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Roll with the Punches

 
Orange-Cranberry Sparkling Punch
Total Time: 10 minutes plus chilling • Serves: 8


3 cups ice
12 ounces (1-1/2 cups) cranberry juice, chilled
8 ounces (1 cup) Culinaria refrigerated orange juice
8 ounces (1 cup) vodka
2 ounces (1/4 cup) fresh lemon juice, chilled
1 medium orange, sliced
16 ounces (2 cups) lemon lime soda, chilled


In punch bowl, add ice, cranberry juice, orange juice, vodka, lemon juice and orange slices; slowly add lemon lime soda and stir gently. Makes about 5-3/4 cups.

 
Gin-vincible Punch
Total Time: 10 minutes plus chilling • Serves: 10


8 ounces (1 cup) club soda, chilled
3/4 cup Schnucks granulated sugar
3 cups ice
16 ounces (2 cups) grapefruit juice, chilled
12 ounces (1-1/2 cups) gin
4 ounces (1/2 cup) fresh lemon juice, chilled
4 ounces (1/2 cup) sweet vermouth, chilled
16 ounces (2 cups) sparkling white wine


In punch bowl, stir club soda and sugar until sugar dissolves; add ice. Stir in grapefruit juice, gin, lemon juice and vermouth; slowly add sparkling wine and gently stir. Makes about 7-1/2 cups.

Cook’s Wisdom
Add grapefruit and/or lemon wedges for garnish.

 
Dark Thyme Punch
Total Time: 15 minutes plus chilling • Serves: 10


1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons Schnucks granulated sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
4 sprigs fresh thyme
6 cups ice
32 ounces (4 cups) pineapple juice, chilled
12 ounces (1-1/2 cups) dark rum
8 ounces (1 cup) fresh lime juice, chilled
4 ounces (1/2 cup) blackberry liqueur or brandy
4 ounces (1/2 cup) coconut rum


In small saucepan, stir sugar and water; heat to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer 3 minutes or until clear; do not stir. Add thyme sprigs, cover and steep 5 minutes. Remove and discard thyme sprigs; refrigerate 15 minutes. You should have about 6 tablespoons thyme simple syrup.

In punch bowl, stir ice, pineapple juice, rum, lime juice, blackberry liqueur, coconut rum and thyme simple syrup. Makes about 8 cups.

Punch Tip
Avoid diluting punch by creating an infused ice ring that will enhance flavors and presentation of your holiday refreshment. To create the ice ring, line a gelatin mold with the garnish of your choice such as citrus slices, pomegranate arils, fresh cranberries or fresh herbs then fill with water. A holiday-shaped mold is also a great way to add a festive touch to the ice ring. Freeze until solid, then add another layer of water and freeze for several hours or over night. Run warm water over bottom of mold to release the ice ring from the mold.