Welcome: Tiffany who blogs at the Would-Be Writers Guild here to share the BEST party punch recipe. She is a freelance writer, wife, mama, kitchen dancer, and carb enthusiast. She is also a regular contributor at Mrs. Fields Secrets blog and one of my favorite daily reads. She will make you laugh, cry and want to master the web cam self portrait.
First of all, Happy Biggie Birthday to one of my favorite blogs! Kami does a fabulous job of presenting ingenious ideas in a way that seems accessible to everyone. You know, like it’s no biggie. From watermelon stars to glitter toes to owls-are-the-new-rooster, there’s always something great to learn here. But, you already know that!
I’m thrilled to guest post today for Kami and share a favorite punch recipe I developed in my special Punch Laboratory (sometimes called my kitchen). The key to this punch is the pebble ice, so it will be worth your while to track some down. The other ingredients you can play around with and substitute if you can’t find exactly what it calls for.
OK, are you ready?
The Party Punch
1 can frozen piña colada concentrate, thawed (Bacardi makes a good one)
1 can frozen orange pineapple juice concentrate, thawed
4 liters of diet lemon-lime soda (That’s two 2-liters for the mathematically challenged.)
1 bag of pebble ice (You can buy it at Sonic Drive-In or at most grocery stores in the deli or meat departments.)
1 bag of frozen raspberries
Pour the thawed concentrates into your punchbowl and stir.
Use one of the empty cans and fill it with water four times and add it to the mixture. Stir.
Add your diet soda to the mixture. (You can use regular sugar-filled soda if you want, but I think it gets too sweet and you will also feel guilty when you fill your glass for the sixteenth time. Which you WILL.)
Next, add about half your bag of pebble ice.
(NOTE: Please do not insult The Punch by using crappy ice cubes from your freezer. The Punch will hate you forever.)
(ANOTHER NOTE: Please do not screw up the order and add the ice before the soda. You will get an ugly foam at the top of your punch bowl.)
(ONE MORE NOTE: I’m sorry if it seems like I’m micro-managing this recipe. It’s just that I have already suffered bad punch experiences so that you won’t have to. I micro-manage because I care.)
Let’s see….where were we? Oh, yes. We’re ready for the crowning ingredient…
Add your frozen raspberries to the top.
Congratulations! You have just created the Mona Lisa of Punch!
Your punch should be a lovely dark yellow at the bottom of your punch bowl, light lemony yellow in middle, almost white on the top, and then bright magenta on the very, very top! So pretty!
And then, when you start serving the punch with a ladle, it all mixes together and becomes this dreamy pink color. And then, when you lift the punch bowl to your lips when it is almost gone to swallow the last few drops of punch, it is an even darker pink because the raspberries have really mixed in.
And then, when you pass out on the floor because you tipped the punch bowl too far and lost your balance, falling backward to the floor with the punch bowl hitting you square in the jaw, you will see lots of lovely yellow stars and magenta raspberries floating above your head. Beautiful!
One more note—you can find the punch bowl featured here at your local Target or Wal-Mart. Usually on the bottom shelf in the housewares department. It comes with a lid and will cost you about $12.
Go now. Make Punch.
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