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Spiced Cranberry-Pear Cider

This winter warmer offers a tart alternative to hot apple cider. Crushing fresh ginger slices helps release the root’s spicy-sweet flavor. Floating cubes of diced pear add a festive touch. The salad pictured is Warm Farro Pilaf with Dried Cranberries.



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1 lb. fresh or frozen cranberries
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4 ¼-inch-thick slices ginger, crushed
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1 3-inch-long cinnamon stick
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2 cups pear juice or cider
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½ cup plus 2 Tbs. sugar
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½ vanilla bean, split
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1 large pear, peeled, cored, and cut into small dice (1 ¼ cups), optional


1. Bring cranberries, ginger, cinnamon stick, and 3 1/2 cups water to a simmer in medium saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 10 minutes. Remove ginger and cinnamon stick, and set aside. Strain cranberry mixture into another saucepan, pressing down on solids to extract all liquid. (You should have about 3 cups liquid.) 2. Return ginger and cinnamon stick to cranberry juice, and add pear juice, sugar, and vanilla bean. Bring to a simmer, and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer 10 minutes, then remove ginger, cinnamon stick, and vanilla bean. Add diced pear (if using), and remove from heat. Serve warm.

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1 g
Total Fat: 
0 g
Saturated Fat: 
0 g
26 g
0 mg
6 mg
<1 g
23 g
Serves 8

Comments on this Recipe

It was good but given the description it was sweeter than I expected it to be. We added a splash of dry sparkling hard cider to give it some bubbles make it less sweet. I would make it again, but taste before adding sugar.

What recipe is the salad next to the cider? Please give recipes for photos accompanying the drinks.

Good call, Rhonda. I’ve added the link for Warm Farro Pilaf with Dried Cranberries to the intro, and I’ll also paste it here for you: http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipe/warm-farro-pilaf-with-dried-cranberries/