Vegetarian Holiday Fare: Mulled Holiday Cider

| October/November 1993

Makes 1 1/4 quarts 

This sweet and spicy punch is a healthful nonalcoholic beverage that will complement any holiday meal.

• 32-ounce bottle apple juice
• 10 leaves pineapple sage
• 15 leaves lemon verbena
• 1/8 teaspoon aniseed, ground
• 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
• 1 cinnamon stick for the recipe and
• 1 for each guest
• 1/2 cup canned (unsweetened) or fresh pineapple
• 1/2 cup peeled, diced pears

1. In a noncorrodible pot, bring apple juice to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and add remaining ingredients. Simmer for 30 minutes, or longer for stronger flavor.

2. Remove the cinnamon stick, fruit, and herb leaves.

3. Serve with a cinnamon stick in each mug.

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