I love this time of year, and the reburgeoning of the land as the flowers bloom and the weather warms. Walpurgis is always a beloved celebration for me.
If you haven’t had luck finding woodruff or waldmeister syrup to make your own version of the Waldermeisterbowle Punch recipe, here is another much beloved punch I’ll make as well.
- cran-apple juice (64 ounces)
- 2 ginger ale 2 liters
- approximately 36 ounces of Mike’s Hard Raspberry Lemonade (or comparable equivalent)
- spice to taste: up to 2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon, ground ginger
- 2-3 large oranges
- a quart of strawberries
Pour the cran-apple juice into a pot on the stove. Now dump the spices into the mixture, and then turn heat to low. Stirring occasionally.
While the spices are saturating into the juice mixture, begin to slice oranges thinly, and then cut in half. Take the equivalent of ½ of an orange already sliced, cut the slice again (you should have quartered half the orange). Then place into the pot.
Cut the strawberries into halves or quarters (depending on the size of the berries), removing stems in the process. ¼ of them should be added to the pot on the stove.
At this time the remaining orange slices and the strawberries not added to the pot should be placed onto an uncovered dish or container, and then stored overnight in the freezer. Effectively turning the fruit into flavorful ice cubes that can be added to the punch when it’s ready to serve.
Now turn the heat up on the stove to a medium high heat until it begins to simmer, and then reduce to low. Stir well and make sure the spices seem well constituted into the mixture. Now, you’re ready for the next step.
Allow mixture to cool enough that it’s safe to handle. Strain the orange and strawberries from the mixture.
Next you’ll need a large container to mix the contents of the pot, the ginger ale, and the alcohol all together. Gradually add the soda and alcohol as the beverage can fizz and foam quite rapidly!
Store in the fridge overnight to chill. Add the frozen fruit (one orange slice and at least one or two strawberries per cup) when you’re ready to serve.
Alternative – this also is great as a hot beverage at the yuletide, just swap strawberries for granny smith apple slices and add 2 cups of pomegranate juice instead when stirring on the stove for a different take on a Wassail punch. Also you can add some all spice and nutmeg to evoke the mulling spices popular in winter drinks.