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