Happy new year!!! It's all about "the punch the punch the punch" thank you Meghan Trainor and The Salonniere for bringing it to my attention. Hee hee.
Making a punch is easy. You can make it in a big quantity and is a great easy sneeky for people to help themselves.
One kings lane inspired me with this punch they posted. Recipe below, as well as my recent dinner with Carrie Carr.
What’s better than a glass of champagne this New Year’s Eve? Punch, that’s what. We’re not talking about some sad sea of melted ice cubes with floating pieces of tropical fruit. Punch is back and cooler (and stronger!) than ever. This recipe, which includes champagne, is virtually guaranteed to keep your guests in good spirits, and a bowl of premixed punch lets them help themselves, meaning no endless topping off of glasses for the hostess. Think of it as having all the adult appeal of a craft cocktail minus the expense of hiring a bartender. So break out your punch bowl, mix up a batch, and prepare to field more than a few requests for the recipe.
Rosé Regent’s Punch Serves 15-20
- 2 lemons
- 3 oranges
- 4 ounces granulated sugar
- 2 cups brewed green tea (two tea bags, steeped for five minutes)
- 8 ounces cognac or brandy
- 2 ounces dark rum (preferrably Jamaican)
- 2 ounces white rum (Rhum Barbancourt or Banks 5 Island)
- 2 ounces maraschino liqueur
- 2 750-ml bottles brut rosé champagne
- cranberries, orange slices, and mint for garnish
1. Peel the lemons and oranges (avoiding the white pith underneath) using a vegetable peeler. Muddle the peels and sugar together, then let sit for at least 30 minutes.
2. Make 2 cups green tea, using two tea bags. Let steep for 5 minutes, then strain into the bowl with the citrus and sugar, stirring until the sugar has dissolved.
3. Juice the lemons and oranges into the mixture, stir well, and strain everything into a punch bowl, pressing the peels and pulp well to extract every drop of essence.
4. Add the cognac, rums, and maraschino to the mixture.
5. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for an hour or two until chilled. To serve, pour into a punch bowl and gently stir in two bottles of brut rosé champagne.
6. Garnish with cranberries, orange slices, and mint.
Three quick and easy ideas from my very creative friend Carrie Carr wife to Adam and mother to the cutie petutie Sweet Caroline. Oops and very proud mother of Paco, my boys (teddy, mister and Sparky's) buddy. Note he is under the coffee table.
Carrie had us all for dinner last night. On her coffee table she had a big chunk of St Andre cheese with fig and cranberry crackers, bowls of roasted nuts, olives and sweet potato chips along with a bowl of her very own salmon "pate" and toasted pumpernickel bread. Easy and divine
When I asked Carrie for the Salmon recipe she responded with a text"...Hey going into a massage sorry couldn't pick up.... so smoked-salmon or whatever lox u like, dill, capers, shallot, I add a little mayo, cream cheese and mix with lemon and stir in, and then a squirt of Siracha. I get party pumpernickel and toast in oven"
Carrie's house is beyond. She has so many treasures and vignettes to look at. Her tablescape was a feast to the eyes.
Ol school, plaid tablecloth, name cards, gifts for the ladies. She used a terrine and filled it with baby apples as the centerpiece. Tip: fill the terrine with paper towels or crumbled up newspaper and put apples on top then you will not need as many. She had bowls of candy which I love. Flawless.