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So you’re looking for a recipe for an easy party punch? 

This is a great alcoholic Christmas punch that can be modified to make nonalcoholic drinks as well.  

This recipe actually originates from a restaurant in Cleveland, OH, called The Greenhouse Tavern.  I highly recommend stopping by if you are in the area.  The food is delicious, even if the weather can be pretty bad in the winter. But the food is definitely worth the hype. Read more about this awesome restaurant HERE.

If you have some leftover rum from summer mojitos, you’re in luck, because this fall cocktail uses light rum!  I really enjoy this particular spiked punch option because it’s packed with lots of traditional fall and winter flavors.  The Christmas punch cocktail also includes tart cherry, which has some health benefits.  While I’m not suggesting that this is a “healthy drink,” every little bit helps, right?  You can read more about the benefits of tart cherry HERE.


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Without a doubt, fresh ingredients always prevail over dried or otherwise.  Of course, if you only have the powdered versions of the nutmeg and allspice, don’t worry.  Also, it’s still a highly tasty Christmas punch, with or without alcohol.  

Don’t let the long list of ingredients worry you—it’s really very easy, just toss it all in the shaker and go for it.  This is a drink that serves up a lot of the traditional flavors of the fall and winter season. 

 

 christmas punch cocktail step 1

 

Tools you’ll need to make the Christmas Punch Cocktail:

Shaker – I suggest this shaker, and it comes in 6 finishes, including gold, copper, and gunmetal.

Jigger – This is just a standard jigger that will help you with taking all measurements for your drinks here.

Rocks or old fashion glasses – Here are also some simple rocks glasses that work well in this situation here or here.

Christmas Punch Cocktail

Ingredients:

3 oz light rum (optional)

1 oz cranberry juice

1 oz simple syrup

1/2 oz tart cherry juice

1/4 teaspoon allspice

1/4 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

4 oz ginger ale

Garnish: ground ginger

Makes 2 cocktails

Notes:

This recipe is written for home bar type of preparation.  If you have a smaller shaker, you may have to cut the recipe in half to make 1 drink at a time.  Note that 1/4 teaspoon, in this case, would just be a dash of allspice, grated ginger, and nutmeg.

Of course, you can always purchase simple syrup, but it’s very simple to make if you choose. Take a look at this video which shows the process.

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients except for the ginger ale and nutmeg in a shaker with ice.

  2. Give it a few brisk shakes until the outside of the shaker is covered with frost.

  3. Strain into the rocks glass over ice. Top with the ginger ale.

  4. Stir gently and garnish with the ginger.

Here’s the finished product:

 

 christmas punch product

 

Cheers, dears!

What’s your favorite Holiday party drink?

 

 The Greenhouse Tavern’s Christmas Punch Cocktail Recipe

 

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