24 cardamom pods
  • 1 piece (6 inches) fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 cups pure maple syrup
  • 16 cups (1 gallon) apple cider
  • 6 cups chilled seltzer


  1. Bring spices, ginger, syrup, and 1 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 8 to 10 minutes. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour. Strain, and discard solids.

  2. Stir together spiced syrup and apple cider in a pitcher, and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour. Pour spiced cider into punch bowl; stir in seltzer.

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