Friday, April 15, 2011

Happy Hour! Punched up Punch

Punch is so timeless and so delicious!   We can think of very few things that shout PARTY better than punch!  Here are a few recipes to try at your next soiree. 

Classic Lime Punch with Vodka

2 quarts lime sherbet
2 liters ginger ale
1 (46-ounce) can pineapple juice
Lemon slices
Lime slices
Maraschino cherries

In a punch bowl, add 2 quarts of lime sherbet. Then add ginger ale and pineapple juice. Decorate with lemon and lime slices and some maraschino cherries.  To spike the punch, add chilled vodka to taste. 

Champagne Punch


1 bottle champagne
48 oz. fresh-squeezed orange juice
48 oz. pineapple juice
3/4 c. peach brandy (add more to taste)
1 pkg. frozen sweetened strawberries
32 oz. bottle club soda
Fresh peaches & strawberries
Place frozen strawberries into chilled punch bowl. Add juices, brandy and champagne or ginger ale. Add ice & fresh fruit. Add club soda and stir.
Bourbon punch with pink grapefruit and mint

1/3 cup water
1/3 cup sugar
15 fresh mint sprigs, divided
4 cups strained fresh pink grapefruit juice
2 1/2 cups bourbon
12 dashes angostura bitters
1 cup club soda
1 ice block

Stir 1/3 cup water and sugar in small saucepan over low heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat and bring to boil. Add 5 fresh mint sprigs. Remove from heat; cool syrup completely.
Strain syrup into punch bowl. Add juice, bourbon, and bitters; mix in soda and 10 mint sprigs. Add ice to bowl.  Use pretty fresh fruit for garnishes. 

Note, all recipes can be served without alcohol.   Just swap in ginger ale. 


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