Thursday, December 29, 2011

Thirsty Thursday: Punch Anyone?

I found this recipe in the December 2011 issue of Sunset magazine while I was waiting for my ultrasound today! I had to do SOMETHING to keep my mind off my full bladder - you have to drink 2 glasses of water one hour before the ultrasound and hold it until after they get a few measurements. Not the easiest thing to do, especially when you are already peeing more than usual. It's perfect for a New Years party and reminds me of a grown up spoaty with the pears floating in it.

By the way - the ultrasound was great, Little Toot put on a good show with lots of waving and kicking. Can't wait to meet this kid in May!

Cheers and Happy New Year!

2 bottles (750 ml each) sweet Riesling
2 cans (11.5 oz each) pear nectar
1 1/2 cups pear vodka
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 slightly underripe red and green pears, thinly sliced
1 bottle (750 ml) brut sparkling wine

Mix all ingredients except sparkling wine in a pitcher. Chill until ready to serve, at least one hour and up to one day ahead. To serve, pour into a large punch bowl, add sparkling wine and ice cubes. For a less sweet version, use a semi-dry Riesling instead.


  1. Love your ultrasound news, all of Lil' Toot's Fairy's are just beside themselves with excitement!

    And this recipe sounds so delicious! Just today I was trying to figure out what cocktail would be best to bring to our New Year's Eve party and I think this is it. You can't go wrong with a Sunset recipe!

    Happy New Year!

  2. You have a lot to celebrate this NYE, Rachel! I'm so excited for you. This drink looks refreshing!