Learning how to bake pies, tarts and other desserts is certainly a good resolution to add to your list as the new year quickly approaches. However, for the time being, you can still put together an awesome spread for a New Year’s Eve soiree or get-together with your friends and family. Of course, everyone likes ringing in the new year with Champagne, but what about the rest of the night? Odds are sipping bubbly for hours on end will leave you with quite the headache the next day. Luckily, a delicious New Year’s punch will add a lot to your setup aesthetically, and provide your guests with a fun and unique celebratory libation. What’s more, Macheesmo points out that a good holiday punch is often cheaper than springing for a night out at the bars or cocktails at home.
Punch has been around for a long time and has a unique history. According to the History Channel, punch was first developed by British sailors working for the East India Trading Company in the 17th century. On long journeys, the beer the sailors carried would go flat, and the heavy drinkers would need to find another beverage. It became their custom to mix local liquors, fruits and spices together to make a fresh drink, and the seamen brought this concoction back to England. Soon nonalcoholic versions of punch were created for children and others who did not indulge. Though punch may have fallen out of mainstream popularity, many contemporary mixologists have slowly revived this party staple.
New Year’s Champagne punch
Below is a simple punch recipe courtesy of Foodie Crush as adapted from Gourmet magazine:
- 1 cup triple sec or Grand Marnier
- 1 cup brandy
- 1/2 cup Chambord, or other raspberry-flavored liquor
- 2 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
- 1 quart chilled ginger ale
- 2 chilled (750 ml) bottles dry Champagne
- 2 cups raspberries
- In a large basin, combine the brandy, Chambord, triple sec and pineapple juice. Allow to chill covered for four hours or more.
- Combine Champagne, ginger ale and the triple sec mixture in a large punch bowl. Add ice cubes to preference.
- Garnish the punch with raspberries. Serve with a ladle.
Pro tip: If raspberries aren’t your thing, consider strawberries or another vibrant-colored fruit.