From Poplar Bluff, Missouri, Heather Dollins shares a fast and festively colored beverage. "We enjoyed this delicious drink at my wedding reception," she says. "Since then, it's been a must at Christmas gatherings and other special occasions."
One taste of this sweet icy treat leads to another...and another. My mother-in-law makes it for family gatherings, and it never lasts long. Often, my husband and twin daughters request it as a snack or dessert. It's a refreshing party beverage as well.
When I tried this punch at a friend's wedding shower, I had to have the recipe. Guests will eagerly gather around the punch bowl when you ladle out this frothy mocha ice cream drink.
-Rose Reich, Nampa, Idaho
Red-hot candies add rich color and spiciness to this festive punch, and the cranberry juice gives it a little tang. Our children always request it for our December 25th brunch.
-Julie Sterchi, Jackson, Missouri
This tangy punch is festive, refreshing and easy to prepare. I float orange wedges studded with cloves in the pitcher or bowl as a garnish. And instead of plain ice cubes, I add frozen orange juice cubes.
As social chair one year during college, I tried to come up with a more interesting beverage than the usual cranberry juice and lemon-lime soda. This pastel punch was always a hit at receptions and parties.
-Jennifer Bangerter, Nixa, Missouri