Homemade punch is delicious and refreshing, and it is a great party beverage, but unless it contains real fruit it is not really fruit punch. Party beverages that contain real fruit are much tastier and far healthier than sugared varieties that contain significant amounts of sugar and artificial ingredients. Try these easy ways to make punch with real fruit, and offer a healthy alternative to artificially flavored high-calorie varieties.
Old-Fashioned Banana Punch by the Glass
My grandmother made this delicious real fruit punch for almost every family gathering. Even those that did not care for bananas loved this sweet and tasty beverage that contained real fruit and freshly squeezed juice. She would triple her punch recipe to make sure everyone had their fill.
To make old-fashioned banana fruit punch by the glass you will need four mashed bananas, two cups of granulated sugar, three cups of water, three oranges, one lemon, and citrus flavored pop and ice that will be added to each individual glass.
Mix the water and granulated sugar in a saucepan, and heat it until the sugar completely dissolves. Allow it to cool completely.
Next, squeeze the juice from the fresh lemon and oranges, and combine it with the crushed bananas. Pour the sugar water into the fruity mixture, and blend it thoroughly. Add a generous scoop of the real fruit mixture to each glass, and stir in citrus pop. Add ice, and serve this sparkling punch immediately. A wedge of orange or lemon can be placed on the rim of each glass.
Real Fruit Salad Punch
My grandmother had another good real fruit punch recipe that she proudly served in a crystal punch bowl, and it contained many types of real fruit juice along with real chunks of sweet and tasty fruit. She called it her fruit salad punch, and it was just as good or better than a real fruit salad. It was the liquid version of what many people enjoy on a hot summer day, and it brings back many wonderful memories.
To make real fruit salad punch you will need one-half of a quart of canned peaches in heavy syrup, one ripe banana, the juice of one fresh lemon, six-ounces of frozen concentrated orange juice, and about twenty-three ounces of prepared pineapple juice. A half cup of granulated sugar and scoops of colorful sherbet are optional.
Pour the real juice mixture in a punch bowl, and place the banana and peaches along with the syrup into a blender. Puree the mixture until it is pulverized and well-blended, and pour it into the juice. Add enough water to make a gallon of real fruit punch, and if desired, add large scoops of sherbet shortly before serving. It is good with or without the sherbet, and with the addition of heavy peach syrup and a very ripe banana, the added sugar might not be necessary. Real flavors are the best flavors of all!