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Christmas Punch

Recipe photo courtesy of Joseph De Leo

In the 17th century, employees of the British East India Company discovered punch, a beguiling combination of spirits, water, lemon, sugar, and spices that became synonymous with good cheer and festive celebrations all over Europe. Here, pomegranate and lemon sharpen the sunny New World flavor of cranberries.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2009



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  • MS10731964
    28 DEC, 2017
    This was delicious. Not only did it have a fresh light taste, it was pretty. I served it in a trifle dish which was unusual but it made a great presentation. I used cranberry flavored ginger ale instead of the club soda and found that about half of the simple syrup rounded out the flavors nicely but didn't make it too sweet for my palette. Everyone loved it and were surprised that they could make it so easily so of course many asked for the recipe.
  • CAT2784
    15 DEC, 2014
    We hosted a holiday party this weekend and this punch was a huge hit! I made three batches and it was gone in no time. I used about 1/4th of the simple syrup that the recipe called for (I dont love sweet drinks), but otherwise stuck to the recipe. I added cranberries and orange slices to the pitcher which was a nice touch. I mixed everything except for the club soda on the morning of the party and just added the club soda right before our guests arrived and it worked perfectly.
  • leolady27
    22 DEC, 2013
    Made 2 double batches of this for a holiday party. There wasn't a drop left. Followed the recipe exactly and it was delicious. And I got over my fear of making simple syrup...yes, it was very simple. Highly recommend!
    • khouston13
      15 DEC, 2014
      Does anyone know how much this makes in terms of ounces? I see serving size for 16, I'm just trying to figure out how much I need to increase the recipe. I have a party of 50 guests and 2 quart punch pitcher.
  • Leeny127
    6 OCT, 2014
    My neighbors served this at their Christmas party last year. We moved to another state a few months ago but I loved this punch so much, I contacted them for the recipe so we could serve it to our new neighbors this fall. So very good and gives you just enough of a *kick* if you know what I mean.
  • dobbinsmom
    24 DEC, 2011
    WONDERFUL! We served this at our annual Christmas Eve-Eve Dinner and it was a HUGE hit!!! Everyone loved it!!! Thanks Martha and team for yet another home run!!! (PS This is SO easy for a time of year when EVERYTHING is complicated!!!)

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