Poinsettia Punch

Poinsettia punch for New Years

I’m back from our Christmas vacation in Idaho and glad to be back home. I unplugged while away and to be honest it was very nice. I did not touch my iPad or computer at all while away. Just the occasional iPhone peek and post on Facebook and Instagram.

Our Christmas vacation was nice and very relaxing — lots of eating, drinking, and TV time. They say the average American gains seven pounds during the holidays, but I’m pretty sure I’m a bit above average and gained a couple more than that.

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With the holidays I have had quite the sweet tooth and I’m sure I’m not the only one. I wanted to share this delicious recipe for Orange Cinnamon Rolls with Eggnog Glaze. I developed this recipe for Clabber Girl. They are pretty darn fantastic, but not low calorie at all. I may or may not have eaten more than I should have. I would highly suggest you make these before any weight loss New Years resolutions.

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Speaking of New Years — what are your plans? Do you party like a rock star? Fall asleep before midnight? Or host a house party? One of my cousins is hosting a masquerade house party and I’ll be taking this Poinsettia Punch. I first made this punch three years ago and it has now been a yearly tradition and is always a hit. This year I plan to double the recipe because it goes quickly. The taste is similar to a mimosa, but made with cranberry juice, champagne, and orange flavored liqueur making this cocktail a little potent but oh so fabulous and festive with the frozen orange slices and cranberries floating in the punch bowl. It’s a great party drink as it’s easy on the host.

Why wait till midnight to pop open the champagne. Serve this punch and enjoy the bubbly all night long.

Farewell, 2013  — you were quite a year! Salud! Wishing that the coming year is a glorious one that rewards all your future endeavors with success.

Poinsettia punch

Poinsettia Punch

A classic champagne cocktail, this poinsettia is a festive orange-and-cranberry-flavored, rose-tinted punch. Use floating frozen orange slices and cranberries to keep the punch nicely chilled and nicely decorated.

For pretty, floating iceberg-style ice, freeze water in a big Tupperware-like container the night before. The lid on the container makes it easy to get it into the freezer without spills.

Ingredients:

8 (1/4-inch-thick) orange slices, from about 2 oranges, for garnish
2/3 cup fresh cranberries, for garnish
3 cups chilled cranberry juice
3/4 cup chilled orange flavored liqueur
2 (750-milliliter) bottles chilled brut sparkling wine or champagne

Directions:

Place the orange slices in a single layer on a baking sheet or dish and freeze until solid, about 1 hour.

Place the fresh cranberries, if using, in a single layer on another baking sheet or dish and freeze until solid, about 1 hour. Meanwhile, place a punch bowl in the freezer or refrigerator to chill.

When ready to serve, place the cranberry juice and orange flavored liqueur in the punch bowl and stir to combine. Add the sparkling wine or champagne. Float the frozen orange slices and cranberries in the punch and serve immediately.

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Written by Yvette / Photos by Yvette