Punch It Up!

A traditional European party drink is made new again.

By Katie Walker

Photography by Thomas MacDonald


how to make a delicious bowl of punchCranberry Gin Punch

The gin in this punch is optional—without it, the punch will taste like gingery cranberry juice cocktail with a hint of lime. We prefer Farmer's Organic Gin; vodka can also be substituted for a milder punch.

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons organic light agave nectar or honey
  • 1/2 cup fresh organic lime juice
  • 1 cup Ginger Syrup (see recipe, right), or to taste
  • 2 cups club soda
  • 1/2 cup organic gin (optional)
  • Rosemary sprig for garnish

1. In a medium saucepan, combine the cranberries, water, and agave nectar or honey. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes or until the cranberries begin to pop.

2. Pour through a fine mesh strainer into a large pitcher. Discard the solids. Add the lime juice and Ginger Syrup. Add the club soda and, if desired, gin. Chill at least 1 hour before serving. Serve over ice.

Serves 6 (makes about 5 1/2 cups)

Recipe developed by Denise Gee exclusively for Organic Gardening.

Ginger Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup light agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup chopped and peeled ginger

In a medium saucepan, combine the water, agave, and ginger. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and cook, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes, or until reduced by one-fourth. Remove from heat and let cool. Pour through a mesh strainer into a pitcher or airtight storage container.

Makes 1 1/4 cups

Adapted from Porch Parties, by Denise Gee.