Holiday Wine Punch

The perfect beverage for a holiday meal or cocktail party. Crushed basil infuses this drink with an interesting flavor your guests will love.


3 1/2 cups peach-mango juice (such as V-8 V-Fusion)


1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1 cup fresh basil leaves

1 bottle (750 mm) Pinot Grigio or other dry wine wine, well chilled

Honey Tips

Honey Is Magic

In the days before biology and botany were understood, people thought it was a special kind of magic that turned flower nectar into honey.


In a medium saucepan combine 2 cups of juice, honey, lemon juice and basil. Heat to a simmer, crushing basil leaves with a potato masher or back of spoon to release their essence. Once mixture simmers, remove from heat to cool. Strain into a pitcher or bowl. Discard basil leaves. Stir in remaining peach-mango juice. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Can be made up to 48 hours ahead.
When ready to serve, gently stir wine into fruit mixture and pour into glasses.
Serves: 4-6