Daily Archives: August 12, 2013

Holiday (or anytime) Punch

This is a simple recipe. My Mom’s in the hospital again for the second time in two months with an intestinal bug. At age 89, that’s not the best thing for her to be dealing with. However, I’m happy to say she’s getting better with each passing day. And, in honor of that, I thought I’d put a simple punch recipe up.

This is the family’s go-to recipe for gatherings. It’s been our standard Christmas punch for, oh, twenty years or better. We still gather, those of us siblings, grandkids, great-grandkids, cousins and friends for a brunch every Christmas morning. We generally number in the 40-50 range and we LOVE traditions. Each year, we must bring the same thing. The menu must be identical to last years. And we still kid my brother for forgetting the biscuits one year (for biscuits and gravy).

Read very carefully as there is a secret ingredient. đŸ™‚

HOLIDAY PUNCH

Blend:

  •  1 frozen concentrate lemonade (regular, not pink, mixed with water per can instructions)
  • 1 frozen concentrate orange juice (mixed with 3 cans of water)
  • 1 -2-liter bottle of 7-Up, Sprite, Sierra Mist or other lemon-lime carbonated beverage.

That’s it. That’s the recipe. Oh, wait a minute. I didn’t give you the secret ingredient. Okay, grab your jello mold. You know, the thing you used to make jello in that you could turn upside down onto a plate and get that solid jello round? Pour a jar of maraschino cherries, aka, secret ingredient (drained of liquid) into the mold, then fill with orange juice and freeze overnight. When you make the punch, plop (carefully) the jello mold into the punch bowl.

It always amazes me how fast those cherries go. The kids (some under ten years of age, some over) always go for the cherries.

It’s a refreshingly simple punch, but one that, in our family, will always be called

“Gramma’s Punch”

Have a wonderful Monday, everyone!

Laurie Ryan

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