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Holiday Punch

Life_D16-16If you’re looking for an easy beverage that provides guests a refreshing treat plus adds to your holiday décor, consider a large bowl of festive holiday punch.

Punch also offers a great non-alcoholic choice (with vodka or gin as an option to add into individual servings).

From simple to fancy, here are 4 recipes. Remember to keep ingredients cold, and instead of using ice cubs, freeze water in a bundt pan so you have a “ring of ice” that keeps the punch cold throughout your event! Freeze raspberries or mint leaves in the ice for extra flavour and a festive touch.

If you don’t have a punch bowl, a large glass bowl with a ladle or a glass pitcher works well!

Fresh and Festive – Less sugar and fewer calories than some – a great choice when you’re serving rich food and desserts.

  • 2 cups of pure 100% cranberry juice
  • 2 litres of club soda Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries

Mix the above in your punch bowl and then add:

  • 1 kiwi, peeled and sliced 1 orange, thinly sliced

Merry and Bright

  • 4 cups cranberry juice 1 bottle sparkling cider
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
  • 1 litre ginger ale 12 oz vodka (optional)

Sparkly Pear (for adults only!)

  • 2 cups pear nectar 1 cup apple juice
  • 2 bottles of Prosecco or sparkling wine
  • Garnish with sliced pears and serve chilled.

Honey-Green Tea 

  • 8 regular-size ginger-flavoured green tea bags
  • 4 cups boiling water 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 (2-liter) bottle ginger ale, chilled
  • Steep tea bags in boiling water according to package directions.
  • Stir in honey and sugar until dissolved and cool completely (about 2 hours).
  • Combine tea, chilled ginger ale, and fresh lemon juice. Serve with ice.

Orange Sherbet Punch – This is a delightful treat for all ages and is a perfect complement to a plate of gingerbread cookies!

  • 1/2 gallon orange sherbet
  • 1 (6 oz) can frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1 (2 litre) bottle ginger ale

Keep all ingredients cold before mixing together. It’s also best to chill your punch bowl as well. Place sherbet and juice in the bowl first, allow to thaw about 10 minutes, then add the ginger ale.

Punch “Tips”

  1. Soda water, ginger ale or cranberry ginger ale make great sparkling additions.
  2. A tart juice, like grapefruit or cranberry, helps mix the flavours and cut the sweetness.
  3. Always pour carbonated additions slowly down the side of the bowl so you keep the fizz!
  4. If the supply runs low, add more pop. You can also keep a supply of the concentrate juice in the refrigerator so you don’t have to mix on the spot.
  5. It’s a good idea to place a small place card in front of the bowl listing the ingredients.