Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sparkling Cranberry Punch

Last week you saw this pretty glass beverage jar in my dining room.
I bought it at Target a few years ago and I use it again and again.
It makes any beverage more festive.







And as promised, here is my favorite holiday party punch recipe! It is super simple, with only three ingredients - a bottle of sparkling wine, a bottle of lemon-lime soda and two cans (not one as pictured) of cranberry juice concentrate. Just stir them all together.
For a family-friendly version, just omit the sparkling wine. It will still be delicious!







I love these fun star-shaped ice cube trays. I let them sit on the kitchen counter for a few minutes and the cubes pop right out.




Aren't they cute and sparkly?



And I top off my punch with some cranberries.




How pretty is that!



And the book club girls will tell you, it's delicious!

Enjoy!


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35 comments:

mapleandmagnolia.com said...

This looks wonderful. I'm a firm believer that things taste better when they look pretty! And this looks beautiful! I'm going to try it over the holidays! Thanks for sharing it.

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

That looks so pretty! Who knew a beverage could look so good. I'm sure it tastes great too. Are they hard to clean out, the spout I mean?

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i am not one for cranberry beverages, but it looks beautiful!!!

Kristi said...

Ooh, yum! I'm making some of this for Christmas Eve. I love the way the cranberries look floating in the top. Thanks for sharing at The Speckled Dog!

NanaDiana said...

Uhhh..are the book club girls able to talk? I'm assuming they only had a glass or two?>) It sounds really good and I like it because it is "pretty" to serve. Hugs-Diana

Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} said...

This looks so festive and delicious! Simple enough, too. I love the glass jar. Thank you so much for linking this up to Homemade Christmas!

Sharon said...

This looks and sounds yummy! so festive!
Thank you for sharing. I am your newest follower. I have a SCN giveaway going on if you have a minute to stop by.
Have a great week!

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

Wonderful --- I will definitely try this recipe as well. If it turns out half as good as your sweet and salty roasted pecans, I'll be thrilled.

Lisa said...

YUM! Just looking at this makes me so thirsty. I bet this tastes wonderful! Thanks for sharing

Valerie said...

This looks yummy and so pretty and festive! I think i will serve this at my family christmas party this year! :)

Heather at Blessed Little Nest said...

i love that you added the star ice cubes. such a cute detail!

molly susan strong said...

Ohhhh I love this. It is so pretty. I may have to do a punch bowl with this beautiful display! Thanks for popping by my space at Chartreuse! I always so enjoy our chats.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

It looks so pretty. Love the recipe. I will have to remember this one. Thanks so much for your visit. I am delighted to meet you. I will be back for more inspiration. Hugs, Marty

Polly said...

Yum! Love the glass drink dispenser!

concretenprimroses said...

sounds delicious! And that's a very pretty dispenser.
Kathy

Sonia said...

So glad I found you! We have the dinosaur bones and snowman ice cubes (my daughter adores them!), but the stars look so pretty for xmas!

Maya said...

Very pretty!! I just discovered cranberries recently -yep never had them before. Now I'm a huge fan. I cook them and pour over vanilla ice cream!! And us as sauce over pancakes together with maple syrup!

Maya @ Completely Coastal

Kim @ Second Time Furniture said...

Wow, it looks so beautiful and tasty! :)

Laura said...

Hi-
That punch looks and sounds delicious.
I can't wait to try it.
I am a new follower-

Enjoyed visiting,

Laura
White Spray Paint

Princess Danell said...

Everything looks lovely.I would love a glass beverage dispenser like yours. Where did you find it?

Abramyan Avenue said...

How very pretty!! The punch looks so good! My mother in law is from Russia and she often makes juice for the girls with fresh cranberries...it is always sooo good!
Thanks for sharing!
-April

Vicki V @ blestnest.blogspot.com said...

This looks delish and pretty, too! I'm going to try it!

Alia Preston said...

this is beautiful, but i'm not into 100% cranberry juice but I love Cran/Grape. I would use juice in the ice cube trays instead of water that way it won't get watered down as you drink it.

Alia Preston said...
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Alia Preston said...

this is beautiful. while i'm not really into straight cranberry juice, i do like cran/grape. i would use juice instead of water in the ice cube trays; that way it won't get watered down as you drink it.

Suzanne Anderson said...

Love this idea! Especially the whole cranberries, very pretty.

Unknown said...

I love this but I'm going to try it with a little Tripple Sec for a citrus kick! I love orange-cranberry! It would look lovely with some orange peel garnishing the top too, maybe cut into stars to match the ice cubes! I need to get one of those beautiful bev dispensers! Thanks for sharing!

Anneke {RustiChic} said...

Oh my goodness - I just have to try this. It looks so simple and yummy! And we have just the perfect pitcher too! Thanks so much for sharing this at Miss Flibbertigibbet's!

~Anneke at www.thisthatandlife.com

Anneke {RustiChic} said...

I loved this so much I had to give it a feature on the blog today ~ thanks again for sharing on the Home for The Holidays Link Party!

Anneke at www.thisthatandlife.com

LauraS13 said...

Does anyone know if you can make this using regular cranberry juice instead of the frozen concentrate? I am having a party tomorrow and I am having a hard time finding the frozen kind!
Thanks

dvp416 said...

Will this stay good for 3-5 hours? Worried about it going flat.

Mg Shortcake said...

Do you mix the cranberry juice as directed or just frozen?

Denyse @ Glitter, Glue, Paint said...

Elizabeth, what a perfect Holiday drink. And, I love the idea of the cranberries. Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday.

xoxo
Denyse

Paula@SweetPea said...

This punch sounds really good and is the perfect color for this time of year. Thanks so much for sharing with this week's Throwback Thursday party.

Mrs. Yazzie's Classroom News said...

I also was wondering if the cranberry concentrate was used as is or prepared according to can directions before adding the soda.