Smith Teamaker releases new Merry Maker’s Punch for the holiday season
The master flavour formulators in Smith Teamaker’s Tea Lab have created what they believe to be the perfect holiday party starter. Released on SmithTea.com, Merry Maker’s Punch ($19.99) is a ruby red, all-natural spiced hibiscus tea blend with notes of cranberry, honey and spice. The punch was designed to be served straight or used as a mixer in myriad ways, making it the perfect addition to the holiday table, as a complement to any holiday feast, or on its own. The light and giftable package contains 10 large plant-based sachets, which each brew up cups of festive goodness.
“We created this punch as a versatile base for all of your holiday festivities,” says head teamaker Ravi Kroesen. “It’s delicious hot or iced, but it’s also a perfect jumping off point to create simple but impressive cocktails.”
Merry Maker’s Punch is delightful on its own, or as a zingy mixer for anything from an alcohol-free spritz to a spirited Old Fashioned. This festive botanical-based elixir offers all the merry makings of a season to celebrate. It’s flavour is built around hibiscus, ginger, cassia, sarsaparilla, and clove, with additional floral botanicals such as rose petals and elderflower.
Festive serving suggestions (full recipes are printed on package)
Merry Maker’s Zero-Proof Spritz: Top one part brewed punch concentrate with grapefruit soda in a glass over ice, and garnish with an orange twist. Enjoy as a mocktail, or add your favourite spirit.
Winter Mimosa: Stir 3 parts Prosecco into 1 part punch concentrate, add a dash of simple syrup if desired.
Mulled Merry Maker’s Punch: Add equal parts punch concentrate and apple cider. Serve chilled, OR, bring to a simmer on the stovetop with cinnamon sticks and cranberries. Sweeten to taste and add Bourbon if desired. Garnish with orange wheels, fresh cranberries and rosemary.