Love, Joleen: Guest Blogger: Jenn of Home Style Report | A Holiday Punch for Everyone

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Guest Blogger: Jenn of Home Style Report | A Holiday Punch for Everyone


Now that Halloween has officially and thoroughly been recapped, we're moving right along and into November! November has become one of my very favorite months since moving to Atlanta [initially] in 2011. Autumn here is gorgeous, dahling! I met my husband that first November and we had our son one year later. November brings Thanksgiving, and I have so many blessings to be thankful for! November is the start of a very busy season for many people; a season of fellowship and entertaining. You know I have already been busy adding to my Christmas board on Pinterest, but I'm also always adding festive food ideas to my Yum! and Let's Party! boards. For this reason, I am super excited to share today's guest post with you! This is very reminiscent to a party punch I grew up loving, and I cannot wait to make my own grown-up version Holiday Punch! Thanks for sharing, Jenn!!
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Hey there, Love, Joleen readers!  I’m Jenn from Home Style Report, a DIY/home d├ęcor blog where I occasionally attempt to be productive in the kitchen…without power tools.  When Joleen first asked me to guest post (hey-o, thanks Joleen!) I was 10 kinds of excited but a little stumped as to what I wanted to share with you.  Like I said, my skills in the kitchen are finely tuned when it comes to laying tile & refinishing cabinets but its real purpose tends to elude me.  To say the microwave is my best friend in an understatement and without the Mr. I would probably live on spaghetti and cereal, not together of course.  However, I do occasionally have a flash of brilliance and that’s just what happened a few days after Joleen invited me over.  Don’t be scared, I promise it’s good!
In the midst of my brainstorming a topic, I came home from work one day and mixed myself a little drink with some Izze (Blackberry) & banana orange juice.  Oh.my.word.  All guest post topic searching was over with the first sip.  The carbonation cut the creaminess of the banana orange juice beautifully.  I instantly thought it would make a great holiday drink that could be jazzed up for the adults or left plain for the kiddos.
Even though this alone is absolutely amazing, the Izze isn’t the most cost effective if you’re going to be entertaining the masses.  It will always be my first choice if I’m just making a little drink for myself.  However, I can’t imagine the number of 4-packs we would have to buy if we had the Mr.’s family over, so here is a version that is a bit cheaper and still delicious.
As far as the mixture is concerned, I prefer slightly more cranberry soda vs. banana orange juice, especially you’re really going for coloring and the flavor.  After a little experimenting I found that a 60/40 mixture works best.  Then, just scoop some orange and/or raspberry sherbet on top and your set!
Now if your holiday party needs a little bit of social lubrication in the form of alcohol I found that Mandarin Vodka works the best.  Initially I was thinking along the lines of a Champagne but it actually wasn’t as good…and I tend to get killer headaches during and after drinking Champagne.  If you do decide to spike your punch, I added 1 shot per drink (approx. 8oz) 
I hope you all have an amazing holiday season!  Please let me know if you try this or decide to tweak it, I would love to know how it turned out for you!  Another big thanks to Joleen for hosting me today, these opportunities are such a little treat!  If you want to learn more about me or other projects that I’ve tackled, I would love for you to check out my blog, Home Style Report.   
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