Fun Friday Cocktail – Autumn Punch

 This would be a good one for Thanksgiving!
 Makes 10 to 12 servings.

  • 2 –  teaspoons whole cloves
  • 1/2 –  of a vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 1 –   64 ounce bottle apple-cranberry juice
  • 4 –   medium purple and/or green plums, pitted and sliced
  • 1  – 750 mL 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.) 
    Nonalcoholic Option:Substitute two  cans chilled ginger ale for the Gewurztraminer, and serve over ice.