How to Make the Perfect Holiday Punch
Let’s be honest. Sometimes it’s a little awkward when you walk into a relative’s home to spend your holiday with a bunch of family members you haven’t seen since this time last year, but it always soothes the nerves a little when you see a big bowl of boozy holiday punch sitting on the table. Here’s everything you need to know about making the perfect holiday punch to put everyone at ease.
Know Your Audience: Is your family more reserved or a little on the wild side? If your visiting family members are more low-key, keep the punch simple with mild amounts of alcohol. If they tend to party harder, you can take it up a notch. Will there be a lot of kids? Then maybe you should stay away from red or brightly colored punches in case of accidents. Knowing who will be home for the holidays can give you a good idea of where to start.
Choose the Theme: Holidays are such a wonderful time to be alive. Whether you’re all about fall and live for pumpkin spice everything or you’re more fond of Christmas, the theme is important when picking a recipe and deciding how you’re going to present it. Even if the punch is something simple, you can really get people in the holiday spirit with themed serving dishes, garnishes, and drink selections.
Make it Easily Accessible: You can bet that the first thing people will want to know is where they can find the alcohol. Make it visible so people know they are welcome to help themselves and settle in. There’s nothing more inviting than a large display of food and drinks for your guests.
Find the Perfect Recipe: Now this, ladies and gentlemen, is the most crucial thing to consider. Now that you have your theme and you know you’re audience, you can decide on the right recipe to make sure you go down in family history as the master of holiday punch. Here Is a recipe that is festive, delicious, and is sure to keep the family getting along.
Pomegranate Orange Punch (serves 4 to 6)—Courtesy of https://www.howsweeteats.com
1 bottle of semi-dry champagne
8 ounces of pomegranate juice
8 ounces of ginger beer
4 ounces of orange juice
2 ounces of vanilla ginger syrup
2 oranges, thinly sliced
⅓ cup of pomegranate arils
Combine all ingredients together in large pitcher or bowl and serve over ice. Be sure to make it right before guests arrive because the champagne will lose carbonation if you make it too far in advance. Put orange slices inside each glass before the ice. After filling the glass with ice and punch, sprinkle the top with pom seeds.