Thursday, September 16, 2010

Thirsty Thursday

Today's recipe is courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens.  I have always been inspired by at least one thing in each issue (if not more!) and was happy to find this delicious looking fall cocktail.

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-ml bottle Gewurztraminer, or other fruity white wine*
Ice cubes

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

We love to entertain and often throw dinner parties for 10 or more, I will be adding this to the list of new drinks to try, will you put this on your party list?


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  1. Looks like the perfect fall drink, yum!

  2. Sounds like a very lovely drink. Hmmm, thanks for the directions :)

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  3. I need to add this to my recipe files as well...cocktail recipes are my favorite recipes :)