A party would not be complete without our family’s Infamous Holiday Punch. Nor, I have learned, would a Cookie Baking Marathon.
The phrase, “Don’t forget the ginger ale,” originated a few years ago when post-punch time became the grown up equivalent of nap time. Delicately put, a few family members starting to ‘nap’ at the party. Everyone was being responsible. No one had more than one or two glasses of punch. Then someone went to make a second batch. Well, there were almost no ingredients left except for the ginger ale! Whoever made the punch the first time forgot to add the ginger ale! I was little at the time, but every time we make punch now, the story is re-told!
From Christmas ornament exchange parties at my aunt and uncle’s house to holiday baking at my parents to a housewarming ‘toga’ party we threw in our first home as a married couple, this punch has made an appearance. I hope it will grace your family’s next big get-together, too.
“Infamous” Holiday Punch
2 L Ginger Ale
1 bottle Champagne
750 mL Rhine Wine
1 c. Apricot Brandy
16 oz mixed berries, frozen in an ice ring (optional)*
Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl. Don’t forget the Ginger Ale! Serve over ice.
*Optional Ice Ring: Break out the bundt pan! Put some water in the the bundt pan, add frozen mixed berries and freeze overnight. Place bundt pan in a shallow dish of warm water to loosen the ice ring, lift pan out of water, invert, tap out ice ring and place in big punch bowl.
*Optional Ice Cubes: Put frozen mixed berries in mini muffin tins. Add water to cover. Freeze a few hours to overnight. Place mini muffin tin in a low shallow dish of warm water to loosen ‘ice cubes.’ Place an ice cube or two in each glass before pouring in the punch.
**You can substitute the water in the ice ring or ice cubes with ginger ale**