Holiday Party Punch

Hi Everyone! It’s Nicole, Annette’s web manager and friend, and I am back today with a little treat for you from the archives: festive holiday party punch.

Here’s the thing: I found out less than a week ago that we are hosting my husband’s family for Christmas this year. Oh, and I’m hosting my family on Christmas Eve. Unfortunately, because of various conflicts, everyone can’t be together at one shindig, so this is the best we can do. Needless to say, my stress meter is a pinch off the charts.

One thing I know I can do to make life easier is to make a batch cocktail, aka, punch. Annette has always stressed the importance of enjoying the party as the hostess, too. That’s part of the fun, right? I plan to make a holiday punch, put everything out on a table, and let guests serve themselves. I might even leave the liquor out, so the kids can get involved, and so the adults can select their libation of choice. Here’s one of Annette’s fabulous holiday party punch recipes. Enjoy!

Holiday Punch
Serves 16

You will need:

– 6 cups Pomegranate Juice
– 4 cups SKYY INFUSIONS CRANBERRY
– 4 cups FRANGELICO
– 1 cup Lime Juice
– 1 cup Orange Juice
– 1 cup Honey syrup
– 1 cup fresh cranberries
– 2 ice cube trays

Honey Syrup:

1 cup water and 1 cup honey boiled and reduced about 10 minutes

Cranberry Ice Cubes:

Fill trays with pomegranate juice and cranberries. As the juice melts, it will only make the cocktail merrier!

Punch:

Mix all ingredients together in a large serving bowl or pitcher. Ladle punch into ice-filled glass.
Garnish with clove stuffed orange slices (or simply with rosemary sprig; the punch’s red color is
gorgeous with this “evergreen” garnish). Serve with cranberry ice cubes.

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Lime Thyme Gimlet

Hi everyone! It’s Nicole, Annette’s web manager and friend. It has been hotter than the surface of the sun the past few days in Atlanta. It’s just approaching that time of year where the heat becomes oppressive, and our air conditioners and fans kick into overdrive. Since the scorchers have only just begun, I’ve started looking for refreshing summer cocktails to keep the heat at bay. Enter the Lime Thyme Gimlet, one of Annette’s archived cocktails.

I’m planning to try it this weekend, and I hope you do too. If you do, let me know what you think!

Lime Thyme Gimlet

You will need:

– 1.25 oz Bombay Sapphire Gin1 oz Fresh squeezed Lime Juice

– 1 oz. Thyme Syrup

– 1 thinly sliced lime

– a sprig of fresh thyme

To prepare:

Pour the gin, lime juice, and thyme syrup into a mixing glass half-filled with ice cubes. Stir well.
Strain the mixture into a cocktail glass and garnish with the lime slice and fresh thyme sprig.

Thyme simple syrup

You will need:

– 2 tablespoons lime zest

– 2 tablespoons lime juice

– 1 cup sugar

– 1 cup water

– sprigs of thyme

To prepare:

Put all ingredients in a small pot, simmer for 10 minutes let cool. The syrup can be stored in a jar for up to 2 weeks.

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Thyme for a Lime Gimlet


As I’ve said before, I often turn to my archives for inspiration, especially for recipes. It’s like combing through your mother’s recipe index only to rediscover a recipe for a dish long-since forgotten. The best part is remembering a dish (or in this case, a drink) as soon as you find it again. That’s exactly what happened with this recipe for my lime gimlet.

A gimlet is a classic cocktail made with gin and lime. Think of it almost as a gin margarita. In this case, I kick it up a notch by adding a bit of thyme simple syrup and fresh thyme sprigs. It’s a refreshing cocktail for summer nights.

Annette’s Lime Gimlet

You will need:
– 1.25 oz Bombay Sapphire Gin
– 1 oz Fresh squeezed Lime Juice
– 1 oz. Thyme Syrup
– 1 thinly sliced lime and a sprig of fresh thyme

For the simple syrup, you will need:
– 1 tablespoons lime zest
– 2 tablespooks lime juice
– 1 cup sugar
– 1 cup water

To prepare simple syrup:
Put all ingredients in a small pot , simmer for 10 minutes let cool. Store in a jar for up to 2 weeks.

To prepare the cocktail:
Pour the gin, lime juice, and thyme syrup into a mixing glass half-filled with ice cubes. Stir well.
Strain the mixture into a cocktail glass and garnish with the lime slice and fresh thyme sprig.

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Backyard Bramble Cocktail

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There are few things better than a simple summer cocktail, and that’s exactly what this Backyard Bramble is. By definition the word “bramble” means “a rough prickly shrub.” Specifically, a bramble often refers to a blackberry bush.

Blackberries are plentiful during the summer which is why this cocktail is perfect for warm summer days. It’s refreshing and delicious. I know you’ll love it as much as I do.

Feel free to try different fruit combinations for making this cocktail your own. Raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries would all be equally as yummy!

Backyard Bramble Cocktail

You will need:
– 6 oz Blackberries (or other fruit of choice)
– Large handful of mint leaves (approx. 12-16 leaves?)
– Juice of half a lemon
– 12 drops or so Meyer lemon bitters
– 4 oz St. Germain elderflower liqueur
– 12 oz Gin
– mineral water or club soda

To prepare: 
 
In a pitcher, muddle blackberries, mint, and lemon juice. Add bitters, St. Germain, and gin. Let sit in the fridge for an hour or so. Strain, and serve over ice topped with mineral water.
Serves 6-8 in small tea glasses.
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Cookout Cocktail:: Negroni Fizz

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Ciao from Italy! As you might already know, I arrived in Italy last week. Since then, I’ve been welcoming guests, preparing our commercial kitchen and guests quarters, and getting ready for a summer of workshops. Needless to say, it’s been a bit crazy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

This weekend is Memorial Day weekend back in the states. Memorial Day weekend often marks the unofficial start to summer. I’m sure many of you will be spending the weekend enjoying cookouts with friends and family.

If you’re entertaining, I’ve got a wonderful festive summer cocktail for you: the Negroni Fizz. Not only is this drink a bold red (perfect for Memorial Day), but it’s a crowd pleaser too.

Mix-up a big batch without the rose and put it in a cute drink dispenser. Then, allow guests to fill their glasses at will. Leave ice buckets of rose nearby for attendees to top their drinks. This will keep the bubbles fresh and add a fun little DIY to the party.

To really make a statement, find some cute blue and white paper straws, too. Super festive and fun.

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Negroni Fizz
Serves 1

You will need:

– 1 ounce Gin
– 1 ounce Martini Sweet Vermouth
– 1 ounce Campari
– 1 1/2 slice of orange for garnish
– Ice cubes
– Martini Sparkling Rose

Instructions:

Combine Martini Rosso and Campari Gin in a shaker filled with ice. Strain into an ice filled tumbler 3/4 full and top off with the Martini Sparkling Rose. Garnish with an orange slice and enjoy.

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Photographs by Kathryn McCrary

This recipe first appeared on Camille Styles.

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