I’ve been reading about a lot of holiday traditions this year. Apparently, many people do a Harry Potter marathon around Christmas (yes please!), while others throw special themed parties. My family doesn’t really have a holiday tradition like that though.
One thing we can count on is my mom’s sparkling cranberry punch, which always makes an appearance if we’re having a party. She’s been making the same punch for years, and it has become a family favourite.
There’s really not a lot to it – it’s mostly ginger ale, frozen cranberry juice and sugar. There is one secret ingredient though: Angostura bitters. You only need a few dashes, but it really does kick the flavour up!
This recipe is technically non-alcoholic, however the bitters do contain alcohol (44.7% alc./vol). Even though you’re not adding very much to the mix, be sure to omit the bitters if you’re making this recipe for kids or expecting moms. It’s still really tasty without the bitters.
If you want serve this sparkling cranberry punch the old-school way, you need to mix everything in a big punch bowl and float a fancy ice ring in it. These days, we prefer to just mix it all in a nice glass pitcher and pour our guests a glass as they come in.
You could make the punch ahead of time, before your guests arrive, but keep in mind that the ginger ale will lose its carbonation after a while. Your best bet is to assemble it right before you expect your guests to arrive, and make a fresh batch when you run out. Leftover sparkling cranberry punch still tastes great, but it won’t be as fizzy.
If you want to make a smaller batch of punch, mix everything except the soda into a pitcher. Pour some of the mixture into a glass, and top with the ginger ale. This way, you can enjoy the punch all week without worrying about the soda losing it’s fizz!
The type of frozen fruit you use in tis recipe is totally up to you. It’s delicious with frozen mixed berries, tropical frozen fruits like mango and pineapple, or even just frozen cranberries. If you don’t like having fruit in your punch, you can just omit the frozen fruit and use ice cubes instead. I prefer the frozen fruit though, because they keep the punch cold without diluting the drink.
- 1 litre ginger ale
- 1 can frozen cranberry juice (or cranberry cocktail)
- ¼ cup white sugar, to taste
- 2 cups frozen fruit
- a few dashes of Angostura Bitters, optional (warning: contains alcohol!)
- Add the ginger ale and cranberry juice to a pitcher.
- Add some sugar, and taste the mixture. If it's not sweet enough, add more sugar as needed.
- Add the frozen fruit and bitters, if using.
- Stir to combine and serve immediately.
1. Mix everything except the soda into a pitcher.
2. Pour some of the mixture into a glass, and top with the ginger ale.
3.bStore remaining punch mix in the fridge and add soda when serving.
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