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Five festive party punches

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FRUITY AND SWEET

There is something so cheery about a bowl of punch served in dainty glasses from an old-fashioned punch bowl. Whether you are visiting with family on Christmas Eve, throwing a traditional New Year's Eve bash or gathering for a special birthday, you'll get three cheers for trying one of these festive punch recipes!

Old Fashioned Fruit Punch
Ingredients:

2 pounds sugar
2 quarts water
2 quarts mineral water
1 large pineapple, shredded
Juice of 6 oranges
Juice of 4 lemons
2 cups sliced strawberries
3 sliced bananas
1 cup raspberry or other fruit syrup
Cracked ice

 

Directions:
Boil the sugar with one pint of the water to form a syrup; add the remaining water, mineral water, fruit and ice. Served very cold.

This is from the Rumford Complete Cook Book -- 1931

Strawberry Punch
Ingredients:
3 cups boiling water
1 small package strawberry gelatin
1 package (10 ounces) frozen sugared strawberries
1 can frozen lemonade
1 liter ginger ale
1/4 cup sugar

Directions:
Mix gelatin and water, add thawed strawberries, lemonade and sugar. Before serving add the ginger ale.

Banana Fruit Punch
Ingredients:
5 Bananas
46 ounce can pineapple juice
12 ounce can frozen orange juice
4 tablespoons Real Lemon concentrate
4 cups sugar
6 cups water
2 liter bottle of lemon lime soda

Directions:
Process bananas in blender until pureed. Mix with other ingredients, except for soda. At this point you can freeze the punch in a container, and break up in a punch bowl one hour before serving, adding the lemon lime soda at this time.

Citrus Punch with Sherbet
Ingredients:
1 large can pineapple juice, chilled
1 large can grapefruit juice, chilled
2 liter bottle lemon lime soda
Lime or lemon sherbet
Orange sherbet

Directions:
Mix beverages together and place small scoops of sherbet on top. This makes one punch bowl.

Tropical Kiwi Punch
Ingredients:
12 ounce can Pina Colada Mix
2 kiwi, peeled and sliced
1 banana, sliced
Vanilla ice cream
2 12-ounce cans cold ginger ale

Directions:
In a blender, combine the Pina Colada Mix, kiwi and banana. Mix until smooth. Freeze the mixture for one hour. Pour 1/4 cup of this mixture into eight glasses, dividing evenly. Top each with a scoop of ice cream. Add the chilled ginger ale to each glass to fill. Top with a slice of kiwi if desired. Serve immediately.

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