Sometimes when you're dealing with family, you need a little liquid mood brightener. Something that will make you not care that you have to kiss your creepy uncle or listen to another speech about how you are now officially an old maid. And this is even a seasonal mood brightener! Works wonders, I promise. But maybe keep it to two glasses, or it will also function as a truth serum.
Cranberry Rum Punch
From Bon Appétit magazine, November 2014
2 cups fresh cranberries
½ cup sugar
1 cup white rum
½ cup fresh lime juice
Mint sprigs (for serving)
Bring cranberries, sugar, and 2 cups water to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar. Strain syrup into a pitcher; cover and chill. Set cranberries aside.
Add rum and lime juice to syrup; chill until cold, about 1 hour. Serve punch over crushed ice garnished with reserved cranberries and mint sprigs.
Makes 6 servings