‘Twas two days before Christmas and all through The Blind Pig home base,
every creature was stirring amid the holiday chase.
The stockings were hung by the chimney in a row,
In hopes that soon everything would be ready to go.
Is it just us or has Christmas come upon us quickly? Today we were still scurrying around buying and wrapping last minute presents, delivering our goody baskets, and sending off one last Christmas card. We hope that your holidays are festive, relaxing and fun. To make your holidays extra delicious, we have one final holiday recipe to share with you: Jingle Gin Punch.
We were a little hesitant about sharing a punch recipe with you. Punches tend to be overly sweet and sipping one cup is all that we can usually take. However, we think that you and your guests will be pleasantly surprised with the citrus blend of blood oranges, navel oranges, lemons and limes in this gin based punch topped off with a little sparkling wine.
To make this punch we used Malfy Sicilian Blood Orange Gin. Yummo! Open this bottle up and take a sniff of that citrusy goodness. This is the sister to Malfy Limone that we shared with you in our Gin and Tonic recipe. The Malfy Sicilian Blood Orange gives this punch a beautiful color and is very inviting when garnished with slices of oranges, limes and lemons. You might be thinking, “Wait, Rhonda and Craig, I’m not a gin drinker.” Hey, we get it, but after trying this recipe, you just might become one!
So here’s what you need to rush out and buy for the Jingle Gin Punch, which was named by Blind Piglet #2 by the way. You will need sugar, fresh mint sprigs, vanilla beans, Malfy Sicilian Blood Orange Gin, fresh lemon juice, dry sparkling wine, and water. Hint: The vanilla beans were a bit difficult for us (Rhonda) to find. We finally tracked some down at Sprouts. However, if you don’t have a Sprouts or a Whole Foods in your area, add a teaspoon of vanilla to the recipe.
Start by making some simple syrup. We’ve made this before for other recipes like our Zaya Mojito recipe. Place two cups of water in a saucepan with 2 cups of granulated sugar on medium heat and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add mint and a vanilla bean sliced length wise, so the flavor can blend with the simple syrup. Remember: If you don’t have vanilla beans, you can use vanilla flavor. Set the simple syrup aside to cool.
Combine gin, lemon juice, water, and mint-vanilla syrup. Chill for 4 hours.
Add gin mixture to punch bowl and top off with sparkling wine. Garnish with mint leaves and citrus slices. Serve up!
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Jingle Gin Punch
- 2 cups of sugar
- 4 cups of water
- 4 fresh mint sprigs
- 1 vanilla bean split
- 1 750 ml. bottle of Malfy Sicilian Blood Orange Gin
- 1 3/4 cups of fresh lemon juice
- 1 750 ml. bottle of dry sparkling wine
- Garnish: Fresh mint leaves and citrus slices
- Make vanilla-mint simple syrup.
- Combine 2 cups of water and 2 cups of granulated sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Add 4 mint sprigs and a vanilla bean sliced lengthwise in half. Cool. Remove mint and vanilla bean
- Stir together gin, lemon juice, 2 cups of water, and 2 1/2 cups of vanilla-mint syrup. Cover and chill for 4 hours.
- Place gin mixture in punch bowl. Add sparkling wine and garnish with mint sprigs and citrus slices.
Will you be merry and bright with Jingle Gin Punch this Christmas Eve? We are prepping our Christmas Holiday Bread for Christmas morning. We hope that you have a safe and wonderful Christmas with lots of good drinks, good food, and good friends!
From our Blind Pig Family to yours Merry Christmas!
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