Thursday, May 24, 2012

Sharon asked: Can you share that punch recipe?

Well, there's a few I've made over the years Sharon, but two that I always return to are the brandy slush we started making in the 70's and this one I found about 5 years ago.  

This link will take you to a recipe for a raspberry lemonade punch that has been all over the world wide web the past few years.  It has found new life with Pinterest.  Even 
if it doesn't sound interesting to you, take a minute to read the blog post creatively titled: Why I Keep Getting Invited to the Parties!

I also have a new love of wine slushies that I get at Filipo Marc Winery if you're looking for something quick and easy -- just open the bag, mix with a bottle of your favorite wine, freeze and enjoy.

Now that I'm "talking" about it, I feel the need to make a batch of the brandy one for old times sake.  It is a slush with a hint of citrus that does a good job of cooling me off on a hot summer day.  You don't have to like tea to find this beverage refreshingly pleasing. You might want to serve it with a spoon!

Brandy Slush

4 individual tea bags

9 cups water, divided
2 cups brandy
1 can (12 oz) frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
1 can (12 oz) frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed2 liter bottle of 7 Up or any lemon-lime sodaLemon slices for garnish

Place tea bags in a small bowl. Bring 2 cups water to a boil; pour over tea bags. Cover and steep for 5 minutes. Discard tea bags. Pour tea into a 4 qt freezer container and stir in the brandy, both juice concentrates and remaining water. Freeze overnight or until set.

For each serving, scoop 3/4 cup slush into a rocks glass. Pour lemon-lime soda into the glass; garnish as desired.
 Yield: 21 servings (about 4 quarts slush mix)