Cranberry Sauced

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
  • ¾ cup spiced simple syrup
  • ¾ cup Cointreau
  • ¼ 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
About the Author
Anna Archibald

Archibald has been writing about spirits and cocktails since 2012. She worked behind the stick in Colorado and New York after graduating with a Journalism degree from the University of Kansas in 2010. Her handiwork has appeared in, SHAPE, and more. Archibald also edits the blog for New Women New Yorkers, a non-profit devoted to helping women immigrants.

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