I bet you're all getting ready for Thanksgiving this week. Ethan and I are both working the night before and we decided we're staying home this holiday, which is exciting because we just gave the kitchen some updates and I love a good excuse to bake a pie (and make some cocktails). I wanted to post a cocktail for this week that was really festive and seasonal for everyone to make and enjoy with their loved ones. I'm so happy with this recipe because it's so yummy and perfect for any Thanksgiving celebration. My Cranberry Harvest Punch can easily be made for a few or many, with some prep beforehand. Bourbon, lemon, apple cider, and mulled cranberry syrup. YEP! I said mulled cranberry syrup and it is so delicious I may just use it on everything! Pancakes? Ice Cream? Iced Tea? PIE? Who knows! What I do know is you're all defintely going to enjoy sipping on a few of these.
First things first, you will need fresh cranberries, so if you're making fresh cranberry sauce buy some extra for the syrup. I basically made a rich demerara sugar syrup (1:1) with fresh cranberries and brought it to high heat and then let it simmer with mulling spices. It's super easy and didn't take long at all and the rest of the ingredients are very easy. Make a batch in a pitcher or a punch bowl and all the work is done! You can also serve this drink warm. Just add all ingredients to a pot and heat until warm or you can keep it in a crockpot. Sip and enjoy.
This year was a hard year with the passing of my father, but it was also a very exciting year filled with promise and new opportunites. I consulted on The Archer, started the blog, got a studio space, had a lot of great press thrown my way and have gained many new clients. I am truly thankful for all the positive things and all the support anyone has given me. I'm looking forward to the holiday season and doing great things in the new year! Cheers to each and every one of you reading this and I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving.
Cranberry Harvest Punch (for 1)
2 oz. Bourbon (I used Wild Turkey)
3/4 oz. Lemon Juice
2 oz. Apple Cider
3/4 oz. Mulled Cranberry Syrup
Add all ingredients to tin, shake on ice, serve up in your desired glassware, and garnish with cranberries and a sprig of rosemary.
Cranberry Harvest Punch (for 8-12 ppl)
1 Bottle of Bourbon (I used Wild Turkey)
9 oz. Lemon Juice
3 cups of Apple Cider
9 oz. Mulled Cranberry Syrup
Add ingredients to pitcher or punch bowl and serve cold or hot.
Mulled Cranberry Syrup
2 cups Cranberries
2 cups Water
2 cups Demerara Sugar (I use Florida Crystals)
1/4 tsp. Cloves
2 Allspice Berries
2 Cardamom Pods
1 Star Anise
1 Cinnamon Stick
4 Black Peppercorn
Long orange peel
Combine all ingredients to pot, simmer so that all sugar dissolves, bring to high heat until cranberries become soft (about 10 minutes). Let cool and strain into bottle or jar.