Five festive party punches

Dec 27, 2007 at 3:00 p.m. ET

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

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

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
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

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

Banana Fruit Punch
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

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
1 large can pineapple juice, chilled
1 large can grapefruit juice, chilled
2 liter bottle lemon lime soda
Lime or lemon sherbet
Orange sherbet

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

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

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.