Christmas Punch is an easy and delicious holiday party drink packed with fruits like cranberries, oranges, and pomegranates. Keep it non-alcoholic or add rum or vodka for extra holiday spirit!
You would think that by working from home, I’d have control over my own schedule and I’d take advantage of that fact by scheduling myself off for the whole month of December or something to enjoy the holidays. But the problem is that I DO have control over my schedule, but once a procrastinator, always a procrastinator… and since my boss (me) is a procrastinator too, I always end up scrambling. And let me tell ya, at this point, I could really use a pitcher of this Christmas Punch.
The truth is, I haven’t even put up a tree yet or a single light or decoration, and I probably won’t. I bought new stockings last weekend at L.L. Bean, and that is pretty much the extent of it, and Christmas is ten days away. I’m really not being a Grinch, I promise! Christmas is my favorite holiday! But when I think about all the work setting up and taking down when we won’t even be home on Christmas Eve or Christmas, it just makes me exhausted. Once we have kids, that will be a different story, but for now, let’s drink some Christmas Punch, okay?
When I was growing up, the Christmas menu was always changing, some years it was turkey, some it was ham, some it was lamb, and the occasional pizza, and these days it’s usually all of the above because my family is filled with picky eaters. But even when the food was getting changed up, my mom always made a Christmas Punch. Sure, that too changed over the years, but regardless of the ingredients, there was always punch. Oh, and there were always meatballs too because wars would have broken out if those weren’t there!
My mom always used the same base: cranberry juice, orange juice, and ginger ale. But I think my interpretation really embodies all that my mom’s punch is to me and all that I am too. So I’ve added pomegranate juice to the mix and swapped the ginger ale for lemon-lime soda, I prefer Sierra Mist. Add pomegranate seeds and a sprig or two or rosemary (for sophistication, of course), oh and some extra holiday spirit by way of rum or vodka and you’re in for a truly festive holiday punch. Don’t forget the orange slices and cranberries too!