I have learned from watching others, that Champagne or Prosecco should not be the drink of choice when you’re on a bender. I have seen one too many people hit the floor a little too quickly when they pop a bottle of bubbly. To help keep your celebration out of the toilet so to speak, it’s wise to mix in some fruit juice if you plan on drinking the whole bottle. Or you know, if it’s nine in the morning and the in-laws are over for breakfast.
Since we were throwing a Christmas themed party, I wanted our drinks to be festive in colour. A blushing mimosa, which is a variation on the classic drink, combines 1:1 orange juice and pineapple juice and a couple of tablespoons of grenadine in each drink. I’m personally not a fan of grenadine, so we opted for cranberry juice instead. I was uncharacteristically out of frozen cranberries, but if you have them, definitely use them in place of ice in your punch bowl.
- 8 cups cranberry juice (1 bottle, 64 oz)
- 4 cups orange juice
- 4 cups pineapple juice
- 3, 750 ml bottles of champagne or prosecco (gingerale for the kids if you happen to have them in attendance)
- 1 lime, sliced
- 1, 12 oz bag of fresh (or frozen if that’s what you have) cranberries for the cranberry ice ring (pretty self explanatory, but feel free to follow the link for instructions)
- In a punch bowl, mix your fruit juices
- slice your lime and float in the punch bowl
- add your already made cranberry ice ring
Place champagne flutes out so guest can help themselves. If you’re pouring the drinks, I like a ratio of 1/3 juice to 2/3 champagne or prosecco. Pour the juice in first so you don’t flatten the bubbles, then the champagne or prosecco. Do not mix, the pouring is generally enough to mix the drink.