This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kroger. The opinions and text are all mine.
I’m sitting at my desk writing and looking out of my office window. It looks out over my backyard filled with huge 40 year old trees. I’m so lucky because my backyard is one of my favorite places on Earth! I can see the chickens wandering around my neighbors yard, the apples on the tree outside my window and the ground is covered in Fall leaves. It fills me with so much happiness I could burst! When I see the leaves on the ground I start to think about Thanksgiving and Christmas. The reason I love these holidays is that I get to spend time with my friends and family!
I love entertaining during the holidays because I get to spend time with people I love and have a great time with! Entertaining at the holidays can be stressful but I have some of the best tips for holiday entertaining. I just shared them the other day so make sure you check it out. One of my tips is serve pitcher drinks! They’re so simple to make, you can mix them up ahead of time and people can serve themselves!
I partner with Kroger and they recently had me and my blogging friends out to their office for a #BloggerBanquet! We got to chat with the awesome people at Kroger to learn more about ClickList, how they develop the new products that they bring out and tour the largest Kroger store in the country. There was even a little Christmas caroling in ugly Christmas sweaters. It had everything we needed to get into the holiday spirit! The best part was the #BloggerBanquet! We each prepared a dish and shared it at a big dinner at the end of the day! It was so much fun!!! I knew a lot of the bloggers and got to meet even more in person for the first time. We had a blast and it was exactly what I love about the season.
There were about 20 or 30 of us and I was in charge of the cocktail. I knew right away it was going to be a pitcher drink. I didn’t want to be stuck behind the bar while all my friends were having a good time. I also knew that I wanted to serve something up that would be just as good without alcohol. About half of the bloggers there don’t drink and it’s the same at a party right? At any party you’ll have someone that doesn’t drink or isn’t drinking to be the safe designated driver and I wanted to make sure that they weren’t left out.
I settled on the Cranberry Pineapple Punch because it was a beautiful color the this time of year but it also has a bit of a tropical flavor. It makes it taste so refreshing and ads a bit of sunshine into these dark winter days we’re heading into here in Portland.
I made two pitchers one for each drink, with and without alcohol. Because the pitchers were identical I marked the one without alcohol with a napkin around the handle. That way there isn’t any confusion. With a label the pitchers could still get switched up. This way you know everyone can find their drink. I’d also freeze some fresh cranberries and use them to garnish the drinks. That way you can keep them cold longer without watering them down. Plus, the cranberries and sliced limes look so pretty together floating in this gorgeous drink!
Cranberry Pineapple Punch was such a hit I had to remake both pitchers three times! I love the flavor of the drink so much! It really is nice to have a bit of a tropical hint especially the rum version. It makes me feel like I could be either sharing what I’m thankful for or sitting on a beach relaxing. It’s a total holiday win in my book!
Original article and pictures take http://realhousemoms.com/cranberry-pineapple-punch/ site