When there’s an occasion at home and you want to make things a little bit more special, fruit punch is a great drink to serve. The kids can drink it, and for those adults who have to drive or wish to limit their alcohol intake fruit punch makes a far more pleasant non-alcoholic alternative than plain orange juice. Learn how to make fruit punch with the drink recipes below.
Trust Your Taste Buds
Fruit punch is based, not surprisingly, on fruit juices. How exotic and complex you want your punch to be is really up to you. Most fruit juices will combine well together and if you trust your taste buds it’ll be a rare occasion when you end up with something completely undrinkable.
Along with fruit juice and certain other sparkling ingredients, fragrant herbs like kaffir lime leaves, coriander and mint can be used to add greater dimension to your fruit beverages.
Fruit Punch Recipes
If you’re new to the world of fruit punch, though, and would like a little more certainty around the outcome of your first couple of attempts, the recipes below are an excellent place to start.
Simple Lemonade and Grape Juice Fruit Punch
This is a fizzy punch that will please those with a sweet tooth.
- 250 ml orange juice
- 250 ml grapefruit juice
- 2 cans of lemonade
- 2 bottles of sparkling white grape juice
- an orange
In a large bowl, combine the orange and grapefruit juice.
Slowly add the lemonade and then the sparkling grape juice, making sure to release as little of the carbonation as possible.
Add a tray of ice cubes.
To garnish, throw in a handful of halved grapes and float slices of orange on top.
Ginger Ale and Mint Fruit Punch
This punch has just a little more edge than the recipe above and is popular with abstinent adults.
- 1 ½ litres ginger ale
- 500 ml orange juice
- 300 ml lemon juice
- 250 ml pineapple juice
- 250 ml water
- 1 cup white sugar
In a large bowl, dissolve the sugar in the water.
Add the fruit juices.
Slowly pour in the ginger ale.
Add ice and garnish with a small handful of mint leaves.
Zingy Cranberry and Lime Fruit Punch
The combination of ginger ale, lime juice and cranberry juice makes this fruit punch both tangy and refreshing.
- 1 litre orange juice
- 500 ml pineapple juice
- 1 litre cranberry juice
- 250 ml fresh lime juice
- 1 litre ginger ale
- Kaffir lime leaves
Combine the orange, cranberry and pineapple juice.
Stir in the lime juice.
Pour the ginger ale in slowly.
Add ice and, if you’re feeling adventurous, a few bruised kaffir lime leaves.
For a refreshing celebratory drink that won’t run you afoul of the breathalyser or leave you with a headache the next day, you can’t beat fruit punch. Try the fruit punch recipes above or experiment and concoct your own. Cheers!
To learn how to make a super simple fruit punch check out this video.