We missed Talk Like A Pirate Day earlier in September, but with its autumnal spices, ginger, apples, and (the pirate’s favorite) rum, this “Walk the Plank” punch is a wonderful seasonal treat – perfect for cool fall evening potlucks or grown-up buccaneers at your Halloween costume party!

INGREDIENTS
8 Cups (1/2 gallon) apple cider
1/4 Cup Mulling Spice Blend
2 tsp fresh ginger, grated
1/2 Cup brown sugar
1 Cup Dark Rum
1 apple, cored and thinly sliced
1 orange, thinly sliced

STEPS
Tie Mulling Spice in a several layers of cheese cloth. Pour the apple cider into a large pan or stock pot with the bundled mulling spices, fresh ginger and brown sugar, and warm mixture over medium low heat. Bring punch to a simmer, stirring frequently until the brown sugar fully dissolves. Continue to simmer, stirring, for about 5 minutes, allowing the spices to permeate the warming cider. Remove the Mulling Spice bundle and stir in the dark rum. Add the orange and apple slices. Keep warm, and ladle into mugs to serve.

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