nutritional information

Per 3/4-cup serving:

  • Calories: 102
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Total Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 26 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 6 mg
  • Fiber: <1 g
  • Sugar: 23 g
Vegan Gluten-Free

Spiced Cranberry-Pear Cider

Spiced Cranberry-Pear Cider

Serves 8

30 minutes or fewer

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.
  • 1 lb. fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 4 ¼-inch-thick slices ginger, crushed
  • 1 3-inch-long cinnamon stick
  • 2 cups pear juice or cider
  • ½ cup plus 2 Tbs. sugar
  • ½ vanilla bean, split
  • 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.

November 2011 p.73

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comments

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/

vt_editor - 2013-11-23 16:01:46

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

rhonda - 2013-11-23 11:59:48

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.

Ginny H - 2011-12-12 07:53:26