cider (berkeley hot, spiced)

3 pieces stick cinnamon
2 teaspoons whole clove
1 whole nutmeg (or 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg)
1/2 gallon (8 cups) apple cider
1 cup sugar
2 cups orange juice
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup apple brandy (optional)

Tie cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg in a small piece of cheesecloth. Combine with cider and sugar in a large saucepan. Simmer 15 minutes; remove spice bag. Stir in orange and lemon juices. Heat until bubbly-hot. Pour into heated punch bowl. Add oranges studded with whole cloves for garnish, if desired. Makes 20 four-ounce servings.

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