Christmas Punch

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I found this yummy recipe online and adapted it to fit our taste and color preference.  It is pretty, simple, and refreshing, and everyone requests the recipe.  Variations on the theme allow you to change the color and flavor, too!

Ingredients for Red Holiday Punch:

2 (46 fluid ounce) bottles cranberry-raspberry juice

1 (32 fluid ounce) bottle strawberry daiquiri mix

1 to 2 liters ginger ale (according to taste)

1 to 2 liters raspberry soda (according to taste)

Directions:

In a large container, combine cran-raspberry juice with the strawberry daiquiri mix.  Freeze overnight.  The next day, put the iced mixture into a punch bowl (see *tips below regarding thawing time) and pour ginger ale and raspberry soda on top (2/3 ginger ale to 1/3 raspberry soda ratio).

*Tip: This will make enough frozen solution to fill 2 to 3 large punch bowls.  If you freeze this in a bundt cake pan it will make a nice ice ring, but may take up to 2 ½ hours to thaw.  Freeze in quart size Ziploc bags if you need a faster thaw time, as the smaller size will thaw in 30 to 45 minutes into a slushy punch.  I do a combination of both, and start thawing the large ice ring early, adding quart size bags of ice as the party progresses to keep the punch slushy.

*Substitutions: substitute Cherry 7 up or Raspberry Ginger Ale for a slightly different flavor, or substitute Diet Sprite instead of Ginger ale for a punch that is not quite as sweet.

VARIATION: Yummy Pink Party Punch

Substitute 1 (32 fluid ounce) bottle pina colada mix for the strawberry daiquiri mix to make a lighter-colored, pink punch suitable for a baby shower or girl’s birthday party.

VARIATION: Tropical Orange Punch

2 (46 fluid ounce) bottles pineapple-orange juice

1 (32 fluid ounce) bottle pina colada mix

2 to 4 liters ginger ale, according to taste

About Molly Evert

Writer Molly Evert is a wife and homeschooling mom to 6 kids, who range in age from 2 to 18. She runs an educational website, My Audio School (http://www.myaudioschool.com), providing access to the best in children's audio literature. She also blogs at CounterCultural Mom (http://www.counterculturalmom.com) and CounterCultural School (http://www.counterculturalschool.com).

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