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Video: Christmas Punch: 7 Fruity And Spicy Recipes To Warm Up
Fortunately, we managed to overcome the transition of the seasons thanks to the autumn soups and the anti-stress juices. We now begin to count the remaining days until the end of the year holidays. In addition to the festive menu, fans of family comfort also take care of planning the list of drinks to be served. Indeed, there is something very special about Christmas punch that everyone loves and even sometimes prefers to wine. In addition, this comforting drink comes in a thousand variations without or with alcohol and can be enjoyed even by children. Our editorial staff has prepared a few recipes for you that are a fantastic addition to any Christmas brunch or dinner. However, don't forget to consume alcoholic beverages in moderation!
7 variations of Christmas punch to invite good humor to the table
Its name obviously linked to the Christmas holidays, the warming punch is a very good drink for the whole winter season. According to experts, the classic recipe calls for using a quality wine, not necessarily the most expensive. If you want, serve the fruit pieces preparations without straining with a metal spoon. However, depending on the occasion and the consumer, choose your own style of punch - sherbet, hot and spicy drink, or rather an enhanced version of tea or refreshing lemonade. One thing is for sure - whatever concoction you choose, the Christmas punch bowl acts as the centerpiece that provides diners with the festive spirit to the last drop.
Easy punch recipe for Christmas (versions suitable for adults and children)
Full of fruit and spice flavors, this punch can be made with wine, champagne or alcohol-free (for little ones and people who avoid it), depending on your preference. The recipe also includes several different types of fruit juice.
Some basic tips for a successful recipe
This easy but super delicious drink is a crowd-pleaser and will only take you a few minutes to prepare! You just need to follow our advice:
- Add your spices to apple juice the day before (12-24 hours before serving) so that they have time to release their aromas.
- Just before serving, pour all the juices into your punch bowl along with the wine or champagne, or ginger ale (for the non-alcoholic version).
- Add cinnamon sticks, star anise, fresh cranberries, orange slices and pomegranate arils for an exotic touch.
- Add ice cubes, if desired, and serve in punch glasses or stemless wine glasses.
- 1 cup of apple juice
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- some cloves (optional)
- 2 star anise
- 4 cups of cranberry juice OR 2 cups of cranberry juice and 2 cups of pomegranate juice
- 1 cup of pineapple juice
- 1 cup of orange juice
- 2 to 3 cups of champagne OR ginger ale (use your favorite sparkling wine instead, or try an alcohol-free ginger beer for a spicier version)
- orange slices, cinnamon sticks, cranberries, pomegranate arils and star anise for garnish
- ice cream (optional)
The day before, open the lid of the apple juice container and place the cinnamon sticks, star anise and cloves inside. Replace the lid and store in the refrigerator overnight.
The next day, add the apple juice to the punch bowl along with the cranberry juice, pineapple juice and orange juice. Pour in the champagne or sparkling wine if you want to prepare an alcoholic version. If instead you prefer an alcohol-free version, add soda or ginger beer.
Mix well and add the orange slices, cinnamon sticks, cranberries, pomegranate arils and star anise to the bowl to garnish the Christmas punch. Add ice cubes (optional) and serve.
Finally, all you have to do is close your eyes and remember the smells and tastes of your childhood.
Alcohol-free white Christmas punch
This mouth-watering punch is ideal to combine with traditional Christmas cookies and cookies.
For the drink
- 2 cups of coconut cream
- 2 cups of pineapple juice
- 3 cups white cranberry juice
- 4 cups of ice cubes
For glass decoration
- 3 tablespoons of corn syrup
- ½ cup grated coconut
Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Then, dip the edges of the serving glasses in the corn syrup and after, dip them in the grated coconut. Pour the drink into the glasses. Garnish with more coconut and cranberries if desired. Serve immediately!
Note: This recipe does not include alcohol in order to keep it child-friendly but you can easily add a few shots of rum or vodka to make it a gourmet drink for adults.
Christmas punch recipe with alcohol with milk, mint and white chocolate flavors
This sparkling punch rich in white chocolate presents all the flavors of the festive season. For a winter, thematic edge to your milk punch glasses, crush peppermint candies, dip the edges of the glasses in corn syrup and sprinkle candy crumbs over them.
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 liter of 2% low-fat milk
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1 vanilla pod
- 3 sprigs of fresh mint
- 100 g of chopped white chocolate
- 2 cups of vodka
Bring the cream, milk, sugar and vanilla bean to a boil in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring often. Remove from the heat; add sprigs of mint. Cover and let stand 8 minutes. Discard the mint and vanilla pod. Add the chopped chocolate and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, 2 minutes or until the chocolate is melted. Finally, stir in 2 cups of vodka just before serving.
Christmas punch with champagne and cranberries
If you are not a fan of Cointreau liqueur, do not hesitate to replace it with a little white rum or vodka, and a little orange juice to obtain the same mixture of winter flavors. In addition, it is a versatile cocktail that goes well with a charcuterie platter or Christmas appetizers.
- 9 cl of champagne
- 3 cl of Cointreau orange liqueur
- 5 cl of white cranberry juice
- 4 cl of ginger ale
- 1/2 cup frozen cranberries
First, combine all the ingredients except the champagne and cranberries in a large bowl. Then divide the liquid between two champagne flutes. Add the cranberries and champagne at the end. Guests should vigorously stir their cocktail before the first sip!
Hot Christmas punch recipe with caramel and apple flavors
This cocktail is the perfect winter drink! The delicious blend of vodka, bourbon, and apple juice will definitely keep you warm in freezing temperatures. Just imagine yourself sipping this tasty drink in front of the fireplace while the snow is falling outside. The decorated and sparkling Christmas tree, you feel the holiday spirit.
- 1 1/2 cup caramel vodka
- 2 liters of apple juice
- 1/2 cup bourbon
- 2-3 cinnamon sticks
- whipping cream to garnish
Combine the vodka, apple juice, bourbon and cinnamon sticks in a pot. Heat over high heat and simmer for a few minutes over low heat. When you're ready to drink, pour the punch into heat-resistant mugs and drop a big dollop of whipping cream on top.
Christmas rum punch with tropical flavors
This tropical punch will make you feel like you're sitting under a palm tree on an exotic island and warm your heart on cold winter evenings.
- 3 cups of white rum
- 1/2 cup grenadine syrup
- 2 cups of orange juice
- 1 1/2 cup pineapple juice
- 1/4 cup coconut cream
- 1 1/2 cup ginger beer
- 4 cups of sparkling water
- 2 oranges, thinly sliced
- 1 cup of fresh cranberries
- 3-4 cups of ice cubes
In a punch bowl, combine the rum, grenadine, orange juice, pineapple juice, coconut cream and ginger beer until well blended. Add sparkling water one cup at a time to adjust to taste. Place the orange slices, cranberries and ice cream in the bowl and serve.
Traditional egg punch for Christmas (eggnog)
Indeed, you can easily double or even triple this recipe and keep the punch in mason jars in the refrigerator throughout the month of December. Bourbon keeps the drink from spoiling too quickly, and the cream and alcohol flavors blend in more and more the longer the preparation stays in the fridge.
- 6 large eggs (yolks separated from whites)
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 cups of whipping cream
- 2 liters of whole milk
- 1 to 2 cups of good quality bourbon
- 1 1/2 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 grated nutmeg
In a small bowl, beat the egg yolks and 1/2 cup of the sugar until thickened.
In a larger bowl, combine the egg whites with 1/4 cup of the sugar and beat on high power until peaks form, about 5 minutes.
In another bowl, beat whipping cream on high power until peaks form, about 5 minutes.
Gently fold the whipped cream into the egg yolk mixture. Incorporate then the mixture of egg whites.
Gently pour in the milk, bourbon and vanilla, sprinkle with cinnamon and 2/3 of the freshly ground nutmeg.
Pour the punch into a punch bowl and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Just before offering the drink to your guests, garnish each glass with a small pinch of the rest of the ground nutmeg.