UMO-PUNCH It’s [almost] the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas lights are popping up around the city, the first holiday party invites start rolling in, we begin to craft our holiday wish lists… and for me, the dreaded holiday pot lucks are in full swing. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good celebration. What I don’t love is the anxiety that sets in when I’m expected to bring a dish to share. Thankfully, Uncle Matt’s Organic has a long list of delicious recipe ideas that have me feeling calm, cool, collected and totally prepared for the holiday season!

I can’t wait to try Uncle Matt’s Holiday Citrus Punch, which includes Uncle Matt’s Organic delicious orange juice – perfect for a light, festive citrusy take on the holidays. One of our favorite event planners, Debi Lilly of A Perfect Event, did a great rendition of the recipe in her Holiday 2013 eMagizine.

Here is the entire Uncle Matt’s Holiday Citrus Punch recipe for your drinking pleasure, and cheers to a holly, jolly holiday season!

Ingredients: 32-ounce bottle cranberry juice cocktail, chilled 46-ounce can pineapple juice, chilled 2 cups Uncle Matt’s Organic orange juice, chilled 2/3 cup lemon juice Large bottle 7-Up or other lemon-lime soda, chilled

Directions: 1. Combine first 4 ingredients. 2. Add soda and stir. 3. Serve in decorative punch bowl. 4. Garnish with Holiday Cheer Ice Cubes

Holiday Cheer Ice Cubes Ingredients: Oranges Pineapple slices Strawberries Maraschino Cherries, whole Cranberry juice cocktail

Directions: 1. Slice citrus fruit into small pieces. 2. Place fruit in bottom of individual ice cube tray compartments. 3. Cover fruit pieces with cranberry juice cocktail. 4. Freeze until solid. 5. Drop in individual glasses, fruits or punch bowls.

Brigid Parr Senior Publicist