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Scarlet Punch: A Thanksgiving Drink For The Whole Family

November 23, 2011

So the big feast is tomorrow and you need a drink to serve the masses.  Something that doesn’t need a lotta fuss but will get everyone fixed along with the fixin’s.  Well let’s do a punch.  A punch is a great way to get everyone a drink without having to place Uncle Jerry the family “bartender” who tends more to his drink than everyone else’s.

This does take a little planning, so start early.

SHOPPING LIST

  • I bottle cranberry juice
  • 1 bottle Sparking apple cider
  • Whole clove
  • whole allspice
  • 1 orange
  • apple, cranberries  or other decorative fruits (optional)
  • Booze of choice (we’ll get there in a few)

First make an Ice Mold: get a large container (1/2 a milk jug, Tupperware, plastic jello mold) and fill it 3/4 with water and set in the freezer.  Don’t worry, your turkey should be thawing somewhere else.  Toss a few cranberries and apple slices in there as well to make it decorative.

Next step: In a saute pan over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of whole allspice, and 1 tablespoon of whole cloves (couple cinnamon stocks is good too) until fragrant.  Meanwhile put 1 container of cranberry juice in a pitcher.  Once the spices are fragrant, toss them into the pitcher.  Take one orange and slice into wheels, nad toss in the pitcher as well.  Now put everything in the fridge til the next day.

Last Step”  When you are ready to serve, pour the contents of the pitcher into a punch bowl, gently add your ice mold, then top with 1/2 a bottle of sparking cider.

But what about the booze?  No worries!  This punch is designed for fun for the whole family. Have the booze to the side (and away from Uncle Jerry) so the kiddos feel included.

What should the booze be:  In this punch I like 1 oz bourbon, and 1/2 oz Southern Comfort (yeah I have one of those stories too, but don;t worry, this is good!).  Brandy is yummy as is Spiced or gold rum.

Wanna see a vid of me making The Scarlet Punch?  SantaFe.com and I have teamed up for a new video series called “Straight Up with the Santa Fe Barman”

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