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. ๐Ÿ™‚



  • ย 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 ingredientย (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

17 responses to “Holiday (or anytime) Punch

  1. Wow, Laurie the punch recipe sounds easy & yummy. I have printed it out and may just use it at my family Christmas gathering. Easier than a bunch of bottles of this & that. Thanks……

    • Yep. It’s easy and a family favorite. We have one of those beverage dispensers but can’t use it for Gramma’s punch because the kids can’t get at the cherries. lol

  2. I love the punch recipe. I do hope your Mom heals quickly.

    • Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Jamie. Yes, we are all hoping Mom gets better quickly. At 89, any illness is concerning. But she is improving and we hope to talk to the doctor today about what she needs to do to be discharged. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Will keep this one handy. Love a good punch and you don’t have to worry it will dilute by using ice cubes.

  4. Sounds delicious, Laurie. I hope your mum improves soon and can be discharged.

  5. Mom is HOME!!!!! Got sprung from the hospital around 5PM AND is testing negative for the nasty bug that laid her low. So now we finish out her antibiotics, help her regain her strength, and pray. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. So that’s the secret recipe….good to finally have it!

  7. Valerie J. Patterson

    Laurie, I’m glad your mom was discharged on Monday. I normally skip the recipes (sorry), but when I saw that it started with news of your mom, I read on. Hope she is right as rain for a long time to come. Take care, and thanks for the punch recipe. I might use it at church. ๐Ÿ˜›

  8. Do hope your mom is on the way to recovery. Love the punch – must give it a try – the cherries idea is brilliant. Never mind the kids, think us adults will be fighting for them.

  9. I’ll be making this one!! I LOVE cherries!!!!!

    Hoping and praying your mom is on the mend. Take care of you, too, dear friend!

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