Taste Tested: Christmas Cheer

Make your holiday party pack a punch this year with large-batch cocktails — no bartender required.  Sure, it may be the easy way out… but it’s Christmas! You, too, deserve to enjoy the party.

“I can’t say enough about punch. I used to think it was reserved for old ladies in lace and debutantes, but I’ve learned my lesson. Punch is always an appropriate choice for a party. Instead of scurrying around the party like a crazed mouse, I get to stand back and enjoy myself a little. Christmas parties are hard enough — shaking cocktails all night long would be social suicide! This season, if there’s any advice I can give novice party throwers, it’s this: let a pretty punch bowl fuel your festivities.”


Christmas Cheer
Serves 10
Muskoka Cranberries, Algoma Apple Cider and Dillon's Ginger Bitters make this punch perfect for all your local food loving friends -- and then some!
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
  1. 1 cup fresh Johnston's Cranberries, plus 1/4 cup for garnish
  2. 3 cups fresh apple cider
  3. 3 cups fresh cranberry apple cider
  4. 2 cups unsweetened Cranberry Juice (not cocktail!)
  5. 2 tablespoons Dillon's Ginger Bitters
  6. 8 - 10 ounces Loon Vodka Rheault Distillery
  1. Place 1 cup cranberries in angel food cake tin. Cover with water and freeze. This frozen 'ring' will keep the punch cold, lessen the mess and melt slower then standard ice cubes. Plus, it's pretty!
  2. Mix ciders, juice, bitters and vodka together in jug. Refridgerate until cold.
  3. Meanwhile, slice remaining cranberries into thin disks. For an extra special touch, add some rosemary sprigs.
  4. Add frozen cranberry ring to favorite punch bowl. Pour over juice mixture.
  5. Serve alongside bowl of sliced cranberries -- and let guests help themselves!
  1. Want to take it up a notch? Serve small portions in flutes. Cover with your favorite VQA bubbles!
Adapted from Martha Stewart Living
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