Sunday, June 1, 2014

Passion Fruit NA Punch

It's summertime! This refreshing punch is a crowd pleaser. It's tangy and refreshing and slightly exotic. You can also "punch" it up a notch by adding a shot of whiskey and a shot of orange liqueur such as Triple Sec, Gran Marnier or Countreau to each glass before pouring in the punch.

Passion Fruit Punch
(makes about 2-1/2 liters)
1 liter club soda (chilled)
1 liter passion fruit juice (I use Ceres brand)
12 oz. frozen orange juice
1 c. ginger syrup (see below)

Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher. Serve over ice.

For the ginger syrup: combine 3/4 cup sugar, 3/4 cup water and 1/2 cup rough-chopped ginger in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a storage container, or directly into the punch. Press excess liquid out of the ginger. Makes about 1 cup. I usually make about 3 cups at a time. It will keep, refrigerated, for a couple weeks.

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