Cranberry Pisco Punch
Growing up every holiday, birthday or fiesta, my abuelita made punch. A huge punch bowl brimming with fruit juice, scoops of frozen sherbet, and fruit, all topped off with ginger ale.
She and my abuelito had moved here to the United States from Matamoros, Mexico in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. At the time, this punch was all the rage. Her neighbor shared the recipe with her from a recipe pamphlet she had picked up at the grocery store.
As I type this, I feel I should have made that recipe, since I am sharing this with you, but the point is…to me, that punch encompasses the holidays, birthdays, festivities – happy family moments that have shaped my life in such a way that even in the darkest times of my life, I can I reach back in memory and muster the faith that all will be well.
- 8 cups chilled cranberry juice
- 4 cups pisco or vodka
- 1 cup orange-flavored liqueur
- 4 cups chilled club soda
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
- 1-2 cups simple syrup
- 4 whole limes, slices
- 2 cups fresh cranberries
- Handful of fresh mint leaves