Enjoy the spicy sweetness of warm mulled cider with a twist: the flavor of another fall fruit, pears. In a saucepan, combine 4 cups pear nectar (found in the juice aisle at most grocery stores), 2 cinnamon sticks, 6 whole cloves, and an inch of fresh ginger, thinly sliced. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high. Cover, remove from heat, and let steep 15 minutes. Strain and serve hot, garnished with a cinnamon stick and a thin slice of pear. For spiked cider, add a shot of pear brandy. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week; reheat to serve.
Treat your guests to festive flavor with this cool trick. In a large bowl, simply fold 2/3 cup pumpkin purée into 1 pint slightly softened vanilla ice cream. (You can also use the paddle attachment of your kitchen mixer on low speed.) Transfer the mixture to a freezer-safe container and let it harden before serving. It’s delicious alone or topped with slices of candied ginger. Store, covered with plastic wrap, in the freezer.