Fruit Punch

fruit punch

This Fruit Punch is hands down the best fruit punch I have ever tasted. It definitely has that extra ‘something-something’! Every Christmas my Grandma would arrive with all the bits and pieces required to make up her punch. I would help her carry her goodies in from the car, and look forward to drinking cup after cup of this delicious drink. It tastes good; it smells good; it looks good. Yum!

So when it was a dear family friends’ 18th birthday party, I volunteered to bring some along. A friend helped me do the maths and put the Fruit Punch together in my gorgeous cut glass punch bowl, and it was time to get the party started!

It was a beautiful party, with a decadent glazing table, great company, and great tunes. Wondering if I was biased regarding my punch love, I was keen to get some feedback.

I wasn’t disappointed. The birthday girl’s mother informed me that her fussy father was impressed, and she herself loved it and wanted the recipe. I saw others coming back for cup after cup, and I knew my childhood memories were justified.

I think the killer ingredient is the cold tea. That, combined with the mint and passionfruit creates a great backdrop to the variety of juices and soft drinks added.

This recipe makes two punch bowls worth of punch, so half the amounts per serving. Enjoy!

 

Fruit Punch
Ingredients
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 cups cold tea
  • 4 cups orange juice
  • 4 cups pineapple juice
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 6 passionfruit
  • 4 pints (4 cups) dry ginger ale
  • 2 pints (2 cups) lemonade
  • 2 pints (2 cups) soda water
  • Mint
  • Thin orange slices
  • Ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Boil sugar and water 6 or 7 minutes. Cool syrup.
  2. Combine fruit juice and passionfruit pulp with cold tea and syrup.
  3. When required for serving, add 2 large trays of ice cubes and 3 or 4 sprigs of crushed mint.
  4. Add ginger ale, lemonade and soda water.
  5. Taste and if required add iced water.
  6. Serve and decorate with slices of orange floating on top. (1 bottle of raspberry topping may be added for colour if desired).

 

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In my kitchen lie my late grandmother's recipe books that have been covered with dust for too long. It's time to open these books and discover tasty food from a simpler life. I'd love for you to join me as I add to this collection some tried and true recipes from my grandmother's recipe books.

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