Orange Green Tea Punch

Orange-Green-Tea-Punch.jpgI really haven’t missed alcohol much at all for the past seven months. I kind of thought I would – we were living in wine country up until two weeks ago, after all. But no, I’ve been perfectly content to just drink tea, water, juice and small amounts of coffee since finding out I was pregnant back in July.

Deli meat, on the other hand, is a totally different story. All I want in life lately is a ham sandwich, piled high with meat, some Swiss and mayo. I’ve tried heating up the meat first, but it isn’t the same. I’ve already directed Dan to make sure my first post-delivery meal is a sandwich.

The one exception to the “I don’t really miss alcohol” rule seems to be when I think about New Year’s Eve. It is the one time of year when we make brandy slush, and we savor every last glass of that batch. That obviously isn’t going to be how we ring in 2015. We’ll also be forgoing our usual board-games-and-cocktails New Year’s Eve party. I don’t think we’ll be up for driving to Milwaukee for our friends’ party that soon after moving and closing on our house, and I doubt we will be unpacked and settled enough to host a big crowd at the new place.


I’ll be honest, I’m a little bummed to be missing out on our annual December 31 traditions. But, I reason, nearly all of our traditions are going to change in some way next year anyways, right? We won’t be giving them up entirely, but they’ll be tweaked to better fit our new little family. And that’s what we’ll do this year – tweak our New Year’s Eve traditions to allot for all the life changes we’ve made in the past six weeks. Maybe we won’t host or attend a giant game night complete with a full cocktail menu, but we can still have a small group of family or friends over a game or two. And while I may not make a big batch of brandy slush to ring in the new year, I can certainly make a bowl of orange green tea mocktail punch that our alcohol-drinking friends can spike with some brandy.

Cheers to the holiday season and ever-changing traditions!

Orange Green Tea Punch

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: Serves 12-16

Orange Green Tea Punch

This fruity mocktail punch will please all of your guests. Offer a bottle of brandy alongside the punch and allow the adults to spike their drinks as desired.

Adapted from this brandy slush recipe .


  • 4 bags green tea
  • 1/4 cup orange marmalade
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 9 cups water, divided
  • 16 ounces orange juice
  • 16 ounces cranberry juice or cranberry juice cocktail
  • 16 ounces citrus soda (7Up, Sprite, etc)
  • Ice
  • Orange slices or candied orange peel, for garnish (optional)


  1. Arrange the tea bags in a big heat-proof bowl. It will need to hold all of the punch, so be sure it is extra-large! Scoop the marmalade and sugar into the bottom of the bowl.
  2. Bring seven cups of water to just below a boil. Pour over the tea bags and steep for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the tea bags and whisk to finish mixing in the sugar and marmalade.
  4. Add the remaining two cups of water and both the orange and cranberry juices to help cool the punch.
  5. When the punch is at room temperature, it can be chilled. Either refrigerate it for later (and add ice just before your party) or add ice now.
  6. Just before serving, stir in the citrus soda.
  7. Garnish each glass with an orange slice or a few pieces of candied orange peel (optional) before ladling in the punch.

Green Tea & Strawberry Panna Cotta

Green Tea & Strawberry Panna Cotta

This post is sponsored by Kiss Me Organics’ Organic Matcha Green Tea.

Alert! Next Sunday is Mother’s Day – are you prepared? Sadly, I’ll be half a country away from my mom next weekend, but she’ll at least get a gift and a video chat. Ah, the joys of modern technology!

But if you’re planning on cooking for your mom next Sunday, consider making her this green tea & strawberry panna cotta.  Panna cottas, puddings and other no-bake desserts are perfect for parties and brunches, because they need to be made well in advance. That gives you one less thing to worry about on party day! Plus, the green tea and strawberry flavor combination is perfect for spring.

I love cooking and baking with tea, because it adds depth and nuances of flavor to any dish. I’ve used tea in many recipes here on Savvy Eats, and recently started experimenting with matcha green tea in the kitchen. I’m loving it because I don’t need to grind up the tea leaves or steep the tea in my milk or other cooking liquid first – since it has already been ground into a powder, I can just mix it right into the other ingredients. In addition to using it in panna cotta, I’ve been blending it into my morning smoothies for a little health and flavor boost – it is packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals!

Want to try some matcha in your own kitchen? Kiss Me Organics has offered to send one Savvy Eats reader a bag of their organic culinary grade matcha green tea. You can find the giveaway after the recipe!

Green Tea & Strawberry Panna Cotta

So, let’s get started. This panna cotta and its accompanying strawberry topping take under 20 minutes to put together, and then they just need to rest in the refrigerator for a few hours. Make it the night before your brunch or dinner party, and you’ll have one less thing to prepare the day of your event. All you’ll have to do the next day is pour the strawberries over the set panna cotta, and dessert will be ready!


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