Monday, July 11, 2011

Sparkling Strawberry Punch

In case many of you don't know it, I have recipes that totally bomb sometimes.  You don't see those recipes on here because, well, they are bombs and I only want to share the dishes that  me and my family really love and enjoy.   But trust me, they do happen and they happen more often than you know.  Afterall, I'm just an average homecook, not Giada De Laurentiis (not even close).  This next recipe started off as a bomb. And not like "Da Bomb" but a BOMB (Kaboom!).  The original recipe for this punch called for some grapefruit juice to be added.  And well, it was the grapefruit juice that would eventually doom this recipe to failure.  Now, I not only bombed in front of my family, I bombed in front of a house full of guests.  Yep, that's me! I just had to try a new recipe at a BBQ.  There were exactly 3 people who sorta enjoyed the original punch recipe. Two of them were the hosts of the party. In fact, they wouldn't let me leave with the leftover punch, they insisted on keeping it. And the other person was my Dad (who may have been humoring me). Anyways, they are obviously in the grapefruit-juice lover category.  They thought it made it taste like a margarita. In fact, my Dad was wishing he had brought some Captain Morgan along.  The rest of us thought it was much too tart. I started adding more water and sugar to it but it just didn't really do much to it in my way of thinking.

 I really wanted a good punch to be able to take to potlucks or baby showers and I wanted one that didn't involve sherbet.  Also, Gene and I both decided we wanted a more pronounced strawberry flavor.  So it was back to the drawing board and this recipe was totally overhauled.  Round Two - this punch was a knockout. This is sure to be a hit with adults and kids! See my notes below for other suggestions.
Ingredients:
1 can (12 oz) frozen Strawberry Daiquiri concentrate, thawed
1 pack of Strawberry Kool-Aid
1, 2-Liter Ginger Ale (or 7-up)
1, 1-Liter strawberry sparkling water
1 bag of Frozen Sliced Strawberries (optional)

(You can usually find bottles of flavored sparkling water where the other bottles of water are kept in your grocery store)

Directions:
Before party, in a small pitcher or bowl, mix together strawberry daiquiri concentrate and Kool-Aid until thoroughly combined. Pop mixture into fridge until ready for party. Also, put Ginger Ale and Strawberry Sparkling Water in fridge to keep cool.

When ready to prepare punch, pour concentrate mixture into punch bowl or server, pour in Ginger Ale and Sparkling Water slowly so the bubbles don’t fizz out of control. Stir slowly to combine. Add frozen strawberries on top to keep mixture cool and to make it look pretty.
Serve punch in glasses with ice or drop a few of the frozen berries in there to keep it cool.

Makes 1 gallon.
Cook’s Notes: If you can’t find the strawberry sparkling water, just substitute with more Ginger Ale. Strawberry daiquiri concentrate is non-alcoholic. You can certainly add a bit of Rum to this if you want to make it more grown-up. Also, If you are serving a large party or group, I definitely suggest doubling this recipe. If you want to make this a strawberry lemon punch, just substitute a packet of lemonade Kool-Aid for the strawberry. Be sure to taste test after stirring, you may need to add a bit of sugar to the mix (about 1/4 to 1/2 cup).

Enjoy!

29 comments:

Mama J said...

I should really be starting my day of with a glass of o.j... But, this looks really good!

Leslie said...

First of all, I (bomb!!) many of my first trys on recipes that I attempt to make up myself...haha, you have so many delish ones on here so continue to work them out 'till they're right! :)

This one looks so refreshing and yummy! I haven't come across many strawberry drink recipes, so I'm glad that you posted this one. How lovely would this be for a summertime shower? Thanks for sharing with us and keep up the scrumptious recipes!!

~Leslie

Patti said...

Hey Brandie! Everyone bombs - you are not alone! This punch is sounds great - like you said, you get tired of the ones with sherbert. Keep up the great work!

Siggy Spice said...

Just had a BOMB...waffle bomb...this week, lol! This punch looks really good and refreshing..perfect for these hot summer days!

Lark (SparkyLarky) said...

I think I would be drinking the "kids" drink! Sounds wonderful!

carolinaheartstrings said...

That looks so wonderful for summer. I cannot wait for my next event to give this a try. You make the best things.

Ang said...

Love every bit of this! I just bought a flat of berries at our local farmers market so I think I will use those to keep it nice and cold..... Yum!!

Christine's Pantry said...

I think we all make mistakes in the kitchen... we're human. Some recipes have come from a mistake a cook or chef made.

Wilde in the Kitchen said...

This sounds really really tasty! I love the combination of ginger ale and strawberry, yum!

scratch-made wife said...

I take berry-flavored sparkling water in my lunch almost every day. I just love the stuff. I'm sure I'd love it in this punch. Although, I'd prob throw some rum in there, too. ;) I'm sorry to hear the first attempt bombed. I really, really hate when that happens! We've all been there. I think you definitely redeemed yourself with this punch, though. No worries, girl!

Maureen said...

This looks delicious!!

Holly said...

Bran this sounds super delish and so refreshing! Bookmarking right now : )

Jill Colonna said...

It's what makes you a great cook. If we didn't bomb on certain things, we'd never learn! I love the look of this strawberry punch (love also your presentation, Brandie) and mixed with ginger ale would certainly go down a treat anywhere. Fabulous!

The Farmers Wife said...

Awww!! We all have those recipes that just don't pan out the first time, and like you those never make it to my blog. Like the overly salty chicken noodle soup that about killed my hubby last year... HAHA! But this recipe sounds fantastic! I never thought about adding flavored sparkling water to punch recipes, but that is a fantastic idea! Love it!

sliceofsouthern said...

This looks so refreshing. The 2nd time's the charm...!

Kelly said...

Mmm I just LOVE sparkling punch and this recipe looks so refreshingly good! Great pictures as well, perfect for summer :)

Erin said...

This looks so pretty, and sounds amazing! I want to come to one of your parties!

Sandra said...

In my opinion this sounds perfect, and very pretty!

Maranda said...

Ewww. I don't think I would have liked the stuff with the grapefruit juice. I'm glad you were able to fix this recipe. It sounds awesome!

btanders said...

Yummy! I LOVE strawberries! Definitely going to try this. Thanks for sharing!!

Six Sisters said...

Oh my goodness! All of your recipes are amazing! We would love for you to come share this at our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday" link party! http://sixsistersstuff.blogspot.com/2011/07/strut-your-stuff-saturday-week-2.html

Love,
The Sisters @ sixsistersstuff.blogspot.com

Betty @ scrambled henfruit said...

I often go "back to the drawing board" to change up a recipe that didn't go quite the way I wanted it to the first time! Your punch sounds delicious and refreshing! :)

Shari said...

I made this for my sister's baby shower this weekend and received rave reviews! Everyone agreed that the sugar wasn't necessary. Now we can't wait to make a mommy version as well! ;-)

Thanks for such a great recipe!

The Country Cook said...

Shari - thank you for coming back & letting me know how it turned out for you. I'm so happy to hear everyone enjoyed it! Thank you!

Rukie said...

Made your Punch for my Professor's 50th birthday. My fellow labmates and my professor absolutely loved it. Mixed the drink in lab... so easy. took me a total of 2 mins! Thank you!

Jenni said...

I'm going to be making this for a bridal shower, then turning it into the "adult" version later on for the bachelorette party... How much rum would you add to one batch of punch?

The Country Cook said...

Hey Jenni! Great question! But it's kinda one I don't have an answer to. It really is a matter of taste/strength. How strong do you want it to be or do you want it as a background flavor. So I would suggest adding a little at a time then tasting a bit after each addition til you get it exactly how you want it. Sorry I'm not more helpful here!

Anonymous said...

I have tried a lot of your recipes and loved them. I have made a few minor changes to a couple but this is by far, one of the best drinks I've tried in a very long time. The only change I made was to use some of the Strawberry Daiquiri concentrate and another pkg of strawberry kool-aid with some water to make ice cubes to add to the mix.

Anonymous said...

This sounds so delicious, I've been looking for a punch recipe to use for my mom's 80th birthday surprise party. I have now found it. Thank you for sharing!!