Sleigh Driver

Sleigh Driver

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

From EatingWell: November/December 2009
Yield: 10 servings, about 1 cup each
Active Time: 15
Total Time: 50


  1. 1 cup water
  2. 1/2 cup sugar
  3. 1 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  4. 3 pears, chopped into bite-size pieces, divided
  5. 2 quarts apple cider
  6. 1 lemon, halved and sliced
  7. 1 tablespoon ground allspice
  8. 1 cup fresh cranberries
  9. 2 tablespoons vanilla extract


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

Nutrition Bonus:

3 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1 fruit, 2 other carbohydrates