Looking for a perfect holiday cocktail? Let’s make punch. Yes, punch!
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This was a well timed gift. I was in search of holiday cocktail inspiration and I opened the book to Cranberry-Tequila Punch. It was meant to be.
The recipe fills a punch bowl – with a traditional ice mold. So old school … and fun. It serves 18. This year we won’t be hosting 18, or even 8 … so we (by we I mean Jim) quartered the recipe and I mixed it in a small pitcher.
This punch is super easy … so let’s get to it.
Start with apple juice and low sugar cranberry juice,
then add …
Reposado Tequila and Prosecco (or any type of Sparkling Wine).
Next add …
Cointreau and Grand Marnier.
Stir everything together …
… and garnish with cranberry rosemary skewers.
Ok, this is easier said than done … here’s a tip. Spear the cranberries with a metal skewer before attempting to thread them onto the rosemary stems.
Ok, this punch is so, so good!
I know it’s going to be a holiday favorite in our house for a long time to come.
The printable version below is Jim’s quartered calculation, and includes a link to the full punch bowl recipe.
- 2 cups Apple Juice, chilled
- 2 cups Low-Sugar Cranberry Cocktail, chilled
- 1 cup Reposado Tequila
- 1/4 cup Cointreau
- 1/4 cup Grand Marnier
- 1/2 375ml Bottle of Prosecco (approx 1.6 cups)
- Rosemary Sprigs
- Fresh Cranberries
- Orange Slices
- Stir together all ingredients in pitcher. Add orange slices and cranberries to your liking.
- Make garnish by stringing cranberries onto rosemary stems. Spear cranberries first with a cocktail pick, this will make it a lot easier to get them oto the stems.
- Pour punch into festive glasses over ice, place garnish on top of glass.
Of all the not-terribly-important-in-the-scheme-of-things I miss this year … holiday parties top the list. But not to worry, next year we’ll be back to our usual shenanigans and there’s plenty of time to acquire a proper punch bowl set. I did some Googling and sure enough punch bowls are still being sold in the usual places, but options are minimal. Replacements, LTD has a nice selection of traditional punch bowls. One Kings Lane does too (pricey). Etsy has everything from the traditional to the kind I remember … with the cups hanging off the side. Vintage stores are probably another great source.
When I was a kid my Auntie Cookie told me that at family weddings it’s an aunt’s job to ‘cut and pour.’ She explained this meant slicing and plating wedding cake and ladling out the punch. These were simpler times. Somewhere I have a photo of my mom standing in front of a punch bowl at my cousin’s wedding … I guess she was carrying out her aunt-ing duties. She kept her punch bowl in the garage, in its original packaging.
Do you (still) have a punch bowl? I did an Instagram poll and 80% responded yes!
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Coming up next week … Snowberry’s less-is-more-holiday decor!
And, take a look at my Christmas Morning Breakfast Table here!
Here’s a sneak peek at our newly planted window boxes and fresh wreaths from our local nursery.
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Happy Holiday’s and Cheers from Snowberry!
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