Saturday, December 20, 2014

Sparkling Punch

As someone who doesn't drink alcohol, I am always on the hunt for non-alcoholic drinks for special occasions.  Growing up the standard 'party' drink around my house was lemon-lime flavored soda with lime sherbet floating around in the punch bowl.  While that recipe is tasty, it's nice to have other options available.  This is a light and refreshing drink; bubbly, not too sweet and a pretty color to boot.


1 (6 oz) can lemonade concentrate, defrosted (can use pink or yellow depending on what color punch you are aiming for)
1 liter club soda, chilled
2 (750 millimeter) bottles sparkling apple cider, chilled
1 Tbsp. white sugar, optional (I didn't add the extra sugar, taste your punch beforehand to decide if you would like it sweeter)

2 lemons, chilled
3 large oranges, chilled
2 trays ice (I made ice cubes with premade lemonade so it wouldn't dilute the punch.  I read online that other people made ice cubes with maraschino cherries for added color.  Other people sliced their citrus fruits and froze them instead of adding ice cubes.)

1.  Thinly slice the lemons and oranges and place in a large punch bowl.  Pour in the thawed lemonade.  Gently stir in the club soda and sparkling apple cider.  Add sugar to taste.  Stir in ice.

Yield: 20 servings

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