Beverages

Holiday Punch I

Summary

Yield
1 Punch Bowl
SourceMrs. Snow (1970)
Prep time15 minutes
Cooking time
Total time15 minutes

Ingredients

1⁄5
Jamaica Rum
2⁄5
brandy
1 1⁄2 cn
frozen lemonade (large cans)
4 1⁄2 q
club soda
1⁄8 c
lemon juice
 
maraschino cherries (opt., for ice ring)

Instructions

Fills one large punch bowl. Ice ring with maraschino cherries frozen inside looks nice.  

Notes

Very smooth punch.

Ashleys

Summary

Yield
4 Servings
SourceAmy Erickson (1993)
Prep time5 minutes
Cooking time
Total time5 minutes

Ingredients

1 cn
frozen limeade concentrate (thawed, not diluted, 6-oz)
6 oz
white rum
12 oz
beer (1 bottle)
 
cherries (for garnish, optional)
 
lime slices (for garnish, optional)

Instructions

Pour first 3 ingredients into a pitcher and mix. Serve in small punch-size glasses over crushed ice. Garnish: Make as needed, as the beer will go flat if made ahead. Anyone who enjoys a whiskey sour-type drink will like Ashleys. Because of the limeade, they come out pale green in color.

Christmas Welcome Punch

Summary

Yield
1 Punch Bowl
SourceMrs. Maginnity (1971)
Prep time15 minutes
Cooking time
Total time15 minutes

Ingredients

1 1⁄2 c
pineapple juice
1 cn
limeade (6 oz.)
1 T
honey
3
7-Up bottles (7 oz.)
1 dr
green food coloring (opt.)
 
lime slices (opt., for garnish)

Instructions

First, combine pineapple juice and limeade. Add the honey and stir until well blended. Slowly add the 7-Up and a drop of green food coloring, if desired. Add ice to the mixture and serve. It will make it more festive if garnished with lime slices. 

Merry Brew

Summary

Yield
6 Servings
SourceToni Tessman (1979)
Prep time10 minutes
Cooking time25 minutes
Total time35 minutes

Ingredients

1⁄2 c
brown sugar (firmly packed)
1⁄4 t
salt
2
cinnamon sticks
1 T
whole cloves
1⁄2 t
whole allspice
1 c
water
2 q
apple juice
1
lemon (thinly sliced)
1
orange (thinly sliced)

Instructions

Combine sugar, salt, spices and water in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Combine apple juice and fruit slices in a large saucepan; heat gently. Strain hot spice liquid into apple juice and serve warm. Yield: 2 quarts.

Elixir of Life Tea

Summary

Yield
1 pot
SourceSue Lense, Main Library (2005)
Prep time5 minutes
Cooking time5 minutes
Total time10 minutes

Ingredients

 
young lemon balm leaves (handful)
 
fresh rosemary (3-5 leaves)
 
fresh lavender blossoms (2 sprigs)

Instructions

Put ingredients into a diffuser. Pour hot water over leaves and let steep. Color will be very pale, if there is any. Good hot or iced. 

Notes

This is a refreshing, relaxing decaffeinated brew going back to Roman times. 

Punch

Summary

Yield
16 Servings
SourceHelen Mercer (1976)
Prep time15 minutes
Cooking time
Total time15 minutes

Ingredients

16
punch cups
1 cn
frozen lemonade concentrate ( 6 oz.)
1 cn
frozen orange juice concentrate (6 oz.)
2
bottles ginger ale (or 1 soda and 1 ginger ale)

Instructions

Combine. To stretch, add 1 more bottle ginger ale. 

Banana Orange Slush

Summary

Yield
10 Servings
SourceBev Rhodes, Main Library (2005)
Prep time24 hours, 30 minutes
Cooking time5 minutes
Total time24 hours, 35 minutes

Ingredients

1 c
sugar
2 c
boiling water
1 cn
frozen orange juice (6 oz.)
3
bananas (peeled and sliced)
1 cn
crushed pineapple, undrained (15 oz.)
1
maraschino cherries jar, drained well (10 oz.)
2 1⁄2 T
lemon juice

Instructions

Combine ingredients and refrigerate 24 hours, stirring occasionally. Freeze overnight or until firm in a microwaveable 9 x 13 pan. Remove from freezer 30 minutes before serving — should be slushy. If it doesn’t defrost fast enough, microwave at defrost setting for 5 minutes.

Cranberry Sparkle

Summary

Yield
3 Quarts
SourceDiane Scherer (1990)
Prep time15 minutes
Cooking time
Total time15 minutes

Ingredients

4 c
cranberry juice cocktail (1 qt. bottle, chilled)
2 c
orange juice (chilled)
4
bottles ginger ale or 7-Up (7 oz. bottles, chilled)
 
orange slices
 
fresh cranberries

Instructions

Place ice cubes in punch bowl. Add fruit juices; stir. Pour carbonated beverage carefully down side of bowl. Float orange slices and whole fresh cranberries, just before serving. Makes 2 1/2 to 3 quarts. 

Autumn Tea

Summary

Yield
12 Servings
SourceRobyn Kress, Main Library (2006)
Prep time5 minutes
Cooking time5 minutes
Total time10 minutes

Ingredients

5
tea bags
5 c
boiling water
5 c
unsweetened apple juice
2 c
cranberry juice
1⁄2 c
sugar
1⁄3 c
lemon juice
1⁄4 t
pumpkin pie spice

Instructions

Place tea bags in a large heatproof bowl; add boiling water. Cover and steep for 8 minutes. Discard tea bags. Add the remaining ingredients to tea; stir until sugar is dissolved. Serve warm or over ice.

Banana Crush

Summary

Yield
30 glasses
SourceCalvert Poole (1979)
Prep time4 hours
Cooking time3 minutes
Total time4 hours, 3 minutes

Ingredients

5
bananas (crushed)
4 c
sugar
6 c
water
1 cn
pineapple juice, unsweetened (46 oz.)
 
Juice of 2 lemons
 
Juice of 5 oranges or 1 (6-oz.) can orange juice (I used canned orange juice)

Instructions

Make a syrup by boiling sugar and water 3 minutes. Cool. Mix the juices and crushed bananas. Stir syrup into fruits and freeze. To serve, fill glasses half full with frozen mixture. Beat with a spoon and fill glasses with 7-Up or ginger ale, stirring to mix. Makes 30 (12-ounce) glasses. 

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