Punch is an alcoholic beverage, served hot, originally from India and which traditionally requires five ingredients. The five traditional ingredients are Arac, sugar, tea/spices and water.
The idea of punch was diversified enough and now there are combinations of four to five to ten or more ingredients. It is recognized as a special, fine party drink, served with ladle and with the classic question “Can I offer you a punch?”
But let’s not waste time and see what combinations you could make this winter for your party and surprise your guests with delicious punches:
1. Punch with Coffee: Mix well coffee with milk, sugar, cognac and vanilla and let cool. In a large punch bowl, put melted vanilla ice cream, then pour the coffee mixture on top of it and stir gently.
Garnish it with whipped cream, sprinkle with grated nutmeg and serve the guests.
2. Christmas Punch: We know Christmas is over, but this mix is a classic punch, the perfect idea for any party, ideal for this cold season. You need clementine juice, Benedictine liqueur, Whisky, cranberry juice, 1 teaspoon vanilla syrup, 1 clementine (thinly sliced) and optional a few cherries.
Mix all ingredients in a bowl; put it in the refrigerator to cool for 2-3 hours before being served. Do not let it cool more, otherwise the ingredients will become sour and affect punch’s taste. Serve in a large bowl half filled with ice. Before serving it, stir it well and let it dilute for five minutes.
3. Punch-Snow: Brown rum, 1 tablespoon brown sugar and milk. Warm up the milk, add the sugar and the brown rum over it. Stir the milk until it becomes foam, then pour it into a cup and garnish it with a bit of cinnamon.
4. Punch for Children (without alcohol): In case it is a family party, we do not want to forget about the little ones. ¼ liter of apple juice, 4 fruit tea bags, 1 tablespoon honey (to taste), ¼ liter of orange juice, 1 vanilla sugar, 1 liter of water, 1 tablespoon cinnamon.
Boil the water and let the tea bags to brew for five minutes. Then add the apple juice, the orange, cinnamon, and vanilla and blend well. Sweeten with honey to taste.
5. Punch with Eggnog: 2-3 tablespoons Amaretto, Eggnog, Whipped cream, 1 large cinnamon stick. Boil the milk with cinnamon. Then, take them off the heat. Add half of the whipped cream with amaretto liqueur and eggnog. Remove cinnamon, pour the punch into glasses and add a spoonful of whipped cream on top of it. Serve it with punch spoon or a straw.
Tip: Instead of amaretto you can use white rum.
6. Punch with Cocoa: ¼ liter eggnog, ½ tsp gingerbread spice, ¾ liter milk, ¼ liter cream for ornament, 1-2 tablespoons white rum, 1 piece cinnamon stick.
Boil the milk with cinnamon. When you remove from heat, add chocolate pieces. Then add the eggnog, rum, and heat the composition, remove cinnamon. Put the mixture into glasses and decorate it whipped cream.
7. Punch Buvez-vous: 1 bottle of sparkling wine, whiskey, fresh orange juice, cranberry juice, lemon juice, sugar syrup ginger, Star Anise and cinnamon sticks.
First of all, you must infuse the whiskey with a star anise, two slices of ginger and a cinnamon stick for 24 hours.
Pour in bowl ingredients: infused whiskey, orange juice, cranberry juice, fresh lemon juice and sugar syrup. Add ice and mix the ingredients well until smooth. Add sparkling wine with cinnamon, anise and orange slices.
Moisten the sides of the glasses with orange juice then glaze it with cinnamon powder and powdered sugar.
8. Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria: Sangria is a drink with alcohol, of Spanish origin. It’s actually a punch, we can find pieces or fruit pulp, and often, fruit juice or brandy. We thought of few variants of sangria that could be tasty for winter.
Brandy, apple cider, a bottle of sparkling wine, apples, half a cup of pomegranate seeds. Cut the apple and put it in a carafe with pomegranate seeds. Pour over the brandy, sparkling wine and cider. This sangria is usually served immediately, although it should be kept cold before.
9. Blood Orange Punch: Mix in a punch bowl – red wine, orange juice and grenadine. Juices can be commercially or freshly squeezed and add them to your taste. Flavors may differ from this recipe, as you like.
Rinse thoroughly the oranges and cut them into slices and if you want you can use slices of an apple as well. Add fruits and drinks, sweeten with honey if needed. Season to taste with cinnamon powder. Serve in glasses decorated with fresh rosemary and cinnamon sticks.
10. White Nectarine Prosecco Sangria: Mild honey, finely cut ginger, white sliced nectarines or peaches. Strained lemon juice, a bottle of Prosecco or other dry white sparkling wine such as Cava, chilled St. Germain Elder flower liqueur, chilled ice and sparkling water.
Mix honey and chopped ginger together in a bowl for a minute until the juices run out of the ginger.
Mix lemon juice & 2 chopped nectarines (or peaches) till it crushes. Stir in half of the Prosecco & strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve and into a large punch bowl or pitcher, pressing on the fruit pulp to extract the good stuff resulting in discarding the pulp.
Add the rest of the St. Germain, the Prosecco and the reminder of sliced nectarines to the sangria.
Add some more lemon juice you prefer it that way, add sparkling water to the pitcher and serve within an hour while the drink is still bubbly.