Party Punch that Swirls and Sparkles

punch-deaconess-2Whether you plan to celebrate or protest, the U.S. Presidential inauguration week begins with gatherings of all kinds. This recipe comes from a 1989 Board of Deaconesses pamphlet in the archives at Historic Newton in Newton, Massachusetts. Deaconesses are laywomen who serve the ministry in a Protestant church, so it’s no surprise that these recipes contain nothing more potent than tea.  Most simply give variations on fruit and sugar. Still, a batch in a bowl can get your party started. I didn’t spike this citrusy fruit punch for an office party, but what about another time? Vodka? Gin? I’m open to suggestions!

Board of Deaconesses Fruit Punch (1989)
Serves 20

1 1/2 quarts pineapple juice
Juice of 4 lemons, 4 oranges, and 1 1/2 limes
1 cup sugar [I omitted this]
1 bunch fresh mint leaves
2 quarts ginger ale
1 quart plain soda water
1 cup quartered fresh strawberries

  1. In a container with a lid, mix the pineapple juice, citrus juices, sugar (if using) and mint. Cover and chill at least 2 hours.
  2. Just before serving, add the ginger ale, soda, and strawberries. Pour over ice in a punch bowl.

About heritagerecipebox

I am named after my great-grandmother, who only prepared two dishes, according to anyone who remembers. Somehow I ended up with a cooking gene that I brought with me from Richmond, Virginia to my current home in Boston, Massachusetts. I have worked as a journalist and published three cookbooks plus a memoir and a novel. This blog gives me a chance to share family recipes and other American recipes with a past.
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3 Responses to Party Punch that Swirls and Sparkles

  1. E says:

    All that fruit and a cup of sugar? Haha. Good choice omitting it. There’s something nostalgic about punch recipes.


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