Whenever I need a recipe for entertaining I go to my Grandma. My grandparents threw amazing parties 1950’s/1960’s and my grandmother was the consummate hostess and cook. When I was in my 20s I would call her and tell her about the party I was planning. She would ask me questions and then get back to me in a day or so with some ideas for a menu and recipes. Its been 5-6 years since I could call her for help though. She has advanced Alzheimer’s. I miss those phone calls dearly but in their place I have her recipes.
Although we had the food catered for our House (re)Warming, Matt and I both wanted to serve an alcoholic punch. Grandma’s recipes to the rescue. When we were looking for a signature drink recipe for our wedding, we used a family recipe that she made for my parent’s wedding. Our guests loved the drink and we toyed with the idea of making it again for our party but we decided to go with something new. I think the sheer volume of hard punch recipes that we had to choose from is a testament to how much the entertaining that she and my grandfather did. We selected the Easy Punch recipe because it was in a word: Easy… and tasty- whoops that is two words.
I purchased double the ingredients to I could make a second batch of “Virgin Punch” for our non-drinking friends, plus I didn’t easily find 6 oz juice concentrate containers. I remember them as a kid but the grocery store seems to only sell 12 oz containers now. Oh well… at least that made doubling the recipe easy.
The strawberries help to keep the punch cool and don’t dilute like ice would. Plus they are yummy. A half mason jar is more than enough to sip on. It’s pretty strong so you won’t want to pour yourself a huge glass.
To make a virgin version simply replace the gin with sparkling water. We used Talking Rain Tangerine.
This was definitely a keeper recipe. I’m excited to see alcoholic punches coming back into vogue, mainly because it gives me an excuse to go digging through my grandma’s recipes.
Do you like a hard punch? What is your favorite alcoholic party beverage (non-beer/wine)?
1 package frozen strawberries
1 lg can pineapple juice
6 oz frozen lemonade concentrate
6 oz frozen orange juice concentrate
Juice from one lime
1/4 cup sugar
1 liter Club Soda
1 liter Ginger Ale
1 fifth of Gin (or Vodka)
Mix in a large punch bowl. Float frozen strawberries on top when ready to serve.