Saturday, April 24, 2010

Perfect Punch

I'm not much of a punch drinker. I detest red punch or "fruit" punch, which never tasted fruity to me at all! I generally like to drink water, although you can occasionally tempt me with a rootbeer (shh) or strawberry lemonade. Sometimes, though, when you're having a party, you need something a little snazzier than water.

I learned this recipe from my in-laws years ago and it really has become "the" punch when punch is called for. It is sweet but light, not heavy on a hot day. To tell you the truth, I am mostly blogging about this today so that we all know where to find the recipe the next time we need it, as I always seem to be ransacking my cookbook cupboard for it when it comes up.

The basic punch is lemony, but I have added pureed berries before for both presentation and taste. I have also floated lemon wedges and blueberries because they look so delicate and tempting. Take a look at the recipe and then leave me a comment and let me know what your variation would be. I love new ideas.

Perfect Lemon Punch
  • 2 tsp. citric acid
  • 2 tsp. pure lemon extract
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar (I often use less to keep it on the tart side)
  • 1 gallon water
  • ice
You can get the citric acid and lemon extract at a baking supply. I've only ever made it in much larger batches than this and it is simple to multiply the ingredients-- just taste it and add the sugar gradually if you don't want it over sweet.

So tell me, what would your garnish be to this punch?


Steph @ Diapers and Divinity said...

maybe some sprigs of mint frozen in the ice cubes?

Aubrey said...

We love this lemonade! It's a fave at family gatherings.

The Good Life said...

I made a lemonade that was so yummy that was made from hawaiian punch lemonade and strawberry flavoring syrup and a can of guava juice. It was the best punch I have ever tasted. I bet adding the flavoring and guava to your recipe would give a similar result. Floating lemons and raspberries is my favorite.

Prudy said...

I'm so glad you posted this. I have citric acid sitting in my cupboard and I haven't been using it. Now I will!

Allison said...

I like it with lots of sliced lemon. You kind ouf need something otherwise it looks like water. Doesn't Myrna call it "Tricky Punch" because of that?

Anonymous said...

Actually tricky water and I got it from Joann Larsen.

Michal said...

And I leave the receipe in the canister with the citric acid powder.


Christine said...

what is a specific local source?

Nana said...

I found citric acid at a health food store, in bulk. Ask if you don't see it.