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With the holidays quickly approaching, having a good punch recipe in hand can make your next holiday get together a big hit with your guests. Historically punches have been a center piece of a party, usually evoking images of some crazy combination of cloyingly sweet fizzy beverages and orange sherbet, but with the rise of the craft cocktails and prohibition era drinks, the classic big punch bowls are making a return as well! Serving a elegant punch like this Holiday Honey Punch will not only impress your guests, but it will make hosting a breeze as you can make most of this ahead of time and let your guest serve themselves, leaving you to enjoy the party!
We were contacted by the folks at the Whole Foods Omaha who were interested in partnering up with us to develop a cocktail to feature as a holiday special for their customers. With Whole Foods sharing a lot of our philosophies about using fresh, local ingredients as much as possible, we were excited to come up with the Holiday Honey Punch recipe that celebrates the holidays! We chose a few great local products that bring great flavors to the mix, all of which are available at Whole Foods Omaha! We made this punch recipe as well as a single recipe cocktail, Rosemary’s Pear, for you to enjoy!
Combining the classic flavors of whiskey, citrus and spice, topped with a sweet Italian Prosecco to add some fizz, this punch brings back the nostalgic feeling of old fashioned holiday parties. Spicy and elegantly complex, the Holiday Honey Punch avoids being overly sweet by using the fresh citrus to bring just the right amount of tart brightness, perfect for sipping on with savory appetizers or holiday treats alike. Put this punch in a big punch bowl and it will be the centerpiece of your celebration!
The spiced honey simple syrup is the key to this punch, as the flavors and aroma of the syrup feel incredibly warm and welcoming, like a great warm holiday hug. We started out with a wonderful wildflower honey from It’s All About the Bees, a local family owned company located here in Nebraska who work with local farmers to pollinate their crops. The honey is steeped with mulling spices from Simply Organic, imparting rich aromatic cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and allspice flavors into the sweet honey syrup. If you prefer to use make your own mulling spice as we often like to do, we have a recipe for you here.
For the whiskey, we used Brickway Brewery and Distillery’s Single Malt American Whisky, the first whisky distilled in Omaha since Prohibition. Brickway’s Whisky is a combination of old and new, distilled like the whiskys of Scotland, but aged like an American bourbon. This unique process yields a whisky that is smooth and slightly sweet with rich hints of vanilla and caramel with just a hint of oak. The whisky works really well, the natural sweetness of the whisky complimenting the aromatic spices of the honey and tart brightness of the citrus.
Once everything is mixed up, we topped the punch with a sweet Italian Prosecco which adds a nice effervescent sweetness that helps unlock the aromas of the citrus and spices.
- 1 bottle of Brickway Single Malt Whisky
- 17 oz of Lakewood Organic pure lemon juice or the juice of 12 fresh lemons
- 6 oz fresh squeezed Whole Foods unpasteurized orange juice
- 1 oz Blood Orange Bitters (or Angostura Bitters)
- 2 cups It's All About the Bees Honey Spice Simple Syrup (recipe below)
- 1 bottle Prosecco
- 16 oz honey
- 16 oz water
- 1/4 cup mulling spices
- For the Punch
- Place the whiskey, lemon and orange juices, bitters and honey spice syrup into a punch bowl.
- Stir until well mixed.
- Top with the prosecco just before serving.
- Add Ice ring or large ice cubes.You can also float orange and lemon slices and star anise for garnish.
- Serve in punch cups.
- Add honey and water into a medium sauce pan over medium heat.
- Stir in the mulling spice and allow the mixture to come to a boil.
- Once the mixture comes to a boil, remove from the heat and allow to steep for 30 minutes
- Strain out the spice mixture and pour into a sealed container.
- Store for 1 week.