Winter Punch

Winter Punch Recipe

It's a bit unclear how it happened, but well over a decade has passed on this site without a punch recipe. Punch, in theory, is a wonderful thing. One of the most communal beverage experiences, everyone ladling from a single bowl, it's brilliant. A good bowl of punch magnetically draws a party close, becoming the best sort of centerpiece. Pretty, festive, and ready to drink - it's too bad so many punches go off the rails. It's also funny that while I have opinions about punch, I never have a great answer when friends ask for a favorite punch recipe. So, I thought it was just the time of year to pull together one I'd be excited to share. I knew I wanted to make a winter punch here, but not holiday per see. Citrusy, with a hint of herbaceousness, avoiding the warming, spicy angle completely. I went for an all-purpose punch - a bowl that could liven up parties, brunches, showers - something that would be suitable to ring in the new year. It would be a punch that wouldn't wreck the imbiber if he or she happened to go a few sips too far. I imagined it the palest pink (pink grapefruit?), or soft yellow (pomelo?). A little sweet, a little sour, dance on the tongue, light up the eyes...here's where we landed.

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I knew we'd want a couple of big ice floats, so I dug around the pantry for anything that might lend an interesting shape. Enameled metal cake pans did the job brilliantly. I filled two of them 3/4 full and left them in the freezer over night. A quick dunk in a bowl of warm water released them from their molds, no problem.

Winter Punch Recipe

Happy holidays all, and cheers! .+*!~*. xo -h

Winter Punch

Use whatever citrus you like here, we did a blend of 2/3 cara cara orange juice + 1/3 grapefruit juice. The cara cara lent the beautiful blush color, but you can also get that from pink grapefruit. On the gin front, I used St. George Botanivore gin for its green herbaceousness. And don't bother splashing out on the sparkling wine, something tasty, but not overly-pricey is just fine.

1 750-ml bottle of prosecco
2 cups / 480 ml freshly squeezed citrus juice, strained
1 cup gin
1/2 cup rosemary simple syrup (below), or to taste*

1 - 2 tablespoons fresh ginger juice (grate peeled ginger and press through a strainer to collect the juice)

sparkling water to taste, 1-2 cups, or so
a few rosemary sprigs
plenty of ice

In a large bowl combine the prosecco, citrus juice, and gin. You'll build and adjust the flavor balance from here. Add most of the 1/2 cup rosemary syrup, stir well, and taste. Add more if needed. Stir in 1 tablespoon of the ginger juice, stir, taste, and add more if needed. Dilute with sparkling water (your guests will thank you!!), stir, taste again and adjust with more syrup or ginger juice if you like. Serve in a punch bowl with plenty of ice, and a few rosemary sprigs, keeping in mind that the ice will dilute the punch more over time. This recipe is easily doubled or tripled depending on how many people you're serving.

*To make rosemary simple syrup: 1 cup of water, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons of fresh rosemary needles in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer for 3-5 minutes, or long enough for the sugar to dissolve. Remove from heat and let infuse for 10 minutes. Strain into a jar until ready to use. You can also use honey in place of the sugar.

Prep time: 10 minutes

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  • Love the cups, love the bowl. I want them both. Can't wait to try the punch, Merry Christmas!

    Barbara
  • I wouldn't call this a good punch for a shower. The pregnant lady couldn't drink it. Not fair! :)

    Ashley
  • This sounds amazing. Would it be as good without the gin?

    Leslie
  • This sounds fantastic, Heidi! I love that you stayed away from the typical warm spices. Bright and cheery is the way to go :)

    DessertForTwo
  • This looks perfect! Thank you for sharing, Heidi.

    Alanna
  • You introduced me to rosemary simple syrup 2 years ago...I think - and it has become a Christmas favorite to add to a bubbly wine. I am also a ginger fan and make my own ginger syrup for ginger soda. I'm thinking of keeping a jar of the mix minus alcohol and making a Christmas cocktail of the mix and wine or gin through the holiday weeks. This mix sounds both refreshing and warming - perfect - Thank you!

    Liz
  • You had me at prosecco.... I love citrus paired with rosemary. Thanks for sharing this - I've got Christmas beverage checked off my list now!

    Kasha @ The FarmGirl Cooks
  • Add almost anything to Prosecco and it will be a winner, however this combination looks incredible! I imagine ginger and rosemary bring in a welcome savoury note.

    Julia@Vikalinka
  • Love the idea of this Heidi - it's like a boozy version of the citrus and ginger juice from the Rose Bakery book. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

    KateP
  • I love the touch of rosemary you added; a summery flavor that looks very holiday-ish (you know, the green and the fact that it kind of reminds of a pine tree branch)

    Mike
  • bubbly! gin! citrus! ginger! rosemary!! all the things i love in one bowl. brilliant! and so pretty too - it's a great idea to use beautiful (larger-than-regular-ice-cube) cake molds to make ice floats. can't wait to give it a go! thanks for sharing and happy holidays to you too! x

    chika
  • Lovely flavours - reminds me of your soup with the rosemary ginger butter which has become a firm favourite in our house. And a little of a French 75, but much easier on the head. Bookmarked!

    Sophie
  • I instantly loved the flavors of your punch. i think they have fallen out of fashion since the rise of the fruity boozy pop drink and the lack of school dances. Nothings says we are friends more than a drink over the punch bowl

    Belinda@themoonblushbaker
  • this looks incredible.

    Leah
  • I just ordered a case of organic pomelos. I think some of them will end up in this!

    Heather
  • This punch sounds brilliant! So much better than the typical soda and sherbet concoctions, and especially appropriate for those of us with orange trees in our backyards. :) Yay!

    Eileen
  • Well I've only posted 1 punch (and it was sangria so that's not technically punch) in 5 years. I need to get on that, too! :) This looks great - with the proseco, the ginger, rosemary..., mmm I bet this goes down super easily! pinned

    Averie @ Averie Cooks
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