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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