Christmas Cheerwine Punch - Carolina Country

Christmas Cheerwine Punch With fruit-filled ice ring

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Christmas Cheerwine Punch

Having friends over for a holiday supper? No need to fret over multiple beverages … punch to the rescue! Let your imagination loose as exact measurements are not necessary.

Ingredients

Ice ring (can be made days ahead)

  • Bundt pan
  • 1 can (46 ounces) pineapple juice
  • 1 jar (10 ounces) cherries with stems, drained and juice reserved
  • Strawberries, pomegranate seeds, star fruit, pineapple wedges, cherries, rosemary
  • Edible gold stars and flecks, optional

Punch

  • 1 part Holiday Cheerwine Punch*
  • 1 part ginger ale
  • 1 part lemon-lime club soda
  • Fresh mint

Directions

  1. Layer fruits (including cherries) and rosemary stems in the bottom of Bundt pan. Gently pour in pineapple juice just to cover and then freeze. Mix cherry juice with pineapple juice, pour over frozen fruit layer and refreeze. Be sure to freeze as instructed. Most of the fruits will float, so if you pour too much for the first layer, they will be deep in your ring and not show up on top.

  2. Remove ring from freezer about 20 minutes before serving time. Run warm water over Bundt pan to loosen ring. Gently place ring into punch bowl.

  3. Pour Cheerwine, ginger ale and club soda over ring. Garnish with additional star fruit, mint leaves, rosemary, gold stars and flecks.

Variation: Offer spiced rum on the side for an adult version.

*Regular Cheerwine can be used if Holiday Punch is not available.

Recipe courtesy of

Wendy Perry, a culinary adventurist and blogger, chats about goodness around NC on her blog at WendysHomeEconomics.com.

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