Apple Cider-Mint Punch

1/2 cup fresh mint, chopped
2 cups granulated sugar
4 cups water
8 cups apple cider or apple juice
2 cups frozen lemonade concentrate
Fresh mint and red apple slices (rub with lemon to prevent browning) for garnish

Create a simple syrup by combinging mint, sugar and water in a heavy small saucepan over medium heat. Stir frequently while bringing mixture to a gentle boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool. When cool, strain the mint mixture into a large pitcher. Add water, apple cider or juice and the thawed lemonade concentrate. Chill well. Serve in a punchbowl garnished with fresh mint sprigs and apple slices

Yield: Approximately 10 - 12 cups