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Easy Holiday Punch Recipes

Easy Holiday Punch Recipes

As much fun as it is to host friends and family, entertaining can be overwhelming. I am always looking for ways to make things simpler to avoid the stress.  Serving a holiday punch puts the merry back in the holidays.  A good holiday punch eliminates the fuss of setting up a full bar.  Here are three easy holiday punch recipes you can serve at your next festive gathering. Cheers!

 

Apple Cider Bourbon Punch

Apple Cider Bourbon Punch

Vino 301 served this punch at one of our client’s holiday party recently.  It was a big hit!!! We served the  punch cold and rimmed the glasses with a cinnamon sugar mixture. For an additional surprise, a splotch of caramel was added to the bottom of the glass. The Apple Cider Bourbon Punch can be served warm too. The warm punch will melt the caramel adding a new flavor element.  If you serve it warm, remember to keep the heat low.  You do not want cook away the alcohol.

 

Ingredients

3 Cinnamon sticks

9 Cloves

1 Star Anise

4 cups Apple cider

1 cup Orange juice (no pulp)

1 cup sugar

½ cup Bourbon or to taste

 

Optional

Orange slices

Cinnamon sugar mixture

caramel

 

Directions:

In a large pitcher or punch bowl, combine all ingredients and garnish with orange slices. Before serving rim your glasses with cinnamon sugar mixture, and place a dollop of caramel in the bottom of the glass for an added treat. Serves 10 – 15 people

 

Ornament Punch

photo credit: delish

Ornament Punch

This cocktail reminds me of a Christmas tree decorated with all of the lights and ornaments.  It sparkles, and has traditional red and green colors…hence the name Ornament Punch.  This recipe calls for sparkling wine.  Remember, it is okay to select an inexpensive wine. Select a dry sparkling wine.

 

Ingredients

2 Granny Smith apples, chopped

1 c. whole fresh cranberries

1 c. green grapes, halved

1 c. pomegranate seeds

2 c. sparkling white grape juice

1 bottle sparkling wine (e.g., Cava or Prosecco)

 

DIRECTIONS

In a large pitcher or punch bowl, combine apples, cranberries, grapes, and pomegranate seeds. Pour over sparkling grape juice and champagne and stir, then serve.  Serves 8 – 10 people

 

 

Ginger Spritz

photo credit: bon appetit

Ginger Spritz

If you are not keen on serving a punch, have a signature cocktail.  Set up a self-serve cocktail station. The Ginger Spritz is a simple four ingredients recipe. It has my new favorite aperitif, Lillet (lee-lay).  Lillet is made from Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes.  It is flavored with herbs, citrus, spices and fortified with citrus liqueur (17% ABV).  Lillet goes a long way. You do not need generous portions. Also, it should always be served chilled.  Try Ginger Spritz recipe courtesy of bon appétit.

 

INGREDIENTS

1 thin slice peeled ginger

2 oz. Lillet Blanc

3 oz. sparkling wine (e.g., Cava or Prosecco)

Splash of ginger beer

 

DIRECTIONS

Place ginger slice against the inside of a rocks glass, fill with ice, and add Lillet and sparkling wine. Top off with ginger beer and stir gently to combine. Single serving.

 

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