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From: EatingWell Magazine November/December 2009

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

Ingredients 10 servings

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  • 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

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  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.
  • 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 information

  • Serving size: about 1 cup
  • Per serving: 169 calories; 0 g fat(0 g sat); 2 g fiber; 41 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 3 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 37 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 18 IU vitamin A; 6 mg vitamin C; 9 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 2 mg sodium; 60 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 3
  • Exchanges: 1 fruit, 2 other carbohydrates

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