I love the winter season, cozying up with family and friends around delicious food and cocktails, enjoying each other’s company and that is exactly where this Spiced Winter Punch fits in.
Filled with warming flavours of cinnamon and star anise, this punch has everything you’d want in a winter cocktail including prosecco and cranberry juice.
Plus, the glasses are rimmed with a combination of brown sugar and cinnamon for that perfect start to a winter cocktail.
And what better way kick-off the holiday season than to share this Spiced Winter Punch with my food blogging friends! Come on over and cheers with us as we share a variety of cocktails that will suit all of your holiday entertaining needs.
This is a special post with a group of fellow Food Bloggers of Canada members bringing you the Winter Edition of Connecting over Cocktails! Each season a group of us create a seasonal cocktail and not only will I share my recipe with you, I’ll bring you links to all of the wonderful cocktail posts – just scroll to the bottom to see what other inspired cocktails have been created!
Total Time: 15 minutes
Equipment: pitcher, small pot
1 x bottle of prosecco
1 1/2 cups ginger-ale
1/2 cup cranberry juice
1/2 cup spiced rum
spiced pomegranate simple syrup (recipe below)
1 x orange, sliced thin
1 cup cranberries
cinnamon sticks (for garnish)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Pomegranate Spiced Simple Syrup:
1/3 cup pomegranate juice
1/3 cup olive oil
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp honey
pinch salt and pepper
First make the pomegranate spiced simple syrup; in a small pot combine orange zest, star anise, cinnamon sticks, pomegranate juice, water and sugar.
Bring the mixture to a boil and then turn the heat down so the mixture simmers for 10 minutes.
While your pomegranate mixture is cooking add your other ingredients in a pitcher: prosecco, ginger-ale, cranberry juice and spiced rum and stir to combine.
When your pomegranate spiced simple syrup is done, take off of the oven and strain out the spices and orange zest. Set the mixture in the fridge to cool for a few minutes.
Cook’s Note: You can make your pomegranate simple syrup ahead of time and chill until using.
Once your pomegranate spiced simple syrup has cooled for a few minutes in the fridge, add to your punch mixture in your pitcher. Then, add in the orange slices, cranberries and a few (2-3) extra cinnamon sticks.
Next, add the brown sugar and cinnamon rim to your glasses by mixing brown sugar and cinnamon on a small plate. Then, trace the rim of your glasses with honey (helps the sugar rim to stay longer) and then turn your glass upside down, dipping the glass in the brown sugar-cinnamon mixture firmly.
Then you are ready to serve! Pour your punch into your glasses, making sure some of the orange and cranberries end up in the glass and garnish with an extra cinnamon stick.
I love to enjoy cocktails with family and friends during the holidays. S0, here’s a variety of cocktail recipes from my food blogging friends, something for everyone’s taste this holiday season!
Cheers to Connecting Over Cocktails…
Justine from JustineCelina.com’s Classic Winter Citrus Red Sangria
Bernice from Dish ‘n’ in the Kitchen’s Dirty Chai Eggnog
Amanda from Peppers & Pennies Canadian Hot Chocolate
Samantha from My Kitchen Love’s Easy Bourbon Eggnog
Charlene from Chew Street’s Orange Ginger Punch
I hope you enjoy all of these amazing recipes ready for the winter season!
Until the next cooking adventure,