Sparking Citrus Punch

mimosapunch

About a month ago, we took the plunge and got married. After 11 years together we figured the trial run had come to an end and it was time to make it official. My mom held a nice, small reception for us and featured her holiday champagne punch, which several of our guests requested the recipe for. This punch is really a virgin punch with a champagne option. We serve the punch in the punch bowl and a chilled bottle of champagne next to the punch bowl for anyone that wants to liven it up. Simply get half a glass of punch and top off with champagne, or drink the punch as it is. It’s a sparkling punch to begin with, thanks to the soda in the recipe. It’s very easy to make and a hit at every party, so I thought it would be a nice addition to the blog.

  • 1 12oz can of orange juice concentrate
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 46oz can pineapple juice
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 can crushed pineapple
  • 3 liters of lemon-lime soda

To make your concentrate, dissolve the sugar in the boiling water, then mix with all other ingredients except the soda.

Portion the concentrate into quart sized ziplock bags and freeze until needed (we will make a double recipe to keep extra concentrate in the freezer for any time we want to make some punch).

To serve, put the frozen concentrate in a punch bowl and pour the chilled soda over it. If you want a virgin punch, serve as it is, or, as I mentioned above, serve with a bottle of champagne to let your guests make their own alcoholic version, glass by glass.

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