Monday, February 9, 2009

Punch Recipe From The Bridal Shower

For everyone who asked here is the recipe for the punch that I made for the Nikki's Bridal Shower. I really liked it because it wasn't the sickly sweet punch, it had a nice tart yet sweet flavor. I found the recipe by doing a google search for "punch recipes." I got it from the website.

Here is the original recipe:
2 (6 ounce) cans frozen pink lemonade concentrate
1 (6 ounce) can frozen pineapple juice concentrate
1 gallon cranberry juice
2 liters cranberry ginger ale
4 cups crushed ice

In a large punch bowl, mix lemonade concentrate, pineapple juice concentrate and cranberry juice. Add ice and slowly pour in the ginger ale.

Here is what I did differently. I couldn't find any cranberry ginger ale so I just bought regular ginger ale. I was a little mystified by the fact that I couldn't find any ginger ale in a 2 liter bottle at the store I was at, so I ended up getting a 12 pack. (For one recipe use 6 cans, I bought enough to double it but we only ended up needing 1 batch made, so I came home and made the other batch for us)

Instead of just straight cranberry juice I used Cran-Raspberry, because I don't like straight cranberry juice, I like it mixed with another flavor. I also bought lemons and raspberries to float in the top of the punch bowl. Except we didn't end up using a punch bowl, instead we used a really fancy drink dispenser that Nikki's mom had, I did put the lemons and raspberries in the batch I made at home and it was a nice touch.

I'm excited to try new combinations later, like Cran-Grape, Orange-Pineapple instead of straight pineapple, you get the idea.

Michelle, you were asking about a dark red punch, well, we discovered that if you put some food coloring in the punch it turns a deep dark red. As Emma said, "I'm drinking blood now!" So, if you liked the punch we can use this recipe for our Twilight party, or I can look fro a different one, you decide!

PS I read Twilight last night, so I'm ready for New Moon! I finished it in a little over 4 hours, Erik said I was mean to him but he should know better than to try and talk to me while I'm reading! ;) There's a double standard at our house, I can interrupt him whenever I want but he can't interrupt me. It's sad but true, something that I need to work on. Not interrupting him that is, I can still be mean when I get interrupted, right?


rachel said...

Hey! So happy to find your blog! The punch sounds delicious- and wasn't twilight great but horribly addictive??? I am on eclipse for the second time- I had to reread everything once I saw the movie!

Michelle P said...

Yummy punch was right. Well looks like we will be drinking blood then Miss Emma!! :) So glad you liked the book and are going to be totally addicted now. Welcome to LaLa land...

Jennifer Flake said...

That punch sounds good. I LOVE cranberry juice!

Veronica Peterson said...

Thanks for the post!

The Rich's said...

that recipe sounds awesome, and i'm SO GLAD to hear that you have joined the twilight bandwagon!! happy reading!! Book 2 was my least favorite, but push through it because 3 was my favorite!!!