Foodie Friday: Afternoon-Appropriate Champagne Punch

Personally, I enjoy a mid-day adult beverage from time to time. Less often since becoming a mom, but a little something on occasion is refreshing. Normally I just indulge in whatever I have a specific taste for, but when planning an afternoon libation for a group, more consideration is necessary. One might deem it inappropriate to serve beer and wine to a bunch of moms at 3pm, for example. My solution? Champagne Punch. It’s light, delicious, and easy to make. And of course perfectly acceptable to drink sun up through sun down (not to be confused with from sun up to sun down I hope). There are many ways to make a sparkling mixed drink, but this is currently my favorite recipe. I made it for some friends just this past weekend and no one could stop at just one glass, myself included.

Champagne Party Punch

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of white cranberry juice cocktail
  • 3 cups of pink lemonade*
  • 1 quart of ginger ale
  • 1 bottle of champagne
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 strawberry ice mold, or ice cubes prepared with sliced strawberries

*Many recipes use frozen lemonade concentrate, but I find it too sweet. If you like your cocktails on the sweeter side, swap the lemonade for one can of concentrate

Directions

Stir the cranberry juice and pink lemonade together in a large punch bowl. Add ginger ale. Place ice cubes into the bowl and mix. Pour champagne into the punch and place half of the lemon slices all around the top of the surface. Use the remaining lemon pieces to garnish glasses. Serve and enjoy!

I recommend this punch for any brunch, luncheon, or afternoon gathering. It’s perfect for a shower or birthday celebration. And don’t worry about going back for seconds; it’s rather light as I mentioned. If you can’t stop there though, you’ll need to hand over your keys. Just sayin’.

 

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