December 27, 2016

Berry Sparkly New Year’s Punch

Berry Sparkly New Year's Eve Punch | The Naptime Chef
New Year’s Eve is a bit of a conundrum with children. Do you get a babysitter and stay out until midnight? Do we just do a kids celebration and go to bed early and skip the hoopla? For the past few years our answer has been making punch, having dinner with friends and doing something a little inbetween. Since we don’t have an all out bash I don’t go crazy making a dizzying hard liquor punch. Instead I make a sparkly punch with a hint of booze, so it is tasty without being too over the top. It is perfect for family events and New Year’s Eve celebrations alike.

Berry Sparkly New Year's Eve Punch | The Naptime Chef

The key to this punch is starting with Cascadian Farm organic frozen raspberries. I mascerate them in a little sugar and make a berry simple syrup. Since the syrup is quite sweet and fruity I stir it into a dry champagne and add a little vodka. The vodka cuts the sweetness of the syrup so the fruit taste still comes through but isn’t too cloying. All of these ingredients are stirred together in a pitcher or a punch bowl and a few frozen berries for a festive look.

One of the best parts about this easy, festive recipe is that it can easily be doubled or tripled depending on how large a party you are hosting. Since it is clear and refreshing it goes down easily and you’ll find there is rarely any leftover!

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Berry Sparkly New Year’s Punch

Yield: About 15 - 18 serves

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  • 2 cups Cascadian farm organic frozen rasperries
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 750 ml bottles of chilled Champagne
  • 1 ½ cups good quality vodka
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries


  1. Add the sugar to the berries in a small bowl and stir well so the sugar is completely incorporated. Allow this mixture to sit at room temperature for a few hours so the berries release their juices. Place a fine mesh strainer over a glass bowl and strain the juices. Discard the berries.
  2. Add the juice and ¾ cup water to a small saucepan and bring to a simmer, stirring just until the sugar has completely dissolved. Remove and allow to cool.
  3. Add the Champagne and vodka to a punch bowl or pitcher. Stir in the berry syrup. Serve in punch cups with a few frozen raspberries in each.