Sleigh Driver

Featured in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on December 24, 2014.



Sleigh Driver

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 piece (2 inches) fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 3 pears, chopped into bite-size pieces, divided
  • 2 quarts apple cider
  • 1 Meyer lemon, halved and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon ground allspice
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla


Combine water, sugar, ginger, and 1 pear in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Strain out the solids and return the mixture to the pan. Add the remaining pears, cider, lemon, and allspice and heat over medium-high heat, stirring often, for 15 minutes. Add cranberries and vanilla and reduce the heat to medium-low (the liquid should be simmering, do not boil). Let simmer for 10 minutes more. Makes 10 servings.

Approximate Nutrient Analysis per serving:
190 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 25 mg sodium, 47 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 38 g sugar, 0 g protein


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