Last November, my brother-in-law married a sweet and beautiful girl.
See? I told you she was pretty. The week before the wedding, our family flew to
frigid snowy Denver to help with the last minute preparations. There are always so many last minute things to do right before a wedding, and one of the things that was put on my list was making the punch. Originally I wanted to make a punch with orange juice, ginger ale, and guava juice, but I wasn’t able to find guava anywhere in Denver. At that point it was the day before the wedding (I still had a long list of things to do) and I had no idea what I was going to do. I always make punch with guava juice…its just the perfect sweetness and makes the drink feel tropical and fancy. I freaked out calmly went back to the store and looked through all my options. I decided to substitute the guava juice for pineapple juice…Score! It was amazing. The pineapple juice has a more subtle flavor than the guava but it complements the orange juice so well! This punch ended up being the perfect recipe because it comes together quickly, it looks elegant, and tastes amazing! It was a hit!
STEP ONE: MAKE THE RASPBERRY-MINT ICE
Start by filling an ice cube tray with mint leaves. Let the leaves stick out a little bit, because they look so pretty in the punch.
Then add your raspberries. This combination of mint and raspberries not only tastes and looks amazing, it also requires very little prep. There’s no chopping or slicing which can be very time consuming when you are in the middle of the last-minute-wedding-rush details.
Next add orange juice. By adding orange juice, instead of water, the punch won’t get watered down as the ice melts.
Freeze ice cubes overnight.
What I love about using ice cubes (instead of an ice ring) is that every glass gets a piece of the pretty raspberry-mint garnish, instead of just the punch. Ice cubes also work well if you want to use a pitcher instead of a punch bowl.
STEP TWO: MIX PUNCH INGREDIENTS
Simply mix one part orange juice, one part pineapple juice and one and a half parts ginger ale. So if you were making 7 cups of punch, you would mix 2 cups of orange juice, 2 cups of pineapple juice, and 3 cups of ginger ale. I tried making this with one part ginger ale to make measuring easier, but it made the punch a little too sweet and it didn’t have enough fizz. I also tried it with 2 parts, and it watered down the punch a little too much. To make it easy, I usually start with equal parts orange juice, pineapple juice, and ginger ale, and then add more ginger ale, little by little, until the juice is the desired sweetness and “fizziness”.
Make sure you are using the bottled pineapple juice and not the large cans. The canned pineapple juice is much too watery and will water down your punch instead of adding flavor.
Add raspberry-mint ice cubes and enjoy!
This punch is great for so many occasions. You could use it for baby showers, birthday parties, graduations…the possibilities are endless.