Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Is for Drink or Punch

For the Recipe Scavenger Hunt 2, I received these recipes for the "Is for Drink or Punch" category:

Cranberry Party Punch

3 (12 oz) cans frozen lemonade, thawed and diluted
1 qt cranberry juice
1 cup frozen orange juice, thawed and undiluted
1 (28 oz) bottle ginger ale, chilled
1 orange, thinly sliced

Combine lemonade and juices and chill. Add ginger ale just before serving. Garnish with orange slices. Makes 1 ½ gallons.

Fruit Punch

2 pints strawberries, hulled
3 cup sugar
1 48 ounce can pineapple juice
2 6 ounce cans frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
2 6 ounce cans frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
1 liter bottle lemon-lime soda
3 cup water

Combine the orange juice, lemonade and pineapple juice and stir well.
Bring 3 cup water and sugar to a boil in a heavy sauce pan and boil until sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Let cool. Add the syrup to the fruit juices.
Place the whole strawberries into a ruing mold. Pour in enough fruit juice to fill the mold. Freeze. Refrigerate the remaining juice.
When ready to serve, pour the fruit juice into a punch bowl and add the Sprite. Float the strawberry ice ring in the punch.

Spiced Pomegranate Sipper

1 (2 ½ inch long) cinnamon stick
5 whole cloves
5 thin fresh ginger slices
2 (16 oz) bottles refrigerated 100% pomegranate juice
4 cups white grape juice
½ cup pineapple juice
Garnishes: pineapple chunks, orange rind curls

Cook cinnamon stick, cloves, and ginger in dutch oven over medium heat, stirring constantly, 2-3 minutes or until cinnamon is fragrant.
Gradually stir in juices, bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 15 minutes. Pour mixture through a wire mesh strainer into a heat-proof pitcher; discard solids. Serve warm.
Tipsy version: Stir in 1 ¼ cups almond liquor just before serving.
Cold version: Prepare as directed. Let stand 30 minutes. Cover and chill 2 hours. Keeps in refrigerator up to 2 days.
Fizzy version: Prepare cold version and stir in 1 (33.8 oz) bottle ginger ale just before serving.

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