Thanksgiving Star Cider Punch

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Author Notes: Far from the usual, this warm punch is made with pear nectar, red wine, and honey that's steeped with star anise and dried hibiscus blossoms. Star anise, gives it a licorice-like flavor. Kukla

Serves 8

  • • 1cup dried hibiscus blossoms
  • • 4 cups pear nectar
  • • 2 cups red wine
  • • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • • 1 cup star anise
  • • 1/3 cup honey
  • • star anise, fresh pear wedges, if desired
  1. Pour 2 cups boiling water over 1/2 cup dried hibiscus blossoms (Jamaica) and let steep 5 minutes. Meanwhile, warm 4 cups pear nectar, 2 cups red wine, 1/4 cup lemon juice, and 2 star anise over low heat.
  2. Strain hibiscus infusion into a large pitcher, add pear nectar mixture, and stir in 1/3 cup honey. Serve warm in mugs. Garnish each serving with a whole star anise and fresh pear wedges if you like.
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almost 3 years ago Kukla

Those two punch recipes (“Thanksgiving Star Cider Punch” and “Apricot-Apple Cider Punch”) are very old-fashioned, I found them in a Russian Food Encyclopedia, which my Mom got as a gift in 1955 and it has 960 pages of every type of food, preparation tips, serving suggestions and much-much more. But since it is written in Russian, I have to translate and make each recipe a couple times to figure out measurements correctly.

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almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Never would have thought to use hibiscus, it sounds wonderful with pear and star anise. Delicious!

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almost 3 years ago Kukla

Those two punch recipes (“Thanksgiving Star Cider Punch” and “Apricot-Apple Cider Punch”) are very old-fashioned, I found them in a Russian Food Encyclopedia, which my Mom got as a gift in 1955 and it has 960 pages of every type of food, preparation tips, serving suggestions and much-much more. But since it is written in Russian, I have to translate and make each recipe a couple times to figure out measurements correctly.