Pear Cinnamon Cider Punch
• 2 quarts of Pear Cinnamon Cider (found at Trader Joe's)
• 1 bottle of sweeter bubbly (we used Asti Spumante)
• 1 cup of cinnamon liquor (we used Fireball)
• 1 Granny Smith apple
Chill all of the liquids in the fridge. We actually put the cinnamon whiskey in the freezer, since the high alcohol content will keep it from freezing.
Pour the bubbly in a punch bowl first, then slowly add the pear cinnamon cider and the cinnamon liquor. Slice the apple very thin and add to the punch. Serve with a ladle into punch cups or wine glasses. I do not suggest adding ice to the punch bowl, because it will water it down. However, your guests could put ice in their individual glasses if they like it more chilled.
I used the apple because that was all I had in my fruit stand that night for garnishing. I added 4 more whole apples to the bottom of the stand for decoration. You could use a pear instead; but I really like the tartness of the Granny Smith, and the green color makes the punch really "pop".
The punch was a huge hit at our gathering, and I plan on making it again very soon, (New Year's Eve, anyone??). It filled my punch bowl; but for a smaller portion, you could easily half the recipe and serve it in a pitcher.
Linked to: Create Craft Love; Live.Laugh.Rowe; A Bowl Full of Lemons