Don’t you just love when you come across an idea that’s practical AND pretty?
I love serving punch at parties. It’s fun and festive and easier than serving up a variety of cocktails for a crowd.
You’ll want to make an ice ring to keep your punch cold, and avoid the need for ice cubes (which can water down the punch).
I like to make decorative ice rings that contain elements that hint at the flavor of the punch – they look so pretty and are very easy to make!
Here’s how to do it:
Use any metal bowl or container, making sure that it fits in your punch bowl and leaves enough room for the punch (I used a pretty fluted Bundt pan here).
Fill your pan one third of the way with water; freeze till solid.
Place your fresh ingredients in a decorative pattern, and add enough water to cover; freeze again.
Once frozen, fill almost to the top with water and freeze (can be done overnight).
To remove your ice ring, invert and run under hot water until it releases.
And here’s a great punch recipe to get you started!
Bourbon Punch with Pink Grapefruit and Mint (serves 15-20)
adapted from Real Simple
Stir water and sugar in a small saucepan over low heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat and bring to boil. Add 10 mint sprigs. Remove from heat; let cool completely.
Strain syrup into punch bowl. Add juice, bourbon and bitters; mix in soda and remaining mint sprigs. Add ice ring to bowl.