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Holiday Punch Is the Secret Ingredient to a Festive Season

This fizzy, pomegranate-spiked take on a classic party punch is very merry indeed.

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A glass brimming with potent, vibrantly-hued holiday punch is a beautiful thing to behold. Which is why we’re especially excited to be careening into punch season, a.k.a. fall and winter. This year’s holiday festivities may look a little different than those past — perhaps your family gathering will be smaller than usual, or will take place outdoors and socially distanced — but that doesn’t mean punch is out of the picture. In fact, we’d go so far as to say that punch is required. In 2020, take joy and comfort where you can find it.

Punch is famous for being a flexible concept. In its centuries of existence, it’s known to have included all sorts of ingredients. The first written evidence of “punch” dates to 1632, when sailors from the British East India Company brought the drink back to England after voyages to India and Indonesia. The word punch is Sankskrit and Hindi for “five,” a reflection of the number of ingredients in the original quaff: water, spirit, juice, sugar, and spice. In these early days, that “spirit” was likely wine, brandy, or even arrak, the fiery Indian and Southeast Asian spirit made from the fermented rice, sugarcane, dates, or coconut flowers. The whole business was sometimes served hot, like wassail. By the mid-17th century, Jamaican rum entered the picture, which continues to dominate more Caribbean-inflected punches. These days, though, punch can be enlivened with any number of alcoholic beverages, from sparkling wine to stout beer.

Of course, calibrating a bang-on combination of punch ingredients can be a tricky game. Too much liquor and not enough fruit juice could render a punch too boozy. In reverse, a punch doesn’t pack enough, well, punch. Other ingredients are important, too, for adding layers of complex flavor and aroma. Winging it can be a recipe for unmitigated disaster; once a punch veers too sweet or too boozy or too acidic, it can be hard to save.

Fortunately for you, Cocktail Courier takes the guesswork out of the equation. The company’s Holiday Punch kit — a fizzy, pomegranate-forward iteration with a hit of herbaceousness — measures everything out for you. There’s organic pomegranate juice for sweet tang; Pure Leaf sweetened black tea for a hit of balancing bitterness; and smooth GREY GOOSE Vodka (which comes packaged in slick silver can) for that just-right kick. Gently stirred together and portioned into chilled rocks glasses — this drink’s gorgeous, deep-ruby hue that practically begs to be displayed in a crystal-clear glassware — it’s then topped with effervescent MARTINI & ROSSI Prosecco for lift. And don’t forget the delicate garnish: Thinly sliced wheels of dehydrated lemon and sage leaves, which lend aromatic oomph.

The classic-sized version of kit is the perfect thing to bring along to your (socially distanced) holiday gathering, serving about eight. And if you’re hanging out at home with a friend? The mini-sized kit lets you enjoy all the glories of holiday punch without the burden of too many servings.

To match the punch’s bright acidity, pair it with something rich and long-stewed, like a hearty, old-fashioned beef stew filled with chunks of potato and carrot. Alternatively, lean into the pomegranate’s Middle Eastern roots and whip up a spread of dips like muhammara (a blitzed mixture of roasted red peppers and walnuts), creamy eggplant-rich baba ganoush, and garlicky hummus.

Ready to mix up the perfect Holiday Punch? Grab your kit and follow along below. And for even more tips on mixing up the perfect holiday cocktail, RSVP now for our Holiday Happy Hour Cocktail Class — December 10th at 6pm ET. At this exclusive virtual mixology class, you’ll learn how to make three great festive cocktails for holiday entertaining at home. Cheers!

Ingredients (Serves 1):

  • 3 oz GREY GOOSE Original
  • 1 oz Pomegranate Juice
  • 2 oz Sweetened Black Tea
  • 2 oz MARTINI & ROSSI Prosecco
  • Garnish: dehydrated lemon wheel and fresh sage

Combine ingredients in a rocks glass over ice and top with Prosecco.

Ingredients (Serves a group):

  • 750ml bottle of GREY GOOSE Original
  • 8.25 oz Pomegranate Juice
  • 16.5 oz Sweetened Black Tea
  • 16.5 oz MARTINI & ROSSI Prosecco
  • Garnish: dehydrated lemon wheel and fresh sage

Combine ingredients in a punch bowl and top with Prosecco.

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