Party Punch Recipes - from the South

Check out my southern-style party punch recipes!
Check out my southern-style party punch recipes! | Source

Alcoholic Punch Recipes

Party punch recipes can be big hits at gatherings, and for the adults, you might want to consider alcoholic punch recipes. Punch recipes are pretty “wide open” as far as ingredients are concerned. Common ingredients include fruit juices, ginger ale, Sprite, club soda, sliced fruits, and whole small fruits like cherries and raspberries. In the South, cold brewed tea is another popular ingredient in party punch recipes. For alcoholic punch recipes, you might want to add rum, bourbon, vodka, gin, white wine, or champagne. Be careful not to make your alcoholic punch recipes too strong – you don’t want a bunch of inebriated party goers on your hands, and there could even be legal implications in the case of an accident. Continue reading for some southern party punch recipes!

one of my easy punch recipes
one of my easy punch recipes | Source

Easy Punch Recipes

Easy punch recipes are…well, easy! Beverages don’t have to be complicated to be thoroughly enjoyed by your guests. Some of the easiest punch recipes of all are made from a fruit punch recipe. You can concoct your own mixture or use commercial fruit punch as your base. I’ve found that the red Hawaiian punch makes a great base, especially for rum punch recipes. You might also want to include some ginger ale, Sprite, or club soda.

Once you find some easy punch recipes that sound tempting, I suggest making a small sample before serving it to guests. If it’s not to your liking, you can tweak it or find other easy punch recipes that might be a better fit for your event.

When you’ve made your final decision on a punch recipe, make it ahead of time, if possible. Of course, if the party punch includes a carbonated beverage, you won’t want to add that until just before serving the punch, or it will lose its “fizz.” Pour the other combined ingredients in clean gallon milk jugs and keep them in the fridge so that they’ll be nice and cold at party time.

For my fruit punch recipe, I like to use fresh ingredients, when possible.
For my fruit punch recipe, I like to use fresh ingredients, when possible. | Source

Fruit Punch Recipe

Party punch recipes made with fruit juices are some of the best! Who doesn’t like juice? When I have time, I prefer making my own fruit juices from fresh fruits. Most fruit juices blend together nicely, so you can use almost any fruity liquids in a fruit punch recipe. Just make sure your fruit punch is sweet enough and strong enough to stand up to melting ice, which can substantially reduce the flavor. The solution is to use concentrated fruit juices in your fruit punch recipe. You can do this by adding frozen concentrates, powdered drink mixes, or fruit syrups. You might also want to include some pureed fruit pulp, which adds flavor and texture.

one of my favorite rum punch recipes
one of my favorite rum punch recipes | Source

Rum Punch Recipes

Rum punch recipes are some of my favorites for serving at parties. Rum blends perfectly with fruit flavors, in my humble opinion. The type of rum you use is completely up to you, but keep in mind that strongly-flavored liquors might overpower the other flavors in your punch, and they can also have an impact on the color of the punch. If presentation is important to you, you might want to use light rum instead of dark rum or golden rum.

You might also want to think about using spiced or flavored rums in your rum punch recipes. Spiced rums usually include vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, anise, and/or allspice. Another option is to use flavored rums, which include infusions of fruit flavors, including lime, orange, pineapple, guava, melon, raspberry, apple, coconut, banana, or mango.

Summer punch recipes should be light and refreshing.
Summer punch recipes should be light and refreshing. | Source

Summer Punch Recipes

Summer punch recipes should be light and refreshing. Of course, they should be served cold, too. If you’re having an outdoor event, the “chill factor” is especially important. I like to use larger chunks of ice in the hot months – usually in the form of an ice ring. Since larger pieces of ice have less surface area than crushed ice has, the ice ring won’t melt as quickly. If your outdoor event is super casual, you might even consider serving your summer punch recipes in coolers. Believe me – your guests won’t mind! They’ll welcome a frosty drink to quench their thirst and cool them off – even if it doesn’t come from a fancy punch bowl.

This watermelon punch is super refreshing!
This watermelon punch is super refreshing! | Source

Watermelon Punch

This watermelon punch recipe is awesome! It practically screams “Summer!” This is especially true if you use the hollowed-out shell as a punch bowl. This makes an attractive centerpiece for your party table and is especially appropriate for July 4th parties and other summer soirees. Just be sure to remove all the mature black seeds from the pulp! Even seedless watermelons have a few seeds sometimes. Don’t worry about the tiny white seeds – they’ll be pulverized in the blender.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 45 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: 25 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 large round seedless watermelon
  • 1/2 gallon pink lemonade
  • 1 pint vodka
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1 liter cold ginger ale
  • crushed ice

Instructions

  1. Rinse and dry melon. Remove a thin slice at the bottom of the melon to allow it to stand securely. Make designs on rind with a pointed can opener punch, if you wish.
  2. Remove top ¼ of watermelon and scoop out pulp. Remove black seeds. Strain juice from melon and pour into blender or food processor.
  3. Measure 4 cups fruit and place in blender or food processor. Puree until pulp is liquefied.
  4. Pour contents of appliance into a large bowl. Stir in pink lemonade, vodka, sugar, and lime juice.
  5. Use a funnel to pour punch mixture into clean bottles or jugs. Refrigerate until cold.
  6. Use a knife to decrease the thickness of the watermelon shell at the opening. Slice away the pink and part of the white. This will make watermelon carving easier.
  7. Use a sharp knife to embellish the edge of the shell. Cover shell and refrigerate.
  8. When ready to serve, add two or three cups crushed ice to shell. Pour chilled punch mixture over ice. Add ginger ale and stir.
  9. Store remaining punch in the fridge, all ready to add to your diminishing punch bowl!
Embellish clean watermelon shell with a punch-type can opener.
Embellish clean watermelon shell with a punch-type can opener. | Source
Remove a thin slice from the bottom to make the shell stand on its end.
Remove a thin slice from the bottom to make the shell stand on its end. | Source
Remove top 1/4 of melon.
Remove top 1/4 of melon. | Source
Scoop out flesh and remove any black seeds.
Scoop out flesh and remove any black seeds. | Source
Strain watermelon juice into blender or food processor.
Strain watermelon juice into blender or food processor. | Source
Add pulp.
Add pulp. | Source
Liquefy ingredients.
Liquefy ingredients. | Source
Pour liquid into large bowl.
Pour liquid into large bowl. | Source
Add pink lemonade, vodka, sugar, and lime juice. Stir well.
Add pink lemonade, vodka, sugar, and lime juice. Stir well.
Pour punch mixture into bottles or jars, using a funnel. Refrigerate punch.
Pour punch mixture into bottles or jars, using a funnel. Refrigerate punch. | Source
Decrease thickness of rind around top edge of shell to make watermelon carving easier.
Decrease thickness of rind around top edge of shell to make watermelon carving easier. | Source
Use a sharp knife to create a design. Cover and refrigerate shell.
Use a sharp knife to create a design. Cover and refrigerate shell. | Source
When ready to serve, add crushed ice to melon punch bowl.
When ready to serve, add crushed ice to melon punch bowl. | Source
Add chilled punch mixture and ginger ale. Stir.
Add chilled punch mixture and ginger ale. Stir. | Source

Georgia Peach Punch

I love fresh peaches, especially those grown in my home state of Georgia. If you’ve ever had a “fuzzy navel” cocktail, you’ll find that this party punch is very similar in flavor. I made a batch of this punch today for the grandkids - sans alcohol - and they loved it. I could drink myself silly on this stuff – literally!

This is a delicious party punch recipe!
This is a delicious party punch recipe! | Source

Ingredients:

6 fresh peaches (cling-free varieties work better)

2 quarts orange juice

2 pints peach schnapps

1 pint vodka

Crushed ice

1 liter ginger ale

Directions: Peel and slice peaches. Puree pulp with 2 cups orange juice. Add remaining orange juice, peach schnapps, and vodka. Stir with crushed ice. Add ginger ale just before serving.

iced tea punch
iced tea punch | Source

Iced Tea Punch

Iced tea punch is pretty popular here in the Deep South, which isn’t surprising. You know how we southerners love our iced tea! In case you’ve never sampled tea punch, you might be surprised at how well the tea combines with fruit flavors, especially orange juice, pineapple juice, and lime juice. Of course, iced tea punch just about has to include some lemon juice!

Ingredients:

1 gallon unsweetened brewed tea

1 quart orange juice

2 pints spiced rum

1 pint pineapple juice

1 ½ cups sugar

3 six-ounce cans frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed

1 cup fresh mint leaves, bruised

Crushed ice

Sliced lemons, limes, and oranges

Directions: Combine tea, orange juice, spiced rum, pineapple juice, sugar, lemonade concentrate, and mint leaves. Using a funnel, pour punch into clean jugs and refrigerate. When ready to serve, pour punch through a strainer into a large punch bowl. Add crushed ice and fruit slices.

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Well, as a recovering alcoholic I can say these certainly sound good. :) Great hub; I'll pass these on to friends who can drink.


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Nettlemere 4 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

The presentation is so pretty, especially the one in the melon


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LetitiaFT 4 years ago from Paris via California

Oh Habee, you sure got me with the watermelon! Will definitely try this summer...


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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

You must be the best hostess around! You have such great recipes and ideas for entertaining!


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shin_rocka04 4 years ago from Maryland

Very nice hub. I just made a Rum Punch concoction today as a matter of fact.


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Lightshare 4 years ago

Super! I feel thirsty on seeing these images. Sure I'll try this. Thank you.

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