Monday, May 18th, 2009
Do you ever crave punch? I know, this sounds kinda weird. I haven’t thought of punch in a long time. This past weekend, we went to my cousins engagement party in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The party was held at a beautiful home, part of it was outside, under a tent, under the oak trees. Even thought it was pouring rain, it was beautiful and there was quite a lovely ambiance. For some reason, it seemed like the perfect occasion to serve punch. Kinda like the 60’s, when people had punch at their graduation and engagement parties.
1/2 gallon sherbet, any flavor
2 quarts (8 cups) ginger ale
*Chill all ingredients well before mixing
*Scoop sherbet into a large punch bowl. Stir to soften.
*Slowly add ginger ale.
*Float an ice mold, if desired.
*Makes 32 servings.
*Add 3 to 4 cups of fruit juice, corresponding to the sherbet flavor, sweetening if necessary.
*Substitute 1 750 ml bottle of champagne and 3 cups of pineapple juice for the ginger ale. Pineapple sherbet works well here.
*Float small dollops of sherbet atop the punch in the punch bowl.
Next time I throw a party, or get together, I’m having punch. The kinda punch that makes you smile, makes you feel like a kid again. The kinda punch that you know you’re only having because it is a special occasion! And finally, I’d like to serve it out of pretty glasses and a big fancy punch bowl!