Thirsty Thursday Holiday Punch


Happy Christmas Eve! Are you taking part in a Christmas party this weekend and told the host you would bring a contribution but find that you only want to go and spend the day playing in the new snow on the mountains? Trust me, you are not alone. Instead of spending a few hours laboring in the kitchen trying to make the perfect pie why don’t you make a delicious signature cocktail punch? The great part about this recipe is that you can make it in advance for parties or to just keep in your refrigerator. We suggest staying local and using JH Stillworks Highwater Vodka or Casper’s Backwards Distilling Vodka. You can find Highwater Vodka at The Liquor Store and Bin 22. Special thanks to Casper’s Backwards Distilling for providing the recipe. Enjoy your “Thirsty Thursday!”

Holiday Punch Recipe


  • 64 ounces apple cider
  • 1 bag fresh cranberries
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 1 bottle vodka
  • 8-10 dashes whiskey barrel-aged bitters
  • Apples, cinnamon sticks, cloves, cranberries for garnish


  • Heat first four ingredients over high heat until cranberries burst (approximately 20-30 mins).
  • Allow mixture to cool.
  • Add vodka and bitters.
  • Serve chilled, garnished with any combination of apple slices, cinnamon sticks, cranberries, and whole cloves.



About Author

Mollie is a native Cape Codder who learned at an early age how to put a lobster to sleep, harvest cranberries, and dig for clams. After high school she followed her sense of adventure out west to the University of Wyoming where she graduated with marketing and communication degrees. She found herself making roots in Jackson, her fiance’s hometown, and using her sales skills combined with her love of anything delicious to join the Dishing sales team. She loves baking from scratch, large glasses of red wine, and hiking with her heeler, Newton. She’ll try anything, but remains a stuck up Cape Codder when it comes to seafood. If she didn’t catch it or see it come off the boat, don’t even try tempting her.

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