Sparkling ginger apple punch with muddled cranberries

10.21.13

GingerApplePunch

When we moved into our new place, we promised our friends that we’d throw a barbecue not long after. We also taped up our bathroom with blue painters tape with lofty plans of turning the walls gray. It’s been 7 months since we moved in and we have neither painted our bathroom nor had a gathering larger than 5-7 people. Which is just a shame because our thoughtful friends gave us some great kitchen entertainment wedding gifts that are begging to come out and play. I’ve been most enthused about finally using our handmade glass punch bowl from our friend Pmont.

So eager that I’ve considered making an enormous batch of punch just for myself. This is a big bowl – it barely fits in our fridge. I could probably bathe in the amount of punch it holds. Cut to me sitting solo at the kitchen table, slurping down punch for hours on end. Needless to say, that’s probably too much punch just for one person. Probably still too much even if I added 4 straws and shared it with Lucas and the kitties. I mean, let’s get real, cats can’t use straws. Clearly I’ve been desperate to find a time to pull out the new punch bowl.

SparklingGingerApplePunch

So obviously I jumped at the opportunity  to host when the social committee for my research fellowship group decided to plan a potluck. This party really was all for the punch, of course. It would finally have a time and place to shine. Now that fall is well underway and by 6pm it’s too cold to mingle outside on the deck, a lively summer punch just wouldn’t do. The recipe needed to be sweet and comforting at the same time – a transitional drink between summer and winter with seasonal flavors.

FestiveFallPunch

One sip of this festive punch and I was sold on the move from late summer strawberries to fall apples and cranberries. Lucas likened the flavors to a chilled wassail punch, but with a twist. This recipe is just about as easy as they come – toss the ingredients in a punch bowl and let them get to know one another while it chills.  Tart muddled cranberries, cinnamon-hinted apple cider, spicy sparkling ginger beer, a zest of lemon, and a swirl of orange citrus. I think it’s time to find an orchard and go apple picking.

 

More from Snixy Kitchen:

Guilt-free strawberries and cream sandwiches
Pumpkin pie brown rice crispy treats
Iced oatmeal pumpkin spiced cookies (gluten-free)


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4 Comments

  1. Veronica says:

    I am ready for the fall! It’s time for this hot Texas weather to move on! Every party needs some punch and a beautiful bowl. I love that this punch can be served at a family get together! It looks festive and special! Thank you snixykitchen! I say more parties!

  2. Tina says:

    Slurp slurp slurp!

  3. This punch screams PARTAY!
    Very cute. I love the floaty cranberries.
    Thanks, Snix. xo

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