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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!!!!

                2. The recipe, reminds me of the Baldwin sisters and Pappa's recipe. I love the Walton's. Scarlet O'Haras might be to your liking, made with cranberry juice, lime, rum or gin and a little recipe like Southern Comfort.

                  1. Fish House Punch (from Food & Wine magazine)

                    I didn't use the peach schnapps, just half the brandy, and used some orange bitters and peychaud's bitters in the punch. For those who wanted it a little more pizzazz, I topped off the glass with a little sparkling wine.

                    3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
                    6 1/2 ounces dark rum
                    4 ounces brandy
                    2 ounces peach schnapps
                    4 ounces cold brewed black tea
                    4 ounces fresh lemon juice
                    4 ounces cold water
                    Orange peels, for garnish
                    Set a funnel in a large, clean bottle that has a screw cap. Add the confectioners' sugar and tap it into the bottle. Add the rum, brandy, peach schnapps, black tea and lemon juice. Close the bottle and shake vigorously. Add the water and shake again. Seal and refrigerate the punch until cold.

                    Bon Appetite magazine has a recipe for a lovely ice ring for your bowl

                    1. Hey everyone, these punch recipes sound absolutely delicious, trouble is, which one to pick??

                      Too bad we can't get together & do a little BYOPB - bring your own punch bowl. Of course we can bring "little punch bowls" & everyone can get a taste.

                      There are a lot of non alcoholic punches out there & I guess you could add whatever liquor you like, but so many times that idea just ends up being gross. Got to have that right combination.

                      The other day I was at a foo foo restaurant with some girlfriends & the waiter suggested we try glass of "bad a**" iced tea. It came in a very large glass with 4 straws so we could each try it. Was so darn good, but I did not like the idea of four people dipping in the till.

                      I have searched for the words "bad a** tea", since the waiter said that was the real name, but could not find anything like it. All he said was it had 3 different liquors in it plus some other tasty stuff. That's what got me to thinking it would make a wonderful punch. He would not give out any more information than that.

                      In the mean time, I am planning to sip my way through these great drinks you are coming up with!


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                      1. re: cstout

                        Did he mean Long Island Ice Tea?

                        1. re: Ruthie789

                          Someone at the table said the drink tasted a lot like Long Island Ice tea, but since I have never tasted that tea I cannot say if the Bad tea is the same or not.

                        2. re: cstout

                          My brother-in-law makes what he calls Bad Ass Iced Tea. I think he named it himself, though, so doubt it's the same. Also, he is known as "Turtle-Head" and proudly sports a mullet. But, anyway, his is
                          Equal parts brewed tea and spiced rum
                          Absolut citron
                          Peach schnapps
                          A lot of simple syrup

                        3. i think a mojito type punch would be good - the way they make them in cuba at the resorts ...

                          not too sweet, not too alcoholic - just right for warm days going nowhere fast!

                          i have not googled this as i don't usually need to make big drinks - and if i have - it's red wine sangria.

                          i don't mix alcohols tho - my friend's mom in college always said - don't mix your grains and your grapes. Ain't that the truth! (the next morning)

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                          1. re: Georgia Strait

                            Yes, Georgia, some of those mixed drinks will be head shattering the next morning.

                            Mojito type punch sounds so refreshing right now. I will google that & see what pops up.