Wine Down Wednesday :: Sparkling Autumn Punch

October 19, 2011 § 3 Comments

I have to share with you this delicious and beautiful drink made two different ways. I found this lovely recipe in the old trusty Southern Living. Here’s what you need…

1 Bartlett pear

3 Small apples

3 Fresh plums, cut into wedges

1/2 cup cane syrup

2 (4-inch) rosemary sprigs

1 vanilla bean, split

1 (750-milliliter) bottle Chianti

1 (750-milliliter) bottle sparkling white wine, chilled

1. Cut pear lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices, cutting from stem end through the bottom.

2. Stir together the pear, apples, plums, and next 3 ingredients in a 3-qt glass container until fruit is coated. Gradually stir in Chianti. Cover and chill 8-24 hours.

3. Stir in sparkling white wine just before serving. Serve over ice. Garnish with rosemary, if desired.

Autumn Punch, Round Two:

I recently served this at a lunch, so I decided to make it non-alcoholic. It was a hit! Here’s my little variation…

1 Bartlett pear

3 small honey crisp apples

1/2 cup vanilla syrup (found in the coffee aisle)

1 bottle of cran-apple juice

1/2 bottle peach-pear Italian soda

1 bottle sparkling white grape juice

Rosemary sprigs (for garnish)

Fun, little trick: I made little cran-apple ice cubes so the punch wouldn’t get watered down!

1. Prepare as directed in the first recipe. Serves 12-16

Look at us, with our cute little autumn punch!

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