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
- 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 ingredients together in a very large container. I add my ingredients to a gallon-sized jar, place the lid on it and just shake 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. (See notes for additional presentation ideas.)
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!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:
Yesterday’s Appetizer recipes can be seen via the links below:
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 6 — Nutiva Products (Coconut, Hemp x 2, & Chia) Review and Giveaway (Giveaway ends Saturday, December 11.)
This post is linked to Saturday Night Fever.