Cranberry Sauced

Cranberry cocktail
Photo by Aaron Graubart / Styling by Julia Lea

Turkey without cranberry sauce is borderline blasphemy. This refreshing cranberry-pear punch is a handy way to wash down everything from bird to oyster stuffing. Plus, it’s fortified with plenty of pear brandy and orange liqueur to keep the entire family mellow, at least until dessert. While any fruity red wine will work, Garnacha is used here for its juicy qualities.

  • 2 cups cranberries
  • 2 pears, sliced
  • 1 orange, cut into chunks
  • Âľ cup spiced simple syrup
  • Âľ cup Cointreau
  • ÂĽ cup pear brandy
  • 1 bottle fruity red wine

In a bowl, combine the cranberries, pears, orange, spiced syrup,  Cointreau and pear brandy. Mix thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate for at least 5 hours or, preferably, overnight. Transfer to a pitcher or punch bowl. Add the bottle of red wine and stir thoroughly. Refrigerate to chill. Serve with the marinated fruit.


Spiced Simple Syrup Ingredients
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 whole star anise pods
  • 8 allspice berries
  • 1 cinnamon stick
Spiced Simple Syrup Directions

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Stirring constantly, bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let steep for 10 minutes. Strain and discard the solids. Let cool.

Published on December 8, 2015