Holiday entertaining is in full-force now that Thanksgiving is over; at least it is for us. We are thinking about Christmas as well as New Years Celebrations, what to serve and what to drink. We kicked things off over the Thanksgiving weekend with this fun holiday punch, which we so fondly named after one of Santa’s reindeer, the Blitzen Punch. After all, he is probably the one reindeer who doesn’t get that much recognition!
Templeton Rye reached out to us about working together on some holiday cocktails, particularly a holiday punch. Since we are huge Rye fans we jumped on board, I mean who doesn’t love punch! Punches are plain fun in our opinion, and when you serve one to your guests, they are always smiling. Something fun and sparkly about a punch bowl filled with holiday cheer! Don’t you agree?
We used the essence of winter with this punch recipe by using pure 100% cranberry juice as the base; do not use the sweetened or blended versions. You want full on cranberry tartness. Then we warmed the punch-up with a star anise simple syrup, the acidic came from Meyer Lemon juice and the punch was a good ole bottle of Templeton Rye The Good Stuff. The Good Stuff is warm with hints of caramel and allspice which pairs nicely with tart cranberries.
Definitely a crowd-pleasing Rye as well as a festive holiday punch to serve well into the holidays.
2 Meyer lemons, thinly sliced
12 ounces fresh cranberries
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
3 cups pure 100% cranberry juice
2 cups Templeton Rye
2 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice
The day before making the punch pour the cranberries and lemon slices into a metal bundt pan, then fill halfway with water. Place in the freezer to freeze into an ice ring.
Mix together the sugar, water and star anise together, bring to a boil and cook until the sugar dissolves. Cool. Pour into a glass jar and place into the refrigerator.
The day of the party mix together the cranberry juice, rye, fresh lemon juice and the star anise simple syrup. Stir.
Place the ice ring into a punch bowl and pour in the punch.
** disclaimer Templeton Rye supplied us with a bottle of Rye and compensated us for ingredients, but did not require us to write about it. This write-up and all opinions belong to us.