Autumn Punch

When fall is in the air, serve this beverage that combines apple-cranberry juice, plums, and your choice of a fruity white wine.

Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoons whole cloves
  • 1/2 of a vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 1 64 ounce bottle apple-cranberry juice
  • 4 medium purple and/or green plums, pitted and sliced
  • 1 750 milliliter bottle Gewurztraminer, or other fruity white wine*
  • Ice cubes
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Directions
1. 
Place cloves and vanilla bean in center of a double-thick 6-inch square of 100-percent-cotton cheesecloth. Bring corners of cloth together; tie closed with clean string. Pour apple-cranberry juice into a large container or pitcher. Add plums and spice bag. Cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours.
2. 
Remove and discard cheesecloth bag. Stir in Gewurztraminer. Serve beverage and plum slices over ice. (Or omit the ice and heat the juice mixture and wine in a 4-quart Dutch oven until hot. Serve in heatproof mugs.) Makes 10 to 12 servings.

Variation

  • *Nonalcoholic Option:

    Substitute two 12-ounce cans chilled ginger ale for the Gewurztraminer, and serve over ice.

nutrition information

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 180, carb. (g) 33, fiber (g) 1, pro. (g) 1, vit. A (IU) 243, vit. C (mg) 64, sodium (mg) 30, calcium (mg) 10, iron (mg) 0, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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