Autumn Glow Punch

Kitchen Tested
  • Yield 16 servings
  • Prep 3 mins
  • Cook 5 mins

The flavor is all fall, and the glow—from dark rum—is optional.

Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

To save time when everyone arrives, make the punch up to 4 hours ahead and heat before serving.


1 teaspoon whole allspice
1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
2 -- (3- to 4-inch) pieces cinnamon sticks, broken
2 quarts apple juice or cider
1 -- (32-ounce) bottle cranberry juice cocktail
2 large seedless oranges, sliced into rounds
-- Dark rum, optional


  1. Tie allspice, cloves and cinnamon in a cheesecloth bag. Combine spice bag, apple juice, cranberry juice and oranges in a large saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat until simmering. Serve warm, alongside a bottle of dark rum for those who want to spike their drinks.

Recipe adapted with permission from Rick Rodgers’ Thanksgiving 101 (William Morrow, 2007).