Mistletoe Punch

Mistletoe Holiday PunchIf there's one thing that gets me into the holiday spirit, it's VODKA.

Haha… truer words have never been spoken, you guys. 

Today we're partnering with Kinky Beverages to create a vibrant cranberry citrus punch that I've taken the liberty of naming mistletoe punch! The Kinky Red Liqueur is perfect for this recipe with it's festive coloring and fruity flavors! It's a party favorite, and below I'll share two ways to make it, depending on the type of party you are hosting! 

Mistletoe Holiday Punch Mistletoe Holiday Punch, serves 20 small punch glasses 

1 quart cranberry juice 
1 quart pineapple juice
fresh orange slices, rosemary sprigs and cranberries
1 cup Kinky Vodka
1 cup Kinky Red Liqueur (it tastes like watermelon and strawberries!!) 

Mistletoe Holiday Punch  Mistletoe Holiday Punch  To assemble, just dump all the ingredients except for the rosemary sprigs into a punch bowl. It really is THAT easy! 

The beauty of serving punch for parties is that guests can help themselves. They never have to awkwardly ask for a refill, and you can focus more on spending quality time with your guests, and less on playing bartender! Low key punch bowls are one of my go-to party tricks. 

Rosemary sprigsDid you know that most of the time rosemary sprigs are used in a cocktail for the sensory experience, not the flavor? I've read before that 90% of what you taste actually comes from your sense of smell. Without muddling or cooking, you won't get much, if any, rosemary flavor in your drink, but it will make it smell incredible. 

Mistletoe Holiday Punch    *An alcohol optional variation! 

Many of us will be hosting parties this holiday season with non-drinkers attending. On that occasion (or for any daytime party), I like to make the alcohol optional! To do this, just make the punch with no alcohol added, then put the liquor bottles out next to the punch with a shot glass to measure and a note that tells how much to add (for a small glass like this, I would stick with one ounce). This is a great way to make sure everyone has a drink to sip on whether they prefer to drink alcohol or not. 

Mistletoe Holiday Punch     I hope you enjoy this truly simple, but delicious holiday recipe!!! We're all so busy this time of year, it's nice to have a couple ideas that don't require hours in the kitchen… am I right?? 

Wishing you holiday cheer & so much love! Elsie 

Credits//Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions.