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Festive Party Punches

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.

Strawberry Punch


  • 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 where special occasions and traditions are celebrated year round with recipes, crafts, decorating and more!

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