Recipe courtesy of A.J. Rathbun

A.J.'s Christmas Punch

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  • Yield: 10 servings
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Ice (in block form if possible, if not, large chunks)

4 oz. Cointreau

4 oz. brandy

2 oranges, cut into wedges

1 cup frozen cranberries (optional)

2 bottles chilled champagne


  1. Add ice to a large punch bowl. If using chunks (as opposed to a large block of ice), fill the bowl just under half way. Add Cointreau and brandy. Using a ladle or long spoon, stir briefly. Add orange slices and cranberries (if using) and then pour in the champagne. Stir 12 times and let sit for a minute, so the ingredients can get acquainted.

Cook’s Note

This orange-flavored Christmas Punch is featured in Good Spirits: Recipes, Revelations, Refreshments and Romance, Shaken and Served with a Twist (Harvard Common Press, 2007) by A.J. Rathbun, senior editor for's kitchen department. "It's an old family favorite," he says.