Chai-Spiced Cider Punch

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


  • 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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