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Ginger Apritinis

 Ginger Apritinis
Our home economists developed this recipe for folks who want to offer guests an adult-style beverage without the alcohol. The simple syrup is enhanced with gingerroot and vanilla bean.
16 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 4 cups sugar
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh gingerroot
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 4 cups apricot nectar, chilled
  • 3 cups white cranberry juice, chilled
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, water and ginger. Split
  • vanilla bean and scrape seeds; add bean and seeds to sugar mixture.
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir for 1 minute. Remove
  • from the heat; cover and let stand for 20 minutes. Strain mixture,
  • discarding ginger and vanilla bean. Refrigerate until chilled.
  • In a large pitcher, combine the remaining ingredients; stir in sugar
  • mixture. Serve in cocktail glasses. Yield: 16 servings (3 quarts).
To Make Ahead: Prepare the ginger syrup up to a week in advance; cover and store in the refrigerator.
Nutritional Facts: 3/4 cup equals 255 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 3 mg sodium, 66 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.