Honey Tangerine Champagne Punch With Black Cherry Granita

By • November 4, 2011 • 18 Comments



Author Notes: Honey tangerines are hands down my favorite citrus fruit. I buy large quantities and both eat and juice them all winter. They are a cross between a standard tangerine and an orange, are larger and juicier and have a wonderful tart/sweet flavor. For this punch I mix freshly squeezed honey tangerine juice with the juice of navel oranges, add champagne and black cherry granita. Its festive and has the extra perk of being loaded with vitamin c and anti-oxidants.
For smaller parties simply adjust the recipe and you don't have to make in a punch bowl just make each drink individually. You can play with the proportions there is no wrong way to mix this up.
sdebrango

Serves 10-12

The juice, simple syrup and granita

  • 8-10 honey tangerines (should make approximately 3 cups of juice)
  • 6 navel oranges (should make approximately 3 cups of juice)
  • the zest of 2 tangerines or 1 navel orange
  • 1/2 cup sugar (for simple syrup)
  • 1/2 cup water (for simple syrup
  • 1 quart black cherry juice no sugar added (I used R.W Knudson) (for granita)
  • 2 tablespoons creme de Mure or cassis (for granita)
  • 1/2 cup sugar (for granita)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (for granita)
  1. To make the simple syrup, in med saucepan add sugar, water and tangerine or orange zest. Bring to a boil, don't stir just swirl the pot to make sure no sugar crystals stick to the side of the pan. When all of the sugar is dissolved remove from heat, let come to room temperature pour through sieve into jar and refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. In same saucepan add black cherry juice, sugar and lemon zest bring to a boil, stir frequently and remove from heat when sugar is dissolved. Add the creme de mure or cassis. Bring to room temperature or to quicken the process put in ice bath to get it cold and pour into rectangular non reactive pan. Place in freezer for approximately 1 1/2 hours, (you will see the edges starting to freeze) using a fork scrape and put back in freezer, repeat this process every hour until its frozen through and resembles shaved ice. Cover and keep frozen. It takes about 3-4 hours to make this.
  3. Juice your tangerines and oranges and refrigerate. All ingredients should be cold when you assemble the punch. Chill your champagne.

Putting it all together

  • 6 cups tangerine/orange juice (48 oz)
  • 1 1/2 - 2 bottles champagne (the amount of champagne depends on how boozy you want the punch)
  • 1/4 cup tangerine simple syrup
  • black cherry granita
  1. Chill your punch bowl. Add juice and simple syrup and stir to combine. Add the champagne. Have your glasses or champagne flutes ready. To serve, scoop a heaping tablespoon of granita into glass, ladle punch over the granita and enjoy!
  2. Note: This can be made with seltzer or sparkling water instead of champagne for a booze free punch if you use sparkling water add 1/2 cup simple syrup.
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over 2 years ago ashleypiersonchasesdinner

What a wonderful punch recipe. This sounds wonderful sdebrango!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much ashley, it all comes together so nicely and you just can't beat freshly squeezed honey tangerine juice.

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over 2 years ago lapadia

Yes, I love the tangerines...your recipe flavors just screams the holidays!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much lapadia!

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over 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Love honey tangerines, and the granita sounds amazing! Cheers!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much, the granita by itself is really good. was thinking of just the granita with champagne would be good.

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over 2 years ago lorigoldsby

This will definitely go into the rotation--I'm lucky enough to get 2 large boxes of these tangerines each winter. Thanks!


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over 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Oh you are lucky, I think they are the best. Thanks so much!

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over 2 years ago drbabs

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LOVE

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much!

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over 2 years ago Panfusine

This sounds so lovely.. so exotic!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much, the honey tangerine juice is delicious and with the black cherry granita I was trying to mimic blood orange flavor.

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over 2 years ago cookinginvictoria

Wow, sdebrango, this looks so festive and celebratory, a perfect holiday punch. The black cherry granita is a wonderful touch. I'm with wssmom -- I love honey tangerines too (and champagne)!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much, I could eat them non stop all winter. It is festive and so delicious.

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over 2 years ago Bevi

LOVE!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks Bevi, gonna need all the vitamin C and anti-oxidents to get us through the holidays!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you, I thought of a blood orange which has a cherry note, this is very pretty two tone. Rather than do a blood orange punch I thought this might be nice,

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over 2 years ago wssmom

Ooooooo I LOVE the black cherry granita! (I love the champagne and the OJ, too)