Katie Stew

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Cranberry Rum Punch


I can’t believe I missed it! My last post was the 300th post on my blog. And it was about Brussel sprouts.

I need a drink.

Hey look! A drink!

cranberry punch

I also just missed the 5th year anniversary of the blog. 5 years! January 2010 I wrote my first blog post. It was a new decade and I was looking for a forum to share my favorite things. I love all the progress I’ve made here. It is a fun journey. I’ve learned how to make so many new things, have shared my passion for literature, and even the occasional work of art. Thank you to all the people who have been so supportive along the way. I’m having a ball.

And on that note, I’d like to share a drink with you.

I love a good punch. I think it is one of the keys to a successful, low key party. Unless you are planning to just serve beer and tequila, (There is nothing wrong with just serving beer and tequila.) a punch gives you a fancy cocktail option without having to stand around with a mixer and take orders. I’d rather be mingling and playing Jenga than mixing drinks, any day.
cranberriesThe time of year where you can get fresh cranberries at the store is shrinking. This is the perfect opportunity to grab those beautiful red balls and make something delicious.

Did I just say balls?
Cranberry rum punchThis drink is sweet, has a delicious tang from the cranberries and lime juice, and is an excellent color. Perfect winter drink. Great for the next time you have some friends over. Make a big batch and enjoy your night.

So, here is to my 301st post! Tip a glass and help me celebrate.

It has been a beautiful road so far. I can’t wait to see what comes next.

Cranberry Rum Punch

  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup white rum
  • 1/2 cup lime juice

Bring berries, sugar and water to a boil. Allow mixture to simmer until berries are bursting. Remove from heat and strain. In a pitcher, combine syrup, rum, and lime juice. Chill until cold. Serve over ice with cranberries and mint sprigs as garnish.

This recipe makes about 6 drinks. Scale up if you are more than 2-3 people…. If your party has more than 2-3 people that is. If you believe you are 2-3 people, feel free to make the whole pitcher for yourselves.

cranberry rum punch- above


Photographs by Jessica Yager.


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