Today’s recipe might not exactly fall into the “make your own” category like many of the other recipes I’ve written about here, but it does have a couple important qualities that I look for in a recipe that make it worth sharing with others. It’s fast and simple with good taste too.
I recently had to make a large batch of punch for a baby shower. It was a morning brunch baby shower too so I didn’t want any of those recipes that have sherbet floating around in them that seem to be continually popular. What I really wanted was orange juice, but orange juice that was jazzed up a little bit. I know the usual way of jazzing up your morning orange juice is to make a mimosa, a drink combo of orange juice and champagne. But this wasn’t really a champagne kind of crowd I was serving – AND – I was hosting the baby shower event at a church and it just kind of felt inappropriate to be trundling into church at 8:30 in the morning with my bottles of champagne tucked under my arm.
Instead I used an easy mixture of orange juice, white grape juice, and 7-up and was VERY happy with the results. The white grape juice toned down the bite of the orange juice and the 7-up gave it a little boost of sparkle and fizz. It also fit nicely into my beverage dispenser (like this Glass Drink Dispenser ). I decided to use the LIGHT white grape juice simply because I liked the lighter color of it and thought it would look better in my punch. This recipe would probably work fine too with regular white grape juice. I also used the No Pulp orange juice which I think is the best choice in this recipe.
I’ve listed the current size of the ingredients I bought, but manufacturers are often changing the size of their products so feel free to improvise if needed.
Here’s how to do it:
Morning Brunch Punch
1 carton of No Pulp Orange Juice (I used a 59 oz size)
1 bottle of White Grape Juice (I used the “Light” variety, 64 oz)
1 liter of 7-up (buy a 2 liter and use half of it)
1 Orange for garnish
Empty your carton of orange juice and your bottle of white grape juice into a large drink dispenser or a punch bowl. Add in about half of your 2 liter bottle of 7-up.
Slice an orange and float the slices in your drink mixture for decoration.
Makes about 150 ounces of punch.
And when you’re cleaning up . . . don’t throw out those lovely orange slices that were floating in your punch. They will be some of the tastiest orange slices you’ve ever eaten. 🙂