5 Holiday Punches Made Light And Healthy

The festive season is in full swing! Punch up your holidays with these healthy punch recipes to get the party started, and keep it going! These delicious holiday punches are refreshingly satisfying and perfect for your next holiday get-together. Cheers!

 

#1 Hot Mulled Apple Cider With Cranberry And Rose Hips (serves 10)
A modern spin on a classic holiday tradition – just add some spice for flavor and enjoy!

What you need:

3 tablespoons dried rose hips
4 cups hot water
3 cinnamon sticks
½ teaspoon whole cloves
4 cups apple cider
2 cups cranberry juice
one orange, thinly sliced
cinnamon sticks for garnish

Steep rose hips in hot water for 10 minutes and strain. Transfer all ingredients to a large saucepan. Simmer on low for at least 1 hour. To make ahead of time, steep tea and add all ingredients to a large container and refrigerate. When serving, transfer to a saucepan and simmer to heat. Use cinnamon sticks to garnish.

 

#2 Pineapple Mint Punch (serves 12)
Refreshing and crisp, this light and fruity beverage will become your new favorite punch – and it’s the easiest to make!

What you need:

1 cup chopped fresh mint
8 cups pineapple juice
1 orange, thinly sliced
1 liter ginger ale or ginger beer
fresh whole mint leaves for garnish

Combine mint, pineapple juice, and orange slices in a large container and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Allowing it to blend and cool releases the mint’s essential oils. Before serving, add ginger ale or ginger beer. Serve with ice and extra mint garnish if desired.

 

#3 Orange Green Tea Zing (serves 16)
This zesty and tangy drink will leave you wanting more, all while providing loads of antioxidants.

What you need:

4 cups hot water
4 green tea bags
1-inch piece gingerroot, peeled or crushed
8 cups orange juice
1 liter ginger ale or ginger beer
fresh orange and pineapple slices for garnish

Steep hot water, green tea, and gingerroot in a large container for 10 minutes, then strain. Add orange juice and refrigerate until cool, for at least 1 hour. Transfer to a bowl and add ginger ale or ginger beer before serving. Serve with slices of orange or pineapple on the side.

 

#4 Spiced Chamomile Apple Punch (serves 10)
A lovely blend of sweet apple, soothing chamomile, and a pinch of citrus and cinnamon – this punch has a little bit of everything!

What you need:

6 chamomile tea bags
3 cinnamon sticks
6 cups hot water
4 cups apple juice
1 orange, thinly sliced
1 lemon, thinly sliced
lemon or orange sorbet

Steep chamomile tea bags and cinnamon sticks in hot water for 10 minutes in a large container. Remove tea bags, and add apple juice, orange slices, and lemon slices. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours so all flavors can combine. Present with a few small scoops of sorbet to top it off!

 

#5 Grape Sparkle With Nettle (serves 16)
This punch is a luxurious alternative to wine or champagne. It mixes sweet fruit with the fizz and pop of ginger ale.

What you need:

3 tablespoons dried nettle
4 cups hot water
8 cups grape juice
1 liter ginger ale or ginger beer
berry sorbet
fresh fruit for garnish

Steep nettle in hot water for 1 hour, then strain. Combine with grape juice in a large container and refrigerate until chilled for about 2 hours. Add ginger ale or ginger beer before serving. Add a few scoops of sorbet to amplify your fun. Serve in a wineglass or champagne flute over ice, with fresh fruit pierced with a toothpick for decoration.

Resource:
http://www.motherearthliving.com/cooking-methods/punch-up-your-holidays.aspx

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