Christmas entertaining should be fuss-free while festive and dramatic. A quality punch is a great way to offer a tasty drink without having the fuss of making individual drinks for each guest. Who doesn't know how to manage a punch bowl and ladle? This recipe is simple to construct and the flavors created are much more than you would expect – making you the host of the year.
Peel of one orange
A cinnamon stick
4 whole cloves
1/4 cup of chopped ginger
1/2 cup of water & 1/2 cup of sugar
1 750ml bottle of hard cider
1 quart of cranberry juice
1 liter of club soda
8 oz. Aged Dark Rum
The name sort of gives it away – doesn't it? It's great for any winter party as the spice dose mimics the classic holiday fruit cake.
Add the orange zest, cinnamon sticks, cloves, ginger, water, and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring and bring to a boil until the sugar has dissolved. Reduce heat to low for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow the spice mix to steep for an hour. Strain the solids away and add the spices syrup to the punch bowl followed by the remaining ingerdients.
Please feel free to add your own flare. Adding sliced fruit and cranberries to the punch bowl is surely festive.
Source: Sean Ludford, BevX