Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Let's drink to Fall....

The winds have shifted, the frogs have stopped singing and I'm feeling that crisp bite of Autumn in the air. Fall reminds me of nature and connecting with Mother Earth as she subtlety changes her hues to vibrant colors of reds, oranges and yellows. I'm going to my girlfriend's house on Saturday for a visit. We usually cook something up together and I thought it would be fun to make this Autumn Punch by Better Homes and Gardens. Love the flavors!

Autumn Punch

Ingredients

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

Directions:

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.)

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

I am actually liking that non-alcoholic version. :)

Let's drink to Fall!


Photo and recipe courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

15 comments:

Nora Johnson said...

I'll drink to Fall! Both versions, alcoholic & non acoholic, look divine!

Have a time at yr friend's on Saturday!

xxLOLA:)

Dustjacket Attic said...

I could just drink all three right now! Love your pinup girl.
xoxo

Tracey said...

Just looking at those glasses makes me want fall to get here!! Love the look and the recipe. I'm going to try it soon. Don't you love how colors change and the air gets crisp!! I do.. it's my favorite season.

Anya said...

Its my favorite seoson Fall :)
Not to hot not to cold .... LOL

Maggi said...

That sounds delicious! Have fun with your friend this weekend!

Randi Troxell said...

Mmm... sounds great! i love fall!

Sophie said...

I love to drink to the beginning of the fall!!

I can't wait to cook & bake with the fruits & vegetables of the fall & winter!

Cheers!

GypsyFox The Glamorous Betty Crocker said...

YUMMY!!! thanks for sharing this lovely recipe which I am sure I will add to my recipe folder! =)

Melissa Miller said...

Yummy! Michelle this looks and sounds so wonderful! I'll be trying this for a party very soon. Thank you for sharing it with us.

I'm so ready to decorate for Fall! Come on cooler weather. :)

Have a blesed Holiday weekend,
~Warmly, Melissa :)

Melissa Miller said...

A "blessed" weekend.
Oops! Typo...:)

Heather said...

cheers!

Jasmim said...

It looks so delicious!

Dawn said...

nooooo Fall! noooo! we only had like 3 weeks of summer. I want some more summer please. No fall, but let's have these drinks. LOL!!

Allison said...

Love Gewurztraminer! Yum!

Chatelaine said...

Sounds great. I will try it. Can't wait for Fall.

Enjoy your weekend!