In Good Spirits

Meeting the Grinch at the Mistletoe

By Charlene Oldham | Photography courtesy of Punch Bowl Social

Grinch Punch, a long-standing festive favorite, has more versions than the movie, or television special or book, whose main character inspired its name. The green party punch is sometimes made with sherbet or ice cream, and also has many dairy-free versions. Here is a fairly standard recipe for the family-friendly holiday drink, along with a few variations. Experiment with proportions and ingredients — some recipes use both pineapple juice and Hawaiian Punch, for example — to make the concoction your own.

1 liter ginger ale or lemon-lime soda
½ gallon pineapple juice or Hawaiian Punch Green Berry Rush
5 (or more) scoops vanilla ice cream or lime sherbet

Red or green colored sugar

Directions – Add ingredients to a punch bowl in order and stir. Pour colored sugar into a shallow dish. Dampen the rims of clear glasses or cups and dip them in the colored sugar to coat. Ladle Grinch Punch in each glass to serve.

You can offer adult guests a more posh — and potent — punch if you mix up a batch of Mistletoe, created by Katy Guido, from the bar, restaurant and entertainment chain Punch Bowl Social. Her Mistletoe Punch blends two types of Jack Daniel’s with tea, cranberry shrub and other fruit flavors.

“I’m a whiskey and Scotch drinking girl, so when I get the chance to experiment I normally start there. Jack Daniel’s Honey has such a strong flavor alone and tends to overpower other flavors by making the drink too sweet,” Guido said. “I found the balance by using Jack Daniel’s [Old No. 7] Tennessee Whiskey and McClary’s Michigan Cranberry shrub as well as our house-made pear syrup. Mistletoe was kind of a beautiful accident really, just like finding yourself under a mistletoe.”

Mistletoe Punch from Punch Bowl Social

Four-Person-Serving Ingredients
4 ounces Jack Daniel’s
3 ounces Jack Daniel’s Honey
3 ounces Teakoe’s Kodiak Mountain Mint Tea
3 ounces pear syrup
1 ounce McClary Bros. Michigan Cranberry shrub
1 ounce fresh lime juice

Luxardo cherries

How To Make Pear Syrup – Dice up a ripe Bosc pear and simmer in 2 cups of simple syrup for 15 minutes. Strain off fruit and set aside to chill.

Directions – Build ingredients in two small tins by dividing them equally and pouring them in each tin in order. Shake vigorously for 7 seconds and strain into a medium-sized punch bowl. Add ice. Garnish with Luxardo cherries and mint sprigs arranged like mistletoe.

Teakoe’s Kodiak Mountain Mint Tea, Luxardo brand maraschino cherries and McClary Bros. Michigan Cranberry shrub, also known as drinking vinegar, are all available online.

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