Cranberry and Orange-Sherbet Punch
- 6 1/2 cups water
- 2 bags (12 ounces each) fresh cranberries, plus more for skewers
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 ounce whipping-quality pasteurized egg white, lightly beaten
- 1/4 cup superfine sugar
- 1 liter club soda
- 1 1/4 cups vodka, chilled (optional)
- 2 pints orange sherbet, softened slightly
Bring water and cranberries to a boil in a large pot. Reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain into a large punch bowl, pressing gently on solids. Discard solids. Add granulated sugar, stirring until sugar dissolves. Cover, and refrigerate for up to 1 day.
Thread several cranberries onto each of 12 small skewers. Brush with egg white, and sprinkle with superfine sugar. Let dry on a nonstick baking mat.
Add club soda, and vodka if using, to bowl. Top with sherbet, and serve with cranberry skewers.