If you want a fun punch for tonight try this one…. In 2001, good friends of mine decided that we would do a small black tie New Years Eve dinner at my flat in Washington, DC. This haunt was old school for sure and the dining room was rather grand, at least for a co-op apartment. It begged for formal dinners and we had countless of them. It was a cool neighborhood, Lyndon Johnson lived in a near by building when he was in the Senate, Reagan was shot at the Hilton (not cool) just blocks away, embassies everywhere…anyway, suffice to say, it screamed Washington which meant a casual formality with entertaining.
So for our dinner we decided that a punch would be critical and scoured for the perfect holiday recipe and finally stumbled upon this one and made some adjustments to truly capture the holiday in its totality.
- 1 cup brandy
- 1 cup triple sec
- 1/2 cup Chambord
- 2 cups pineapple juice (unsweetened)
- 1 quart ginger ale, cold from the fridge
- 2 chilled 750-ml bottles dry champagne, extra chilly
- Rosemary sprigs, one per drink and slap them in the palm of your hand to wake them up before putting in the glass
- Cranberries, 4 per drink
- In the morning, mix the brandy, triple sec, Chambord and pineapple juice and refrigerate in a covered container for 8 hours
- Just as the party starts, combine the pineapple mix with the ginger ale and champagne in a large punch bowl
- serve over ice, a sprig of rosemary and some cranberries