bittersweet orange punch

A simple make-ahead signature punch.
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 days
Ready in
1 days
+
40 mins
Ingredients (Serves 150)
  • 6 navel oranges, halved lengthwise and sliced thinly
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon bitters
  • 24 bottles sparkling wine, chilled
Directions
  • Combine the oranges, sugar, and 8 cups of water in a large glass bowl; cover with plastic wrap and microwave on high for 8 minutes.
  • Remove and stir to dissolve the sugar; add bitters and stir to combine.
  • Allow mixture to cool completely, then pour into two round cake pans; cover and freeze overnight.
  • One hour before you plan to serve punch, remove one cake pan from freezer, and dip into a pan of hot water for a few seconds, to loosen ice.
  • Place the frozen round in a large punch bowl, and pour 6 bottles of sparkling wine on top. Let sit until ready to serve, then add 6 more bottles of sparkling wine as needed.
  • Shortly before this punch batch is gone, repeat the process with the second frozen round and case of sparkling wine.
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