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
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!
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.
Watermelon is ripe and ready this time of year which means it’s time for Keith Robinson’s delicious batched cocktail recipe, the watermelon spritzer. It’s perfect for spring and summer. Try it this weekend, and let me know what you think. Remember: you can always cut it down for a smaller, more COVID-19 appropriate group. Or just make the entire batch for a weekend of refreshments.
Watermelon Spritzer Serves 12
You will need: – 6 cups watermelon juice
– 1 cups fresh lime juice
– 1 cups mint simple syrup
– 1 bottle white Bordeaux or white burgundy wine
– 1/2 bottle club soda
– Fresh mint, lime slices as garnish
In a pitcher combine all the ingredients and ice and stir. To serve add fresh mint and slice of lime as garnish to each glass.
If you’re joining your girlfriends later this week for a little Galentine’s Day celebration, I wanted to share a quick and festive pomegranate punch for the big day. Think of this sparkling treat like a mimosa, but instead of orange juice, use a yummy mixture of pomegranate and grapefruit juice. The result is a pink mimosa that is perfectly ladylike…but let’s be real, I’m sure guys will love it too.
Let me know if you give it a try for Galentine’s Day, or any other event coming up this spring.
Sparkling Pomegranate Punch
You will need:
– ½ cup granulated sugar
– ½ cup water
– 2 cups grapefruit juice*
– 1 cup pomegranate juice – such as POM
– 1 bottle Rose Champagne, well chilled
– Pomegranate arils to garnish
Heat the sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat – until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from the heat and cool completely. Refrigerate until cold – at least 2 hours. Combine the simple syrup, grapefruit juice, and pomegranate juice in a large pitcher and chill for at least 1 hour.
Combine 2 ounces of the grapefruit mixture with 4 ounces of the chilled rose in a champagne flute. Garnish with a few pomegranate arils.
*Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice is simply stunning in this festive take on a traditional mimosa, but for a time-saver look for fresh squeezed grapefruit juice in the produce section of your local market.
I am so excited to have the bubbly and vivacious Cheryl Day here today, sharing her favorite cocktail. Cheryl owns the incredible Back in the Day bakery, along with her cute husband Griff. Their bakery is recognized nationally and locally for its homespun decadent desserts and delicious rustic breads, as well as the warm and friendly atmosphere that has made them a food landmark. Cheryl’s enthusiasm for enriching lives through the time-honored art of scratch baking is one of her most enduring qualities, along with a few dance moves from her Soul Train days. She is the co-author of The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook, Artisan books. In short she’s a gem.
We live in Savannah, Georgia. I live a baker’s life, rising early in the A.M, working long hours, baking great food for good people. So when I want an end of the week cocktail, I keep it simple and I go straight for my giggle punch to wind down from a long week… cheers! – Cheryl
fresh orange slices
1 shot P&H hibiscus soda syrup (use crème de cassis in a pinch!)
my favorite champagne Veuve Clicqout
Simply pour shot into a glass, top with champagne, and garnish with an orange slice!