sparkling cider and orange punch

For a special touch, garnish this punch, made with sparkling cider and fresh-squeezed juice, with candied oranges.
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Yield: Serves 12

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup crystallized ginger
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • 6 cups freshly squeezed Cara Cara orange juice (from about 14 oranges), or substitute regular oranges
  • 2 bottles nonalcoholic sparkling cider, chilled
  • 1 cup Calvados (optional)
  • Candied Citrus Peels, omitting final sugaring for garnish

Directions

  1. Grind ginger to a fine powder in a spice grinder, then mix with sugar in a shallow dish. Rub lemon wedge on rims of 12 glasses, then dip rims in ginger-sugar mixture.
  2. Mix orange juice and cider, and Calvados if using, in a large punch bowl. Serve with ice, and garnish with candied citrus.
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