It’s here, it’s here! The time of year that is filled with cheer. The holiday season is upon us and with it, gatherings of friends and family. To impress your guests, serve some Christmas Punch made with black cherry bourbon, smooth aged rum, cherry liqueur, tart cranberry and a splash of ginger ale for fizz. Don’t forget the peppermint candy cane!
½ oz. Brugal Anejo Rum
½ oz. Jim Beam Red Stag
½ oz. Bols Cherry Brandy Liqueur
2 oz. cranberry juice
Splash of Gingerale
Garnish with a candy cane
This is a shaken drink so start by pouring all the ingredients, except for the ginger ale, into a shaker filled with ice. Shake until all ingredients are chilled and well mixed. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice. Top with ginger ale and place a candy cane in the drink resting the hook on the rim.
This drink is quick to make. However, if having a large number of guests to accommodate, serve in a large punch bowl. To accomplish this, multiply the recipe by the amount of drinks you anticipate will be consumed. Pour into a large punch bowl and stir briskly to ensure well mixed. Just before guests arrived add several ice cubes and approximately ¼ ounce of ginger ale for every drink you anticipate. Garnish the rim of the punch bowl with small candy canes hanging from the rim.
Some tips for serving in the punch bowl are to leave the ice in a bucket on the side so the ice doesn’t melt into the punch, watering down the drink. Guests can add ice to their glass before filling with the punch. This can also be done with the ginger ale. Omit the ginger ale in the punch and leave a few cans unopened next to the punch bowl so guests can add a fresh splash to their drink as needed.
You can also freeze cranberry juice into ice cubes. Use half the amount of cranberry juice needed in your punch. Let the cranberry ice cubes chill the punch and, as they melt, add more cranberry flavour.