Autumn Punch ~ Signature Cocktail Friday

teaspoons whole cloves
1/2 of a vanilla bean, split lengthwise
64 ounce bottle apple-cranberry juice
medium purple and/or green plums, pitted and sliced
1  750 milliliter bottle Gewurztraminer, or other fruity white wine
*Ice cubes
1.Place cloves and vanilla bean in center of a double-thick 6-inch square of 100-percent-cotton cheesecloth. Bring corners of cloth together; tie closed with clean string. Pour apple-cranberry juice into a large container or pitcher. Add plums and spice bag. Cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours.
2.Remove and discard cheesecloth bag. Stir in Gewurztraminer. Serve beverage and plum slices over ice. (Or omit the ice and heat the juice mixture and wine in a 4-quart Dutch oven until hot. Serve in heatproof mugs.) Makes 10 to 12 servingVariation
*Nonalcoholic Option: Substitute two 12-ounce cans chilled ginger ale for the Gewurztraminer, and serve over ice
Autumn Punch and Photo, Better Homes and Gardens Magazine,

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