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    Sleigh Driver

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


    • 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


    Step 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.
    Step 2
    Add the remaining pears, cider, lemon and allspice and heat over medium-high heat, stirring often, for 15 minutes.
    Step 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.

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