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With New Years Eve upon us, I thought this would be a great time to bring you an old fashioned, super simple punch recipe that is suitable for everyone. If you are hosting a party, having this punch on hand in addition to your other preparations would be a very gracious and welcoming gesture because….
Time to state the obvious but not obvious here : not everyone drinks alcohol. I used to think that most folks knew this was a given but more and more I find myself at places where people just assume everyone does. This is especially true, in my personal experience nowadays, with wine. I realize wine is a big thing right now. I realize it has been a “big thing” for centuries, but that doesn’t mean everyone enjoys it. Chitlin’s have been a “big thing” for centuries, too, but I’m not gonna put a plate of them up in your face when you come to my house and expect you to eat them.
There are a whole slew of reasons why someone might choose not to drink alcohol, and those of us who don’t are surely happy with a glass of water, but it is always a gracious gesture to have an alternative to alcohol at a gathering – and this recipe for that gesture is DELICIOUS!
This is a I’ve been making since I was a teenager that is easily customizable. Today I’m going to show you how to make it using Splenda and Sprite Zero. This significantly cuts out the sugar and leaves the only remaining sugars to be the natural sugars in the pineapple juice. You can also use full sugar Sprite (or 7-Up, or the like) and real sugar if you like, or an artificial sweetener of your choice (I love Ideal brand sweetener when I can find it).
Now let’s talk about New Year’s Eve. I can tell you right now that I’ve got BIG plans with a capital B!
You see, my mother always said that whatever you were doing at midnight is what you’d be doing all year long. So every year, like clockwork when that ball dropped in Time’s Square, I knew exactly where my hard working mother could be found: Snoozing away, dead asleep in her bed.
My Mama has always been a smart lady. I’ve been out at midnight a handful of times in my life and have yet to find an experience that brought me more joy than avoiding the traffic and rawkus crowds and just snoozing away in the peace and warmth of my bed.
So guess where I’ll be when 2011 rolls into 2012? Yup. Dozing away.
OH! I forgot to tell you, the beauty of this punch is that you can change the flavor or color of it simply by changing one ingredient, and all that is required to make it is just pouring the ingredients into your punchbowl and stirring together. I served it on Christmas day to my entire extended family and everyone enjoyed it – not a drop was left!
Speaking of punch bowls, if you don’t have one now is the time to grab one in the stores! They are sometimes difficult to find throughout the year but pretty much every department and discount store stocks them around the holidays. You can generally get a pretty glass one with a ladle and eight glasses for under twenty dollars. Of course, if you’d like a more high end punchbowl, they’re certainly available. I’ve always wanted a pretty stainless steel one that looks like silver (without the maintenance) but I’m not ready to invest that much money in a single serving piece at this point in my life. A glass one suits me just fine
So you could head out today, buy the ingredients for this punch and a brand new punch bowl set for about $25.00.
You’ll need: Sprite Zero, Pineapple Juice, Splenda or sugar, and 2 packages of Kool Aid (or generic Kool Aid, like I’m using)
Nothing but the cheapest for my family! ~Grins~
You can also use 7-up or Ginger Ale if you like. I can’t drink ginger ale because it doesn’t like me
Pour your pineapple juice in a bowl. Add Kool Aid.
Add sugar (or Splenda)
Pour in Sprite. Gently stir again.
At this point, you can add an ice ring if you like. Instead of an ice ring, I just refrigerated all of my ingredients so the punch was good and cold. To make an ice ring, I’d make some kool aid ahead of time in whatever flavor you are using for the punch and put it in a jello mold or bundt pan. Freeze until firm and then dip just the bottom into warm water for five seconds before releasing it into your punch bowl.
Can serve over ice, with an ice ring in it, or just serve cold!
- 46 ounce can Pineapple Juice
- 2 Liter Sprite Zero*
- 2 Cups Splenda or Sugar
- 2 packages flavored drink mix (such as Kool Aid)
- In punchbowl, pour pineapple juice. Add drink mix and sugar/Splenda. Stir until dissolved. Pour in Sprite and serve.
“What we do today, right now, will have an accumulated effect on all our tomorrows.”
– Alexandra Stoddard
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