When I first got married, many, many moons ago, I received this recipe book as a bridal shower gift. (I don’t even think the internet was up and running for us back then to look up recipes!) I didn’t cook much back then. Not much as changed really, but that’s neither here nor there.
Anyway, there are two recipes from this book that ALWAYS gets rave reviews from friends and family. The one I’m sharing with you today is a recipe for the best punch ever! I make this punch for birthdays, bunco, family gatherings, in the summer and winter, it doesn’t matter. It a huge hit every time! I have made one slight change to the original recipe only because I can never find the right size of concentrated juice it calls for.
MARDI GRAS PUNCH
1 – 6 oz can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed (again, I buy a 12 oz. can and use the whole can.)
1 cup water
Fruit pieces, such as cut up oranges, strawberries, limes, blueberries, kiwi
1 quart chilled apple juice
2 quarts chilled ginger ale (I use Schweppes ginger ale, it’s my favorite.)
Combine the orange juice and lemonade concentrates. Refrigerate half of the concentrate mixture. Add the cup of water to the remaining half of concentrate.
TO SERVE: In a large punch bowl, stir together the chilled juice concentrates and the apple juice. Slowly pour the ginger ale down the side of the punch bowl. Add the fruit filled ice cubes and serve.
NOTE: For a more festive (alcohol) punch, I discovered champagne is an excellent added ingredient! ;)