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Mezcal Holiday Punch

November 10, 2015
This mezcal holiday punch is made with mezcal, ginger beer, citrus juice, pineapple juice, and orange liqueur. It is the perfect cocktail for entertaining!

Okay, if you guys are anything like me then you’ve for sure planned out your Thanksgiving menu by now. And I want to know what it is. Seriously, I love hearing people’s plans for this most wonderful food-filled holiday, so please share if you have a spare second.

Big Batch Mezcal Holiday Punch

We are having a small get together, just the four of us plus three more friends but I plan on making enough food to feed you and everyone you know so if you’re in the area feel free to come on over. Here’s what I have in mind:

Thanksgiving Menu 2015

This Mezcal Cocktail

Green Chile Whipped Goat Cheese and Crackers from 101 Cookbooks

Potato, Garlic, and Leek Soup from Two Red Bowls

Mexican Lime-Poached and Roasted Turkey

Pumpkin Mole

Sweet Potato Casserole Tian from Beard + Bonnet

Chard and Persimmon Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

Pearl Onion and Pumpkin Seed Stuffing

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Warmed Turkey Bacon Vinaigrette from What’s Gaby Cooking

Spiced Pumpkin Fritters

Sweet Molasses Apple Pie

Now, let’s get back to that cocktail, shall we?

Mezcal Punch Recipe

The inspiration for this drink came from one of my favorite sites A Thought For Food. A while back Brian posted a gorgeous scaled-down mezcal cocktail with loads of citrus, honey, and of all things, sesame oil. I’m always on the hunt for mezcal inspiration and this one was a gem.

 Holiday Punch

I wanted to use these flavors but in a drink I can make for a crowd. We all know the secret to a successful party is a signature cocktail but no one wants to play bartender all night, especially on Thanksgiving when you are also roasting a turkey, mashing potatoes, whisking gravy, and negotiating family drama all at the same time.

Mezcal Holiday Punch Cocktail

I think you’re going to like what I came up with. Its simple but sophisticated with smoky undertones from the mezcal, a little fizz from the ginger beer, and bright notes from the citrus. If you’re feeling fancy this ice ring is beautiful and a snap to put together and freeze the night before.

Ice for punch

If you haven’t gotten your drink sitch planned out yet friends, this one just might be it.

Mezcal Holiday Punch


Mezcal Holiday Punch Recipe
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Inspired by A Thought For Food This drink is made for holiday entertaining. Mix it together then set it out for guests to help themselves.
Serves: 10-12 drinks
For the ice ring:
  • 4-5 cups water
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 1 clementine, sliced
For the punch:
  • 2 cups mezcal
  • 2 (12-ounce) bottles ginger beer
  • 12 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • ½ cup Grand Marnier
  • ½ cup fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • Mint sprigs, for garnish
  • Orange wedges, for garnish
  1. The night before combine all the ingredients for the ice ring in a 10-inch tube pan or similar pan and freeze.
  2. Right before serving combine all punch ingredients in a bowl large enough to fit the ice ring. Place the bottom of the ice ring in hot water long enough to release. Place ice in bowl and serve each drink with an orange wedge and a sprig of mint.

One More Thing

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  • Meg @ Beard and Bonnet November 11, 2015 at 3:15 am

    This is so beautiful!! I bet it tastes amazing too. Thanks for linking up to my recipe – your Thanksgiving menu sounds like absolute perfection.

    • Kate Ramos
      Kate Ramos November 11, 2015 at 11:28 am

      Meg!! I’m dying to know what’s on your menu, I’m sure something gorgeous and extravagant! Your sweet potatoes are on point, Girl! xoxo

  • Susan November 12, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    This menu sounds wonderful. I think I’m cooking this year for Thanksgiving (for just my husband and me), so I just might subject him to that Swiss chard and persimmon salad. Whatever I do, it will be simple.

    • Kate Ramos
      Kate Ramos November 12, 2015 at 3:39 pm

      Sometimes it’s nice to have an intimate affair. Let me know if you end up making the salad, I’d love to hear what you think.

  • Alexis November 16, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    Thank you Kate for posting your T-Day plan earlier enough so I can plan! This cocktail looks beautiful and sounds delish! I can’t wait to impress people with some of these recipes (and give you all the credit of course!) Have a great holiday, miss you guys!

    • Kate Ramos
      Kate Ramos November 17, 2015 at 12:19 am

      Thank you Alexis! I’ll be anxious to hear how it all turned out. I was thinking of you when I was developing this drink, I think you guys will love it. Hope you have a great meal, miss you too! xoxo