We had our first Gingerbread-Building-Competition here in Raleigh this year. We have done it in year’s past, but this was our first time hosting in North Carolina. It is one of our favorite Christmas traditions. We buy the pre-made kits, extra candy, lots of hot bubbly dips, and provide lots of beverages. Christmas music and/or movies play in the background and it is a great time to celebrate the holiday with our closest friends.
I made lots of yummy appetizers and of course, I didn’t photograph them, but I know what to make again. This jingle juice will be on my permanent menu for this party. Punch is always a popular option, I love cocktails, but I don’t love hand making them for 20+ people. I pre-made the punch and had it in a large dispenser for easy access. I am always wary of punch, I don’t want it to be cloyingly sweet and reminiscent of my college days. This one was perfect, it was boozy, but didn’t taste like it. I think the key to this juice is the fresh juices, don’t skimp on that. You can knock it out in about 15-20 minutes and you won’t regret it!
Ingredients: 1 cup of Lime Juice, freshly squeezed, ~ 10 limes 1 cup of Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed, ~ 8 lemons 1 cup of Grapefruit Juice, freshly squeezed, ~ 1-2 grapefruits 1 cup of Mango Nectar* 1 cup of Pineapple Juice 3 3/4 cups of Captain Morgan Spiced Rum 2 1/4 cups of Grand Marnier 1 1/2 cups of Amaretto 3 cups of Sparkling Water 3/4 cup of Sugar *You can find Mango Nectar on the juice aisle in your grocery store.
Combine all of the ingredients in a large dispenser, stir well until the sugar dissolves. Serve over ice.
If you are making this ahead of time, I would keep the fresh juices in one container (refrigerated), and then just pour everything together before the party starts.
Happy Cooking, The Barbee Housewife Source: Baked Bree