Monday, December 31, 2012

Champagne Punch

This deliciously complex sipper is the perfect choice for a New Year’s Eve punch bowl. Freezing a water-filled plastic container will provide an ice block that won’t melt as quickly as cubed ice, preventing the punch from becoming diluted too quickly. For the fullest fizz, prepare this in a single batch, making more as needed.

Champagne Punch: 

One 26 oz. (750 mL) bottle Champagne (or any sparkling wine), chilled
One 26 oz. (750 mL) bottle Sauterne, chilled
½ c. granulated sugar
2 oz. Cointreau
5 oz. brandy
2 c. club soda, chilled
Orange cartwheels, quartered, as garnish 
Pineapple tidbits, as garnish
Maraschino cherries, drained, stemmed

To ice block in punch bowl, add and stir Champagne, Sauterne, sugar, Cointreau, and brandy. Top with soda, garnishing with fruit. This makes enough for 30 single punch-cup servings.

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