Sleigh Driver

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Sleigh Driver

This scrumptious nonalcoholic punch adds pear, cranberries and vanilla to the traditional hot cider.

Yield: 10 servings, about 1 cup each
Active Time: 15
Total Time: 50

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 3 pears, chopped into bite-size pieces, divided
  • 2 quarts apple cider
  • 1 lemon, halved and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon ground allspice
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract

Preparation

  1. Combine water, sugar, ginger and 1 pear in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Strain out the solids and return the mixture to the pan.
  2. Add the remaining pears, cider, lemon and allspice and heat over medium-high heat, stirring often, for 15 minutes.
  3. Add cranberries and vanilla and reduce the heat to medium-low (the liquid should be simmering, not boiling). Let simmer for 10 minutes more. Serve in heat-safe mugs.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Let cool, cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Reheat on the stovetop over low heat or in the microwave on Medium.

Nutrition

Nutrition Per Serving

calories 169
fat 0 g (0 g sat, 0 g mono)
cholesterol 0 mg
carbohydrates 42 g
protein 0 g
fiber 2 g
sodium 2 mg
potassium 61 mg

Nutrition Bonus

Carbohydrate Serving 3

Exchanges 1 fruit, 2 other carbohydrates

From EatingWell November/December 2009