Cherry Punch is welcome at any gathering. This recipe calls for cherry juice with a small bit of cane sugar and lemon, then spiced with cloves and cinnamon. It is simple and delicious.

Cherry Punch Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Ready In: 20 min

Servings: 11

Ingredients
1 can or bottle Cherry Juice blend (46 oz) (Make certain it is 100 real juice.)
2 tbsp Sugar
1 medium Lemon Peel or juice equal to
½ tsp Whole Cloves
1 medium Cinnamon Stick
1 medium Lemon, thinly sliced (for garnish)

Directions
Combine all ingredients in large saucepan. Simmer over low heat 10 minutes or until hot. Remove and discard lemon peel, cloves and cinnamon stick. Carefully pour into heat-proof punch bowl or cups. Garnish with lemon slice.

Tips & Notes
Daily consumption of fruits can promote good quality of life and well-being in people. Cherries are among the fruits and vegetables with high antioxidant values.
Sweet or sour, cherries are bursting with nutrition. These petite stone fruits can help improve your health, from a better night’s rest to a trimmer tummy to managing gout.
Tart cherries are one of nature’s few sources of melatonin, a hormone that lowers body temperature, making us sleepy. When study volunteers drank an ounce of tart cherry juice concentrate in the morning and again at night, they slept more soundly. Even better: sipping the tart concentrate may provide an alternative to a melatonin supplement.
Sweet cherries are loaded with potassium, a natural blood-pressure reducer. Potassium balances fluids in our bodies, essentially offsetting the blood-pressure-raising effects of sodium. So it’s no wonder studies have found that people who eat more potassium-rich foods, like sweet cherries, tend to have less hypertension. One cup of these ruby gems packs roughly the same amount of potassium as a small banana.
The anthocyanins in tart cherries activate a molecule that helps rev up fat burning and decrease fat storage.
This form of arthritis is caused by too much uric acid in the blood, which causes swelling, inflammation and tenderness. A growing body of research reveals that cherries, sweet and tart, can help. A study showed that drinking eight ounces of tart cherry juice a day reduces uric acid.

Nutritional Information Per Serving
Calories: 71
Total Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 5mg
Total Carbohydrates: 17g

Source: DiabetesCare.net

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