The hardest part of any party menu for me is determining what drinks to serve. Finding a soda that pleases everyone is almost impossible so I often find myself purchasing many, many bottles (and spending a fortune as a result). Serving coffee would seem to be more cost effective but often guests won’t want coffee late in the evening. That’s part of why I love punch; it’s celebratory, decorative and most people enjoy it.
My favorite winter punch recipe is my low carb/calorie version of Cranberry Cinnamon Punch.
8 cups hot water
1 1/2 cups Splenda
4 cups Diet Oceanspray Cranberry Juice
1/2 cup DaVinci Gourmet Sugar Free Cinnamon Syrup
3/4 cup Tropicana 50 Orange Juice
Place all ingredients in crock pot on low for two hours. Serve hot.
I have a terrific snowman drink dispenser which keeps drinks hot and serve this every year at our team Christmas party. I also just make it to drink at home. Yum! Even though it is diet, it is very sweet and I have never once had anyone complain. Most people don’t know it is a low calorie version of a pretty high calorie drink. The sugar free syrup can be ordered online here.
For the high calorie version simply substitute the non-diet juice versions, replace Splenda with sugar and the cinnamon syrup with red hot candies.
Another popular favorite around the holidays is Traders Punch. My mom served this every year at church Christmas events and it was always a huge hit.
2 c. orange juice
2 c. lemon juice
2 c. grenadine syrup
2 1/2 qt. chilled ginger ale
Lemon or other fresh fruit, sliced
Combine orange juice, lemon juice, and grenadine syrup and pour over block of ice. Just before serving, pour ginger ale down side of bowl. Add fruit.
No punch list would be complete without the crowd pleaser sherbert punch.
1 Pint Sherbert (flavor depends on the flavor you desire)
1 Liter Bottle Lemon Lime soda
Can be spiced up by adding a bottle of champagne.
So do you have a favorite drink you serve around the holidays? Please share the recipe!
– Maggie AAR