Perfect for any special occasion, this sparkling cranberry punch is incredibly easy to make and tastes like a cranberry lemonade. It's an ideal flavor for quenching the thirsts of guests at weddings, graduation parties, and other celebrations where a non-alcoholic drink is required.
The recipe is very simple: a mix of pink lemonade and cranberry juice that can be enhanced in a variety of ways. Though it can serve up to 25 four-ounce servings, you can easily adapt it for the largest or smallest crowds. You can even store the mixed juice base in the refrigerator and add sparkling water to it whenever you like. This makes it a fabulous everyday punch for the family as well.
Not only is the punch tasty and simple, it's also inexpensive. The kids will love the fruity taste and the sparkling water gives it a certain elegance that will impress your adult guests. They won't even know how easy it was or how much money you saved.
- 2 quarts cranberry juice (chilled)
- 1 (6-ounce) can frozen pink lemonade concentrate (thawed)
- 1 quart/1 liter sparkling water (chilled)
- Garnish: citrus or seasonal fruits
- In a large punch bowl, combine the cranberry juice and lemonade concentrate.
- Stir in sparkling water.
- Serve immediately and garnish with citrus or seasonal fruits if you like.
If you want to get a head start, you can mix the juice and lemonade in advance and store it in the refrigerator. To ensure your soda doesn't lose its carbonation, pour it right before serving. Also, ice is not required if you use chilled ingredients.
Choose Your Juices
The reason this punch is so easy is that it was designed to work with frozen juice concentrates. One trip to the grocery store's freezer aisle can provide the cranberry juice and pink lemonade you need.
When it comes to the cranberry juice, you have a few options. One is a frozen cranberry juice cocktail, which typically includes a few other fruits with cranberry dominating the mix. If you go this route, mix the frozen juice according to the directions and be sure to double check that it will yield at least two quarts once diluted with water.
Your other option is to go with a bottled cranberry juice that is ready to go. One 60-ounce bottle (the average size) is almost two quarts (1.875 quarts to be exact), so you'll want to add about 4 ounces or 1/2 cup from a second bottle.
Also, don't be afraid to use the cranberry juice blends that are so common in the juice aisle. From cranberry-raspberry to cranberry-cherry, almost any fruity blend will work out great in this punch.
Select Your Sparkling Water
You have a number of options when it comes to sparkling water as well. Choose a standard sparkling water or club soda for a nice, neutral flavor. If you'd like to add a little sweetness, turn to a lightly flavored soda like ginger ale or any of the citrus soda options at the store.
With the increased availability of flavored sparkling waters today, you also have some great opportunities to give the punch an extra layer of flavor. Brands like LaCroix offer some fun sparkling waters with a variety of fruit flavors, from melons to berries and some interesting blends.
Go as exotic as you like because this punch is the perfect base for experimentation.