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Dec 6, 2012 10:02 AM

Does anyone make/serve punch any more?

I have my mom's punch bowl, the one she used in the '60s for just about every party we had. It may in fact have been a wedding present! It has the plastic hooks that you place along the edge of the bowl which held the matching cups.

She used to make a delicious punch, I wish I had the recipe. I don't think it was one of those sherbet ones but it did have ginger ale and probably some kind of fruit juice, maybe pineapple, and rose wine. Not just any rose wine, It was a brand I can't remember but it didn't come in a glass bottle (yeah, I know, el cheapo.) It was some kind of ceramic, short/squat, maybe jug like bottle but no handle, painted either brown or blue. Wish I could remember it. I'm sure it was cheap but it made good punch!

Now I have this beautiful punch set with lots of memories but I never have big parties and it sits alone up on a shelf in the cabinet of never-used-anymore kitchen items (like her '60s fondue pot.)


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  1. Your wine memories,if stateside was "Lancer's"
    Yes we make punch during the fall,winter holidays.Very boozy eggnog,milk punch,whisky punch etc for the fun memories.

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    1. re: lcool

      Ooooh, Lancers's. You are good! I just googled it and that old bottle came up! It was sparkling rose wine. I bet they don't have those bottles any longer.

      1. re: Jpan99

        Ah, the benefits of age: I also immediately thought "must have been Lancer's!" While I seldom make punch any more, I do smile when someone is serving it and love having a glass. Often, however, it's tooth-achingly sweet, so I like to be able to pour a goodly splash of club soda into my glass, too.

    2. I use my punch bowl maybe 3-4 times a year but I use my fondue pot all the time. We probably have some version of fondue once or twice a month, so many variations.

      My punch bowl rarely has "punch" per see, I use it more for lemonade-type drinks in the summer. It looks great at parties, especially if you take the time to make pretty floating ice using a jelly mold. It takes time and a day or two preparation so the layers freeze but so worth it. You don't have to have huge parties to use it. It make such a nice presentation even if there are just a few couples or a small group of friends. I also use it for my son's b-day parties. The kids seem to love it. For his lego party a few years ago I froze lego men in the ice and the kids went crazy.

      For my Christmas brunch I plan on using it for a more traditional punch made with cranberry and orange juice, ginger beer and fresh mint. I will make layers of juice, sliced oranges, cranberries and mint in the jello mold for my ice. This will keep it cold and since I make it with the juice it won’t dilute the punch as it melts.

      1. Fruit punched laced with rum or vodka is a staple of our warm weather entertaining. We have both a crystal and a silver punch bowl and each is used a few times per year.

        My sister does not serve punch, she uses her wedding gift crystal punch bowl and cups to serve fruit salad when setting a buffet meal.

        1. My mother uses her mother's punch bowl as a salad bowl for buffet gatherings, in case you are interested in getting it out a little more often.

          1. I make grenadine punch (booze-free) for our Christmas Eve buffet every year, but I only used the bowl once. It was kind of a PITA, and the cups were so small that everyone had to make way too many trips back to the bowl.

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            1. re: Kontxesi

              "and the cups were so small that everyone had to make way too many trips back to the bowl."

              I think the idea behind punch is that it is to be sipped and lingered over, in a genteel way, hence the small cups.

              That said, those cups would never fly in my family! :)

                1. re: ttoommyy

                  "That said, those cups would never fly in my family! :)"

                  Oh, I couldn't agree more!