People still drink punch, right? Not like at real parties or anything, but I bet it still gets served at office parties. My last punch was at a middle school dance I helped chaperone. One of the stay at home moms (who also seemed to be a stay out of the kitchen mom) dumped a bunch of Sprite into a gigantic bowl and then floated a plastic bucket-shaped iceberg of generic rainbow sherbert in the middle. It was…not great.
I don’t know what constitutes a punch exactly. I think it’s just two liquid ingredients and a big bowl. The bowl is important. I don’t think you can make punch in a pitcher. Or can you? This week’s concoction, Lemon-Grape Bubbly, was made in a pitcher BUT it was also on a page with other punches, so I guess it’s a push.
It’s from the Some Like A Lot section of the book. That bothers me because it’s total preparation volume is far less than some of the other punches in the book. I think they just wanted to have rhyming sections. I can’t judge.
The grape juice and Kool-Aid both assert themselves forcefully in the nosegrope. It smells quite refreshing.
The grape juice provides the most flavor. It’s the backbone of the drink. The Lemonade Kool-Aid is layered on top of that, and the 7 Up really helps to thin things out and add some sparkle. 7 Up is not nearly strong enough to compete with such strong flavor opponents. All of the flavors work very well together, but they are intense. It’s a very tart and very sweet drink. Four ounces of 7 Up and grape juice alone constitutes around 60 grams of sugar. But it’s not bad!
A better attempt would be to replace the 7 Up with soda water. And a lot more than the 2 cups the recipe calls for. And a lot of ice. And maybe a lot of vodka. Thin this stuff out and it would be an ok punch. Or drink. Or whatever the rule is. Just pour it in a big bowl and go nuts. And tell that lady with the sherbert bucket to go the hell home. Nobody likes her anyway.