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Spiced Sparkling Cranberry Punch

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This Spiced Sparkling Cranberry Punch with star anise and cinnamon will make you the life of every holiday party this season!

Spiced Sparkling Cranberry Punch

This past weekend was Canadian Thanksgiving, and we changed up our family tradition by driving to the cottage for a little bit of R & R. I have to admit, it’s a pretty beautiful drive up to the Muskoka region of northern Ontario.

The vibrant colours of the changing leaves and escaping the Internet make the four hour drive totally worth it – even if it’s only for just a couple of days 😉

Besides all the excuses to dress up in fall flannels and giant, oversized sweaters paired with the perfect shade of burgundy lipstick, October is probably my favourite month of the year because it’s a beautiful time of change.

Spiced Sparkling Cranberry Punch

There is something about the smokey smell of fires in the air that seriously gets me excited to spend more time outside. And when you’ve had your fill of the fresh outdoor air, there’s nothing better to me than sneaking inside to have a glass of Mulled Apple Cider Sangria, or this Sparkling Cranberry Punch of course, while chopping up some delicious fall root vegetables and prepping for a giant feast.

Spiced Sparkling Cranberry Punch

This weekend, since it was just the four of us, we scaled back on a giant turkey and made up a series of smaller sides to pair with a couple stuffed turkey breasts. I’m talking tons of squash, a potato casserole to die for (I’ll share the recipe in November!), along with some charcuterie, brussels sprouts and this amazing carrot-rutabaga mash, also coming soon to the blog.

It was quite literally a perfectly quintessential fall affair!

Spiced Sparkling Cranberry Punch

I think I’ve become so busy lately that it’s been therapeutic and necessary to clear my head every once in a while.

Am I the only one who feels guilty sometimes taking a whole weekend off work?

I’m having such a difficult transition between being a professional woman and living life as a student with a series of part time jobs – I’m so used to being on all the time and working on something that it’s been difficult to unplug.

Spiced Sparkling Cranberry Punch

Right now, I’m in the process of taking more professional photos of people in order to gain experience with wedding and portrait photography, and I’m constantly hunting for new ideas to pitch to a variety of publications as I’m trying to increase my freelance work and diversify my income. Nobody said that owning your own business would be easy!

And while becoming a budding businesswoman is something I’m super grateful for this year, I’m constantly trying to separate my professional goals and personal life in an attempt to be a little bit more balanced.

Spiced Sparkling Cranberry Punch

Suffice it to say, I’m quite the workaholic, and sometimes don’t let myself have as much fun as I should be for somebody my age. Whenever I’m stressed out though, there’s nothing a little fall run can’t fix.

And yes, I’m a runner – it’s a big part of the way I manage my stress! I’m just not looking forward to the winter months because I’ll be turning into more of a hot yoga connoisseur and more of a professional movie watcher when it gets too cold.

But I digress.

If you’re looking to see more of my day-to-day adventures, we should probably be friends on Snapchat. I’m thegirlonbloor on there – come say hi! 🙂

Spiced Sparkling Cranberry Punch

In the meantime, will you be making this Spiced Sparkling Cranberry Punch? What are you grateful for this year?

If you try any of my recipes be sure to let me know on InstagramTwitterFacebook or in the comments – send me pics of your creations!!!

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Spiced Sparkling Cranberry Punch
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Course Cocktails
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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cocktails
Ingredients
Homemade Cranberry Juice
Sugared cranberries
Course Cocktails
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
cocktails
Ingredients
Homemade Cranberry Juice
Sugared cranberries
Spiced Sparkling Cranberry Punch
Votes: 1
Rating: 5
You:
Rate this recipe!
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan, heat 2 cups water and 1 cup cranberries to a boil. Cover and let simmer 20 min, adding star anise, cinnamon stick and clove in halfway through.
  2. Meanwhile, toss cranberries in sugar then skewer onto toothpicks.
  3. Remove star anise, cinnamon stick and clove. Strain cranberries through a fine mesh sieve until all liquid is squeezed out. Pour juice back into saucepan, then stir in sugar, orange juice and lemon juice.
  4. Garnish four cocktail glasses with ice, sugared cranberry toothpicks, star anise, thyme and cinnamon sticks.
  5. Add 1/2 cup sparkling water to each glass, then add 1/4 cup cranberry juice and 1 oz vodka to each glass. Add a spritz of lime before serving - enjoy!

Spiced Sparkling Cranberry Punch

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Amanda
    October 12, 2016 at 11:39

    This looks amazing and so festive!

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      October 27, 2016 at 12:31

      Thank you Amanda!

  • Reply
    Redawna
    November 13, 2016 at 14:00

    Oh my!!! This definitely ticks all the boxes! Saving to try, it sounds amazing!

    Good luck with the photography venture, I am opening a photograph studio and it has been fantastic refining my craft and learning the business end of it. I specialize in fine art portraiture and love every single moment of it! If you are ever looking for resources or advice please do reach out! I look forward to watching you grow!

    Have a fantastic day!

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      November 14, 2016 at 15:55

      Thank you so much Redawna!!! 🙂 I am so excited for you opening your own studio! What a dream – if I ever have any questions I will be sure to email you, so happy to have your support. I just added your blog to my Bloglovin’ feed, can’t wait to follow along more with what you’re working on!

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