Cranberry Lime Prosecco Punch (with a Cranberry Ice Block)
This is such a festive punch! Very fresh and tart, and only a little boozy. I love making punch bowls to serve at parties, it lasts for quite a long time and when it’s finished all you have to do is wash a bowl! It also prevents leaving the host of the party with 15 quarter-full bottles of wine because someone wanted a slightly oakier Chardonnay than the 3 bottles that were already opened. Yeah, I speak wine. Jealous? Another great thing about punches is that you can make them as weak or as strong as you want. YOU and you alone control how much booze actually goes into the bowl, which can really help keep a party budget down if you want to entertain but offering a full bar isn’t in the cards. This recipe is made with Prosecco, an Italian sparkling white wine, but punch possibilities are truly endless! I even found one made with beer- classsssssy! Maybe I’ll try my hand at that sometime.
Quick word on ice blocks: they may look fancyridiculous, but honestly they are worth it. Who likes watery almost room temperature drinks? Not I! That’s where the ice blocks come in: they stay frozen for pretty much as long as a bowl of punch lasts, keeping it cold and delicious and not the least bit watered down. Also they’re SO PRETTY, which is always a plus in my book.
Check out this fun Gin Punch I made last year as well!
Cranberry Ice Block
– 4 cups water
– 2 cups fresh canberries
Place the cranberries in a METAL bundt pan. Boil the water and pour gently pour it over the berries (hot water will slightly cook the berries so they’re less tart, which makes for better snacking when as the block starts to melt. The color also gets crazy vibrant and pretty!) The water may look cloudy but it will freeze clear. Freeze the block for several hours or overnight until solid, being careful not to nudge it (as someone clearly did to my block, making an awkward glacier-like portion of an otherwise beautiful ring. Life is hard).
Punch (portion size varies depending on how large your serving cups are, but it should get you about 15-20 modest glasses)
– 3 1/2 cups cranberry pomegranate juice (be sure to use pre-chilled juices and wine!)
– 4 oz. lime juice
– 2 cups pineapple juice
– 1 cup ginger ale
– 2 bottles Prosecco
Pour the cranberry juice into the punch bowl and then un-mold your ice ring (run the mold under hot water until it slides out, then GENTLY place it cranberry side up over the juice). Add the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine. Make adjustments according to your taste and enjoy! I served it in this, a super cool cake plate that doubles as a punch bowl when you flip it over, but a simple large bowl will obviously suffice!