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Celebration Punch

 Celebration Punch
This pretty fruit punch has just the right amount of sweetness. The ice ring keeps it cool for hours without diluting the flavor. —Marci Carl, Northern Cambria, Pennsylvania
16 ServingsPrep: 15 min. + freezing

Ingredients

  • ICE RING:
  • 1-3/4 cups orange juice
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup halved fresh strawberries
  • Fresh mint sprigs
  • PUNCH:
  • 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen sweetened sliced strawberries, thawed
  • 4 cans (5-1/2 ounces each) apricot nectar
  • 3/4 cup orange juice concentrate
  • 3 cups cold water
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 liter ginger ale, chilled

Directions

  • For ice ring, in a bowl, combine orange juice and water. Pour 2 cups
  • into a 4-1/2-cup ring mold. Freeze until solid. Top with fresh
  • strawberries and mint. Slowly pour remaining juice mixture into mold
  • to almost cover strawberries and mint. Freeze until solid.
  • For punch, place thawed strawberries in a blender; cover and puree
  • until smooth. Pour into a large serving or punch bowl. Add the
  • apricot nectar, orange juice concentrate, water, lemon juice and
  • sugar; stir until sugar is dissolved. Just before serving, stir in
  • ginger ale and add ice ring. Yield: about 1 gallon.