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Updated Punchbowl (for adults only)

Am looking for a wonderful punch with a little of the "recipe" added in. Not too sweet mind you & not so boozy that it will knock your socks off.

Remember those days when we were young & every party had a punch bowl & everyone stood around it awkwardly dipping & sipping & mumbling?

Well, I don't know about you, but I would still like to stand around a punch bowl. We are grown up (& then some), so let's get rid of those little bitty plastic cups, break out the mason jars & spike that big bowl. Bet the conversation will be a lot better too.

Only problem is, I need some recipes. Please help.

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    1. I haven't made any of them (though I've saved some), but Chow has a bunch of delicious looking spiked punch recipes: http://www.chow.com/search?q=&s%5...

      1. Where I live, punch has never gone out of fashion! My two favorites:

        -Cut a small hole in the rind of watermelon. Insert a bigass dollar-store funnel. Pour in 100proof vodka till it's all absorbed. Wait a few hours. Cut the melon into wedges, scoop out the flesh, mash it up in the punchbowl, mix in some ginger ale.

        -Twice as much lime sherbet as Everclear, mixed together and served over frozen sparkling wine ice cubes.

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        1. re: tracytrace

          Add some peach schnaps along with the vodka, don't mash it up, and just serve the watermelon wedges. Great BBQ dessert. Just provide a "virgin" watermelon for the kids.

        2. Sangria can be made as boozy as you want. It can be made pretty also with sliced fruit and it's just a fun drink that I have found to be crowd friendly.
          Check the net for recipes that appeal to you. My friend and I used to make it by the seat of our pants using a basic recipe and adding this and that and tasting until we *really* liked it.

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          1. re: Gail

            And white sangria could also be an option.

          2. My favorite punch years ago was called 'Open House Punch'.
            It included a package of tropical punch mix, a can of frozen orange juice and one of frozen lemonade, a bottle of Southern Comfort, and just before serving, a couple liters of Sprite or 7 up.
            If you wanted it less sweet, I suppose you could use some lemon juice instead of the can of lemonade.
            It didn't taste boozy, but man, was it good!

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            1. re: kitchengardengal

              We seem to be kindred spirits no pun intended I recommended Scarlet O'Hara's without seeing your comments. I am presently a teetotaller but have imbibed in a bit of the recipe in my younger days.

              1. re: kitchengardengal

                Frozen lemonade concentrate makes awesome punch. I had one at a wedding shower that was lemonade concentrate, melted raspberry sherbet, pineapple juice, apricot brandy, vodka and ginger ale or some such - it didn't sound good at all, but it was totally addictive and not too sweet, surprisingly!

                1. re: kitchengardengal

                  I know of Open House Punch only too well!!! A big punch bowl of it was fixed every year for our annual Christmas party. Still have one of the "original" printings of it (1980). Very tasty. It really packs a punch... literally!!!!