An ice ring with fresh strawberries adds an elegant look to the bowl of this popular punch from Gretchen Montgomery of Marietta, Ohio. She writes, "I got the recipe from a friend 30 years ago and have served it at numerous bridal and baby showers, family reunions, rehearsal dinners and wedding receptions. It's not too tart, not too sweet." As an eye-catching option, use a heart-shaped mold to make the ice ring.
"Everybody loves glasses of this sweet fruit punch," promises Betty Eberly of Palmyra, Pennsylvania. "When entertaining, I start with a quart of sherbet, then add more later so it all doesn't melt right away," she suggests.
When I married David in a rural spot, my parents surprised me with a beautiful white carriage to take us to the ceremony. What didn't surprise me was how delicious all the food was since my mother prepared everything, including this pretty pastel punch.
This pretty, sparkling punch brings in other members of the "citrus family" to blend with orange juice. From guest-of-honor Grandma down to the youngest family members, we all enjoyed this festive beverage at our party.
North Grafton, Massachusetts
This thirst-quenching beverage really rounded out our Valentine's Day dinner. But I've found it makes a colorful addition to any special occasion no matter what time of year.—Kay Curtis, Guthrie, Oklahoma
You don't have to reserve store-bought strawberry syrup just for making malts and shakes. Stirred into orange juice, it gives festive flair to this tropical-tasting beverage that's a breeze to mix with crushed ice.
Lemon-lime soda gives this rich beverage a delicate flavor. Even people who don't care for eggnog won't be able to resist a creamy glassful. It's a hit at our Christmas parties. —Lorrie Sexauer, DeSoto, Texas
Red-hot candies add rich color and spiciness to this festive punch, and the cranberry juice gives it a little tang. Our children always request it for our December 25th brunch.
-Julie Sterchi, Jackson, Missouri