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by Brenda Hyde
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There is something festive about a bowl of punch served in dainty glasses from an old fashioned punch bowl. Whether you are visiting with family on Christmas Eve, throwing a traditional New Year's Eve bash or gathering for a special birthday, try one of these festive punch recipes!
Old Fashioned Fruit Punch
This is from the Rumford Complete Cook Book
- 2 pounds sugar
- 2 quarts wate
- 2 quarts mineral water
- 1 large pineapple, shredded
- Juice of 6 oranges and 4 lemons
- 2 cups sliced strawberries
- 3 sliced bananas
- 1 cup raspberry or other fruit syrup
- Cracked ice
Boil the sugar with one pint of the water to form a syrup; add the remaining water, mineral water, fruit and ice. Served very cold.
- 3 cups boiling water
- 1 small package strawberry gelatin
- 1 package (10 ounces) frozen, sugared strawberries
- 1 can frozen lemonade
- 1 liter gingerale
- 1/4 cup sugar
Mix gelatin and water, add thawed strawberries, lemonade and sugar. Before serving add the gingerale.
Banana Fruit Punch
- 5 Bananas
- 46 ounce can pineapple juice
- 12 ounce can frozen orange juice
- 4 tablespoons Real Lemon concentrate
- 4 cups sugar
- 6 cups water
- 2 liter bottle of lemon lime soda
Process bananas in blender until pureed. Mix with other ingredients, except for soda. At this point you can freeze the punch in a container, and break up in a punch bowl one hour before serving, adding the lemon lime soda at this time.
Citrus Punch with Sherbet
- 1 large can pineapple juice, chilled
- 1 large can grapefruit juice, chilled
- 2 liter bottle lemon lime soda
- Lime or lemon and orange sherbet
- Mix beverages together and place small scoops of sherbet on top. This makes 1 punch bowl.
Tropical Kiwi Punch
- 12 ounce can Pina Colada Mix
- 2 kiwi, peeled and sliced
- 1 banana, sliced
- Vanilla ice cream
- 2 12 ounce cans cold gingerale
In a blender combine the Pina Colada Mix, kiwi and banana. Mix until smooth. Freeze the mixture for one hour. Pour 1/4 cup of this mixture into 8 glasses, dividing evenly. Top each with a scoop of ice cream. Add the chilled gingerale to each glass to fill. Top with a slice of kiwi if desired. Serve immediately.
Brenda is a wife and mom to three. She is also editor of OldFashionedeLiving.com where special occasions and traditions are celebrated year round with recipes, crafts, decorating and more!
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