This has been my signature punch for years, and the much-requested favorite at our annual Christmas party. It’s sparkly, fruity, frothy (if you add the sherbet) and so simple! —JAN WITTEVEEN, NORBORNE, MISSOURI
As social chair one year during college, I tried to come up with a more interesting beverage than the usual cranberry juice and lemon-lime soda. This pastel punch was always a hit at receptions and parties.
-Jennifer Bangerter, Nixa, Missouri
Here's a great punch recipe I got from a beekeeper's association. The mix of banana, pineapple and citrus gives it a light sunny flavor. With its pretty honey color, it makes an elegant beverage for weddings and other special events.
"When we celebrated my mother's 75th birthday, we wanted a punch everyone could enjoy," recalls Barbara Koehnke of Fremont, Wisconsin. "This delightful combination of lemonades, juice and soda was perfect and so easy to make. All of our guests loved it."
This beverage gets plenty of flavor from powdered drink mix, juice and crushed pineapple. "During the summer, I keep a jug of it in the fridge," relates Bernice Morris of Marshfield, Missouri. "It tastes so good on hot days."
"I've served this drink for over 20 years and always get compliments," notes Joy Butler from Pincher Creek, Alberta. "For parties, I often dip small clusters of grapes in sugar and perch them on the edge of each glass for garnish."
From Sherry Couture of Lowell, Michigan comes a dreamy creamy punch that's packed with flavor. She combined frozen strawberries with strawberry soda, ginger ale and ice cream-and the results are just delightful.
With its crimson ice ring and dollops of sherbet, this punch is pretty enough for parties. "To make the ice ring, I freeze cranberry juice in a mold," says Sandi Pichon of Slidell, Louisiana. "It's perfect for a bridal shower or tea party."