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The Persimmon Punch | @withfoodandlove

This time last year I had no idea I’d be living in St. Louis. And that’s some really crazy shit you guys. Life in the Midwest proves to be slow and patient and kind, and we like it here. But, we also miss our family back east, a lot. Especially right now. This year Thanksgiving will look a little different. Just me, my husband and a bunch of aviation obsessed dudes who were transplanted to the Midwest like us. They’ll watch football, and eat brie and drink fancy cocktails. Chet and me will stay in the kitchen – just the way I like it.

Here are a few things that are on tap for our Thanksgiving celebrations.

For drinking:

These Persimmon Punch martinis
Black Peppercorn + Cranberry Shrubs
Sonja and Alex’s Pomegranate Cider Spritzer

For eating:

Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Shallot + Sage Toasted Breadcrumbs
Roasted Acorn Squash with Caramelized Shallots
Super Veggie Sage Stuffing
Elizabeth’s Roasted Fennel + Satsuma Salad
Emilie’s Maple Roasted Harvest Vegetables
Lily’s Fennel Spiced Cranberry Sauce + Rosemary Chevre Mashed Potatoes
Renee’s High Vibe Pumpkin Pie with a dollop of my Vanilla Ginger Coconut Cream

These Persimmon Punch martinis, are sweet but not too sweet, and perfect with any spirit or sparkling wine of your choice. I hope you love them as much as I do. Wishing you all a warm and happy and healthy holiday. See you next week, xx.

The Persimmon Punch | @withfoodandlove

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The Persimmon Punch | @withfoodandlove

Yield: 8 cocktails

Persimmon Cocktail with Caramelized Persimmon Pureé

Persimmon Cocktail with Caramelized Persimmon Pureé

A persimmon cocktail with caramelized persimmon pureé and your favorite spirit. Shake it till it's icy cold and serve it with a sprig of thyme.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


Pureé Ingredients

  • 3 medium persimmons
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 5 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups filtered

Cocktail Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons persimmon pureé
  • 1 ounce vodka, gin or bourbon
  • 4 ounces club soda
  • 1 cup ice
  • sprig thyme (to garnish)


    1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
    2. Trim the leaves off the persimmons and then cut into quarters. Then in a mixing bowl toss the persimmon in the oil, maple syrup, cinnamon and salt. Spread them onto a baking sheet and nestle the sprigs of thyme on top.
    3. Roast for 45 minutes, flipping halfway. The persimmons are done with they are juicy, bubbly and soft throughout. Remove them from the oven and allow them to rest until they're cool enough to handle.
    4. In a blender combine the caramelized persimmons with the lemon juice and water, and process until smooth.
    5. To make the cocktail combine the persimmon pureé, spirit, club soda and ice in a martini shake. Gentle shake, strain into a martini glass and garnish with a sprig of thyme.

Eden Passante

Monday 14th of December 2015

Love permissions and this punch recipe looks amazing! I love the color that they make!


Sunday 6th of December 2015

Hi Sherrie! I made the chocolate ginger bark and it is wonderful! Great food gift, if any of it is leftover to actually make it in to a gift bag...also, on your persimmon punch post I noticed you mentioning "Chet" and knew right away that you were talking about Chet of my husband's and my all time favorite trumpet players who also has a GREAT voice. My husband has been doing a jazz show on our local radio station for 30 years now and I know that he would be thrilled that younger folks are appreciating this music genre as much as he and I do.

I hope that your time off brings you some peace and joy...Nickie


Sunday 6th of December 2015

Oh yes, Chet. That man, he soothes my soul. All my love to you this holiday season Nickie!

Jennifer Farley

Tuesday 1st of December 2015

Gorgeous photos, gorgeous recipe :)


Sunday 6th of December 2015

Thanks Jennifer, xo!


Monday 30th of November 2015

What a great menu.. Hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving. This Persimmon punch sounds (and looks) delicious. XOXO

Tessa | Salted Plains

Friday 27th of November 2015

This persimmon punch sounds crazy good, Sherrie. Just beautiful! I hope your first Thanksgiving in STL was a good one (sans all this rain our state has been having!!). xo!


Sunday 6th of December 2015

We should have some when I'm in KC :) !!!!!

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