In The Kitchen

Punch It Up!

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We are always looking for ways to entertain on a budget, and this holiday season is no exception. This season we are bringing back the punch bowl! It’s a great way to have a festive and fun beverage option without having to have a full bar! And it’s just retro enough to be cool again.

So, dust off grand mom’s punch bowl and mix up a batch of this delicious Cranberry Sangria, make a few appetizers (hint: puffed pastry baked with a little fruit preserve and cheese is fast, easy and delicious) and have an amazing holiday gathering without breaking the bank!


Punch Bowl



  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 4 cranberry-flavored tea bags

  • 4 slices fresh lemon

  • 6 whole cloves

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 1/2 cups water

  • 2 (750 milliliter) bottles white wine

  • 4 apples, cored and cut into chunks

  • 1 1/2 cups dried cranberries

  • 2 fluid ounces apple brandy



  1. Place the sugar, tea bags, lemon slices, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and water into a saucepan, and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let mixture cool. Strain out and discard the spices, lemon, and tea bags.

  2. Pour the white wine into a large jar or covered container, and mix with the tea mixture. Stir in apples and cranberries; mix in the apple brandy. Chill in refrigerator 24 to 48 hours. Serve cold.



Printed From 11/30/2016