December 20, 2012

The Christmas Punch to the Christmas Story

Through the eyes of a four year old.....Darling Grandson decided to put on a Nativity Play today. He played different roles…at times a shepherd (notice his shepherd’s hook....a candy cane). Emmit, Tiger, and Louie were the three wisemen. Eyeore and Giraffe were Mary and Joseph. And the panda was the baby Jesus. And of course, Santa. Then he decided to be one of the wisemen bringing gifts to the Baby Jesus…a crane, a fire truck and some eye glasses, which he presented in a pumpkin! Oh, the sweetness of it all......

A Perfect Punch

If you grew up like I did, there was a bowl of punch at every social event of any importance...bridal and baby showers, weddings, holiday open houses and social receptions of all kinds. I have served this holiday punch for many, many Christmases in the same punch bowl. I do not add any alcohol to this so the younger ones may enjoy this refreshing and beautiful, festive beverage. It has just always been a favorite of the children, which is why it became one of our traditions. This is an old Southern Living recipe which will always be on the Christmas Eve menu at Estelle's!

Estelle's Christmas Punch
1 6- ounce can frozen orange juice concentrate
2 6- ounce cans frozen limeade concentrate
1 6- ounce can frozen lemonade concentrate
1 1 lb. 14- ounce can pineapple juice
1 pint cranberry juice cocktail
4 cups cold water
2 quarts ginger ale, chilled
1 pint club soda, chilled
Fruited Ice Ring, optional

Empty frozen concentrates, pineapple and cranberry juices and water into a large punch bowl. Let stand until frozen juice is thawed; still well. Add the ice cubes. Just before serving, gently pour in ginger ale and club soda. Garnish with a beautiful frozen ice ring, comprised of slices of lemons, limes, oranges, cranberries and mint!

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