Over the years I have gathered some really delicious punch recipes, so I thought I would share them with you. These recipes are for punch made from scratch, no drink mixes are used, but I do usually use some type of soda pop.
The most important thing to remember when making punch is that there really is no way to mess it up. Of course you don't want to put ketchup in it, but if you stick with fruit, fruit juice and clear soda pop, everything will usually be ok. If you put a little more of one thing than the recipe calls for, it's usually not a problem. Just taste it, keep stirring and if it tastes good, serve!
Old Fashioned Fruit Punch
2 small cans frozen orange juice concentrate
1 small cans frozen lemonade concentrate
1 quart of cherry juice (32 ounces)
1 quart of pineapple juice
3 cups water
3 cups sugar
2 pints strawberries, half sliced and half whole
1 orange, sliced with rind
1/2 lime, sliced with rind
1 2 liter Seven Up (can use any clear pop)
Bring the water to a boil, add sugar and stir till dissolved
Add the three cans of concentrate and stir until all are melted
Remove from heat and refrigerate until cold
Add cherry juice, pineapple juice and Seven up
Stir until mixed
There are two ways you can serve my fruit punch with sliced fresh fruit or with a frozen fruit ring.
- Fresh Fruit - just add the pineapple, orange, lime and strawberries into the punch and then serve.
- Frozen Fruit Ring - take a jello ring mold and fill it with pineapple pieces, orange and lime slices and strawberries. Fill the mold with punch and freeze. When you are ready to serve, pop the frozen ring out of the mold and put in the punch bowl. I would still put in some sliced fruit just to be festive!
1 quart of orange juice, no pulp
1 quart ginger ale
1 quart ice cream - vanilla or orange flavored frozen extra hard
1 orange, sliced with rind on
Mix the orange juice and ginger ale in a large bowl.
Remove the ice cream from the carton and cut in half
Put one half back in the freezer, cut the other half of the ice cream into smaller pieces
Place the smaller ice cream pieces in a blender or food processor and process until liquid
Add liquified ice cream to the orange juice and ginger ale and stir
Place the frozen half of ice cream into the punch bowl and add punch and orange slices. This punch has a fairly short life, and I do not suggest that you serve it at an outdoor party. It is better to serve this at a time when it will be consumed in a short period of time, it's table life is not long, about an hour. You can extend that life by placing the punch bowl in a large bowl of crushed ice to help keep it cold.
You can make this punch in different flavors, just use different types of juice. I have used it with pineapple juice and it was delicious. I would imagine you could use it with grape juice, apple juice or any other kind of juice you like.
8 cups of apple cider
2 tablespoons of honey
3 cups of orange juice, no pulp
1/4 cups of lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 orange, sliced with rind
1/2 lemon, sliced with rind
Mix the cider, orange and lemon juice in a large bowl.
Wisk in the honey and then the nutmeg and cinnamon.
Drop in three or 4 whole cinnamon sticks, and the sliced fruit and serve chilled.
Coffee Cream Punch
1 quart of black coffee, chilled
1/4 teaspoon almond extract or flavoring
1 pint of chocolate ice cream
1 pint of vanilla ice cream
1 can of Reddi Whip
In a large bowl pour coffee, almond flavoring, and ice cream and stir till well mixed
When serving, put a squirt of Reddi Whip and a pinch of nutmeg in each glass on top of the punch.
The original recipe I had for this punch used real whipping cream, and after whipping it very dense, the lump of whipped cream was dropped into the punch bowl. I tried it this way one time and it was a real mess. The whipped cream disintegrated and made the punch a gloppy mess. The next time I made it, I used the Reddi Whip and put it in each glass individually and that worked MUCH better.
Memorial Day is a great opportunity to try one of these, I hope you like them!
Have a great week,