Reindeer Antlers Punch for Share Our Holiday Table

If you’re like me, you make periodic donations to your local food bank. You probably donate a bag of canned and dry goods when the postal workers collect food for Stamp Out Hunger in the spring or when the Boy Scouts do their food drive in the fall. You may make food donations through your church or other community organizations as well. Your house is always adequately stocked with food even though the family complains that they can’t find anything to eat. And, truthfully, the hardest decision you face when it comes to food is what to purchase at the grocery store and, once you get the food home from the store, what to eat for lunch or what to make for dinner. That’s the way it is in our house. I even whine about going to the grocery store. However, many in our country have a much harder time. Many are going hungry. With that in mind, I’m proud and humbled to participate today in the Share Our Holiday Table, which is Share Our Strength’s (SOS’s) Progressive Dinner event. SOS is a wonderful organization with its focus on fundraising and feeding hungry children. For more information and to donate to SOS, please visit Share Our Holiday Table. The numbers of those who need help are staggering, but just thinking of even one family, one child even going without food is heart wrenching. Any help you can give will be appreciated;  your contribution will help ensure that no child goes hungry during the holidays and hopefully even past that time period. A child can be fed three meals a day for more than a month simply by donating $25 dollars. If you can’t contribute, that’s okay … please still enjoy this blogging event and spread the word to others.

Over 50 bloggers are participating in this event, including many of my gluten-free blogging buddies. There’s a gluten-free category for every course of the meal. Be on the lookout for your favorite bloggers’ posts, but you’ll want to check out all the posts because so far I’ve seen some amazing recipes. Most recipes that I’ve seen so far for the event have been naturally gluten free or easily adapted to be gluten free.

Today’s SOS roundup is focused on Drinks. Without further ado, here’s my beverage. If you’ve followed gfe for a while, you may remember my Reindeer Antlers punch from last Christmas. This is a fantastic holiday cocktail punch that’s worth repeating! You can read the “back story” on the name and why you should always eat the arils left at the bottom of your glass in the original post here. 

Reindeer Antlers Punch
(Click here for a printable version of this recipe.)

1 cup pomegranate juice (I use POM Wonderful)
1 cup grenadine syrup or grenadine liqueur
3 cups orange juice
3 cups pineapple juice
1 cup vodka
1 cup rum
1 cup tequila

Stir all together. I added my ingredients to a gallon-sized jar, place the lid on it and just shook the jar to mix. Chill. Transfer to a beautiful pitcher or punch bowl, if desired. Serve over ice and top with pomegranate seeds—also known as arils. Pouring the Reindeer Antlers over crushed ice and topping with arils provides a lovely presentation. (Mr. GFE will also tell you that particular application results in sipping versus drinking, which I say is not a bad thing at all. Pacing one’s self when it comes to Reindeer Antlers is wise!) As an alternative you can sprinkle arils on your Reindeer Antler just before serving; the arils will sink to the bottom of your drink and become more potent. Or, you can add festive ice cubes that contain pomegranate seeds that you’ve made earlier. If pomegranates are unavailable, you can still enjoy your Reindeer Antlers without them–they will still be splendid!

Shirley’s Notes:  All distilled alcohol is gluten free. That means your basic vodka, rum, tequila, scotch, gin, and the like. Be wary of alcohol that has been flavored after the distillation process. It still may be gluten free, but always check. “Real” grenadine syrup or liqueur is actually made from pomegranates. (I don’t know if any of the grenadine products that I’ve used to date have actually contained pomegranates.) I’ve used both the syrup and the liqueur, interchangeably. The liqueur contains alcohol (2.5% per the label of the Jacquin’s Grenadine that I used). Usually these products contain high fructose corn syrup and not always pomegranates. If you have some time and want to make your own genuine grenadine syrup, buy some pomegranates and use this recipe. Or, make a “simple syrup” using Pom Wonderful juice from the directions shown with this recipe. If you’d like to make a smaller batch of Reindeer Antlers, just use “parts” when mixing instead of cups. So for example, you can use one part every time 1 cup is called for and three parts when the recipe says 3 cups. Shot glasses or 1/4 cup measures can be great for downsizing this recipe. You’d add one shot every time one cup is required and three shots every time 3 cups is cited.

Reindeer Antlers punch is awesome “holiday cheer”; enjoy and remember to always drink responsibly!

You can check out the other recipes for Drinks from the bloggers below:

Amy (Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free) with Healthier Eggnog

Brooke (Food Woolf) with Crab Apple-Infused Vodka

Maggy (Three Many Cooks) with Milk Punch

Alexa (Lexie’s Kitchen) with Cashew Horchata

Brian (The Gringo Chapin) with Ponche de Navidad (Christmas Punch)

Amanda (Fat Wuz Here) with Minty Hot Cocoa

Yesterday’s Appetizer recipes can be seen via the links below:

Cat (Neo-Homesteading) with Potato, Bacon & Onion Pizza

Lori (Recipe Girl) with Sundried Tomato Polenta Bites

Elaine (The Italian Dish) with Parmesan Gougeres

Marla (Family Fresh Cooking) with Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms

Mary (Giving Up on Perfect) with Tortilla Rolls and Seven Layer Dip

Debra (Smith Bites) with Dates Stuffed with Parmesan Slivers and Walnuts

(La Fuji Mama) with Endive Boats with Avocado, Pomegranate, & Crab Salad

Wenderly (Wenderly) with Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus 

Note that if you are a Twitter user, you can follow the event via the hashtag #NoKidHungry and by following the Share Our Strength Twitter account, @sharestrength.  Feel free to tweet the event daily, as well as share it on Facebook, your blog, or the old-fashioned way … just by telling a friend!

Finally, this is Day 7 of my 25 Days of Christmas event. If interested, you can see previous posts for this gfe holiday/blog anniversary event via links below:

Day 1 – Gluten-Free Holiday Giveaway Galore x 10—Giveaway of the new book, Mommy, What is Celiac Disease?, plus gluten-free treats and fun stuff. Open through Wednesday, December 15.

Day 2 — Guest Post from Debi Smith (Hunter’s Lyonesse)—My Journey Back to Healthy Living

Day 3 — Corn and Butter Bean (or Lima Bean) Casserole for A Gluten-Free Holiday (Cookbook and book giveaway ends Wednesday, December 8.)

Day 4 — Little Cayman Beach Resort Review

Day 5 — 20 (Plus) Thoughts on International Food Bloggers Conference

Day 6 — Nutiva Products (Coconut, Hemp x 2, & Chia) Review and Giveaway (Giveaway ends Saturday, December 11.)

Not just gf, but gfe!

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71 Responses to “Reindeer Antlers Punch for Share Our Holiday Table”

  1. Wendy @ Celiacs in the House on December 7th, 2010 6:12 am

    The pomegranate people are going to love the gluten-free bloggers in this event. So far three of us have used pomegranates in our recipes. Those red jewel-like arils are just so festive and Christmasy. Tia will be posting a salad and I have them on my soup later this week. Too bad we can’t all get together and share some of your Reindeer Antlers Punch.

    • Shirley on December 7th, 2010 8:06 am

      Good morning Wendy–We’re having our early morning meeting again. ;-) Per usual, I’m just an hour or so behind you. LOL Pomegranates and their arils are indeed perfect Christmas ingredients! I’m a big fan. Seasonal pomegranates are not in my very basic grocery store yet, but luckily I have some arils frozen from last year. (Yes, they are still good.) Can’t wait to see your, Tia’s, and everyone recipes! Oh, we could have an uproaring good time sitting around enjoying this punch. ;-) But, really split among all of us, we’d each get just the right amount. Just visualizing the group of us with Reindeer Antlers in hand, laughing and talking over each other brings a “warm and fuzzy” start to my day—thanks!


    • Kim - Cook It Allergy Free on December 7th, 2010 2:26 pm

      Wendy, I am thinking that if we had a few pitchers of this punch to share together, we would surely have some crazy stories and pictures to share afterwards. LOL

  2. Heather @CeliacFamily on December 7th, 2010 10:26 am

    Love the Reindeer Punch, Shirley. I think it’s going to be one of my contributions to the family celebrations this year.

    • Shirley on December 7th, 2010 11:26 pm

      Hi Heather–You and everyone else will love this one! :-)


  3. cat on December 7th, 2010 11:29 am

    wow., I’m absolutely in awe it sounds amazing! I love the sturdy amount of booze :p

    • Shirley on December 7th, 2010 11:28 pm

      Hi cat!–Welcome to gfe. :-) I like your wording … “sturdy amount of booze.” The combination works well together … one doesn’t taste the booze. ;-)


  4. Lexie on December 7th, 2010 12:23 pm

    Woohoo! This one would make me grow antlers for sure!! I don’t care the season. The next time we’re together you need to mix up a batch of this elixir. We could probably hit Wendy up for some frozen pomegranate frozen. I love your presentation, too! Thanks for sharing how it goes in your house. I was out grocery shopping last night … dragging my feet at 8:30 pm. After reading your words, I was reminded to be thankful that I even have the liberty and funds to choose what I want (well for the most part) to put in my basket.

    • Shirley on December 7th, 2010 11:31 pm

      LOL Lexie! I think we’d all enjoy this one … in the summer, I make another version of this punch called Crab Claws. :-)

      I loved your post, too. We all have so much to be thankful for, and often take it for granted. This event is a good reality check.


  5. Iris on December 7th, 2010 12:59 pm

    Haha I read that first line as “If you don’t like me” rather than “if you’re like me.” I thought, who doesn’t like Shirley!? Are they crazy!?

    We’re having a holiday party soon, so I’ll definitely be back to pick a good drink to make!

    • Shirley on December 7th, 2010 11:32 pm

      Awww, Iris, you’re such a sweetheart! :-) There are so many great beverage choices in this event today. Of course, I’m partial to my Reindeer Antlers. ;-)


  6. Maggy@ThreeManyCooks on December 7th, 2010 1:24 pm

    What a cute name! And a delicious looking drink. I love anything with grenadine – takes me back to my Shirley Temple days as a kid! But now I’ve graduated to grown up drinks ;) The ingredients remind me of a family favorite – The Mary Pickford.

    Too bad to have missed you at Blogher! But yes, I hope you make it to BSP2! It’s going to be a blast.

    • Shirley on December 7th, 2010 11:35 pm

      Hi Maggie–Welcome to gfe! :-) The history behind the name is in the original post, but have you heard about ground up reindeer antlers? ;-) It’s a wonderful punch. Oh, and yes, grenadine and Shirley Temples … yum. I don’t think I’ve ever had a Mary Pickford. Must check that out. A little piece of trivia though … we have friends who live in Palm Springs in a house formerly owned by the Mary Pickford. We’ve visted them there. It was old and needed complete gutting and renovation when they bought it, but it’s amazing now. :-)

      Yes, bummer on BlogHer, but thanks for the good vibes on BSP2! I’ll stay tuned. :-)


  7. Lisa on December 7th, 2010 2:09 pm

    This punch looks like it will certainly spread some holiday cheer! Yum! ; )

    • Shirley on December 7th, 2010 11:36 pm

      Hi Lisa–So good to see you! You really should try this punch … it’s not as scary as it seems. ;-) Delicious really!

      Happy holidays!

  8. Kim - Cook It Allergy Free on December 7th, 2010 2:23 pm

    Shirley, once again you manage to amaze me. I can hardly keep up with you. My sis is in labor today and I am crazily trying to knock off my to-do list so that I can get out to LA to be with her!! I could barely imagine getting up a post each day. Yikes!! You are awesome.
    This punch looks so delish! I am having a holiday party next week and was trying to think of a good cocktail to go with my hot cocoa bar. This one is it, I think!! Yummo! Now off to read your IFBC thoughts.

    • Shirley on December 7th, 2010 11:39 pm

      Hi Kim–After this event, I may decide to give up blogging! LOL Just kidding … really, but it’s quite the commitment. Thank you for all your overly kind words, dear! :-)

      Best of luck in getting away from everything to be with your sister … that’s so wonderful!

      You and all your guests will totally love this punch! I’m making it for a party here on the 17th. ;-)


  9. stephanie on December 7th, 2010 4:34 pm

    This drink sounds divine! I bet that it packs quite a punch too :)

    • Shirley on December 7th, 2010 11:41 pm

      Hi Stephanie! It is divine, if I do say so myself. :-) Even my husband drinks it and he usually only drinks beer for his spirits. It has an effect, but is not as potent as everyone is speculating. ;-)


  10. Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect on December 7th, 2010 5:33 pm

    Oh yum! This is definitely my kind of drink! Thank you for sharing. It’s great to work with you for Share Our Strength!

    • Shirley on December 7th, 2010 11:42 pm

      Hi Mary–Welcome to gfe! :-) Love your blog name! Perfectionism IS overrated. ;-) This is a great drink and what a wonderful event where we are all working together for such an amazing cause!


  11. marla on December 7th, 2010 6:32 pm

    Such a lovely punch recipe. I am a huge fan of anything with pomegranate seeds in it. Festive & fun. So glad to be in this important holiday event with you :) xo

    • Shirley on December 7th, 2010 11:44 pm

      Hi marla–Thanks for stopping by again! You’re right about the pomegranate arils … they are nature’s delicious glitter of sorts. They are so shiny and red, they almost don’t look real. ;-)

      Loving this event we’re in and we only just got started! :-)


  12. Carol Peterman/TableFare on December 7th, 2010 8:31 pm

    That is a beautifully festive looking drink and from the list of the ingredients it no doubt gets a party rolling!

    • Shirley on December 7th, 2010 11:48 pm

      Hi Carol–Welcome to gfe! :-) LOL on getting the party rolling. Well, it’s not as potent as it sounds IMHO, but it does “take the edge off.” ;-)

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment!

  13. Carla on December 8th, 2010 12:29 am

    Sounds wonderful. Join me in a toast, Happy Holidays to our gluten free community! You’re all wonderful. Thanks for sharing this great idea! You can make it with or without vodka to please all!

    • Shirley on December 9th, 2010 12:11 am

      Hi Carla–I’m all about toasting for the holidays and to the gf community! :-) But, if you want to make this punch non-alcoholic, you’ll have to cut out more than vodka. ;-)


  14. Tia on December 9th, 2010 8:05 pm

    Just popping in to say, “Hi!” Don’t know why I am taking the “situation” this personally, but I am having a hard time concentrating on anything since last night. Anyway, just want you to know I was here and loved the post. Having thoughts of ALL of us together enjoying the reindeer antlers.


    • Shirley on December 12th, 2010 5:33 pm

      Gosh, Tia, I was certain I replied to this comment … must have only been in my head. Sigh. ;-) Now with good news we can all sleep better and one day we’ll all enjoy these reindeer antlers together; I’m convinced! :-)


  15. Jenn on December 13th, 2010 1:14 pm

    Oh this looks so good, love the pomegranate jewels in the drink – how festive!!

    • Shirley on December 15th, 2010 7:39 pm

      Hi Jenn–My 25 Days of Christmas has me behind in replying to comments … so sorry. Thanks so much! It’s really a terrific drink and you’re right, it does looksso pretty for the holidays. Hey, I like saying pom jewels better than pom arils. :-) I’m making this for a holiday event we’re having this Friday. ;-)


  16. Michelle (What's Cooking with Kids) on December 14th, 2010 1:03 am

    What a beautiful recipe – we love pomegranates! Our kids were eating them by the handful with dinner tonight :-) Thanks for joining our efforts to end childhood hunger! xo

    • Shirley on December 15th, 2010 7:53 pm

      Hi Michelle–Welcome to gfe! :-) All the folks on the west coast seem to eat pomegranates constantly … you lucky folks. We only see pomegranates here for a short while and only at the upscale stores. In any regard, thanks so much for the kind words, Michelle! FYI–You can actually make this recipe family friendly, by leaving out the alcohol and doubling the other ingredients. ;-)

      It’s been my pleasure to be part of this SOS Share Our Holiday Table event. Hope we make a huge difference!


  17. Lisa @ Allergy Free Vintage Cookery on December 3rd, 2011 11:50 am

    Hi Shirley – I’d love to include this recipe in my upcoming post “An Allergy Friendly Holiday Tea.” Would you mind if I use one of your photos? I will include a link back to your site, and a nice big caption crediting you :)

    Lisa @ Allergy Free Vintage Cookery

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