Gaspare's Winter Punch
Gaspare’s Winter Punch
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Rating:
3.2 (5 rated)
Servings:
8 to 10

Julie Reiner, owner of Brooklyn's Clover Club, believes that there is no better way to heat up your party than a bowl of warm punch. This recipe takes mulled wine and turns it on its head by adding Campari and cranberries to the mix.

Ingredients

    • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
    • 1/2 cup raisins
    • 1 orange, zested
    • 6 cinnamon sticks
    • 10 whole cloves
    • 10 whole allspice
    • 1 whole nutmeg
    • 6 cups cranberry juice
    • 2 bottles medium-bodied red wine (Try the inexpensive Beronia Rioja Crianza, a blend of tempranillo, garnacha and mazuelo grapes)
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 3/4 cup Campari
    • 3/4 cup Orange Liqueur
    • 1 teaspoon almond extract
    • 6 whole star anise

Preparation

Sort cranberries and discard bruised fruit. Rinse and place in a six-quart pan with raisins, orange zest, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, allspice, nutmeg and cranberry juice. Bring to a boil over high heat, cover and simmer on low heat for 20 minutes to blend flavors. Add wine and sugar and heat until steaming (about 6 to 8 minutes). Do not bring to a boil. Add Campari, orange liqueur and almond extract. Strain out cranberries and ladle into punch cups. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and star anise.