I know I promised a stiff one, but since this weekend is officially the LAST weekend of summer (sob!) I just had to post this deelish punch courtesy of my friend Sara.
So dust off the patio furniture and don your sweaters because it won’t be long before we’re sipping hot cocoa with marshmallows (and rum!) as we hibernate indoors.
For Sara’s Punch you’ll need:
- 5c strawberries
- 2c fresh pineapple
- Simple Syrup (make simple syrup with 4c water and 3c white sugar, bring to boil then simmer for 8 minutes and let cool).
- 2c Pineapple Juice (more or less)
- 2c Orange Juice (more or less)
- 1c Lemon Juice (more or less)
- Fresh mint leaves for garnish
Pour half the simple syrup over the fruit (then add more depending on the tartness of the fruit and juices). Add 1.5 cups each of the fruit juices then taste, it will be sweet and concentrated but if it’s out of balance (too much pineapple taste or too much orange juice) adjust with the other. The concentrate should taste good, but strong. Add mint leaves. Keep this mix in a tall glass jug with a stirrer and give it a good stir each time you use it. Fill glasses halfway with fruit mixture then fill with champagne. Done!
Sara says if you hate having fun, you can use soda water instead of champers.
Delish (and good for parties!)
Enjoy the last weekend of summer.