Orange Champagne Punch! The gorgeous punch is a must for your holiday table. Refreshing, sparkling and festive!
TGIF. Although, really, since December 1st, it’s felt like every day is Friday. I just love how festive this time of year is, and I try to keep that feeling front and center even when I’m feeling overwhelmed. This past week, we’ve spent 5 of 7 nights out, celebrating friends and the holiday season. Though my early morning workouts are getting traded for a few more hours of shut-eye, I wouldn’t change a thing.
I think sometimes, there’s balance in being unbalanced; knowing that this schedule is only temporary. I love the moments after the chaos best; when I can settle back into a routine with an organized, steady mind. But, until then- I’m relishing in the crazy. Staying out way too late, saying yes to too many things, and enjoying and extra cocktail- or two.
I hosted a cookie exchange last weekend and wanted to make a yummy punch that paired well and was light enough to be enjoyed at 2 in the afternoon. Because, vodka before dark is rarely pretty.
This is my seasonal attempt at a bellini, infused with homemade vanilla syrup and fresh fruit. It’s sip-able, refreshing and the most gorgeous sunset color. Sparkling wine not your thing? Sub in sparking water instead. I choose to make a big batch of the vanilla juice mixture to set out in colorful pitchers. Then, my friends could decide if they wanted to enjoy as is, top with champagne or sparkling water. Each way was a hit and a fun way to include both a cocktail and a mocktail in one easy recipe.
On days I’m not enjoying this cocktail, I’m still a sucker for fresh orange juice. It’s one of the few juices that I buy consistently; it’s unbelievably refreshing, especially after a long run or hot yoga class.
When purchasing juice, make sure to grab the 100% juice version; it’s filled with the same important vitamins and minerals as the whole fruit and doesn’t contain any added sugar. I think this is a big misconception and one I hear often from clients. As long as the label says 100% fruit juice, no additional sugar is added. It’s also important to remember that not all sugars are created equal: the sugar found in orange (and other fruits) act differently than those found in cane sugar. 100% juices also contain potassium, vitamin C, folate, magnesium and valuable plant compounds.
If you plan on entertaining over the next few weeks, make sure to save this simple cocktail recipe. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Wishing you a great weekend, xo.
Cranberry Orange Champagne Punch
Yield 6 cups
Cranberry Orange Champagne Punch! The gorgeous punch is a must for your holiday table. Refreshing, sparkling and festive.
- 1 whole vanilla bean, split and scraped
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 cups 100% cranberry juice
- 1 cup 100% orange juice
- 1 bottle semi-dry champagne
- 2 oranges, thinly sliced
- 1/3 cup fresh cranberries
- Place the vanilla bean and insides, water and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until thick and syrupy. Let cool.
- In a large pitcher or punch bowl, combine the juices and the syrup. Refrigerate until just ready to serve.
- Just before serving, add in the champagne, sliced oranges and cranberries. Serve chilled and/or over ice!
Cuisine party, holiday