If the last time you sipped punch was in your high school gym while awkward soft rock played as the background to even more awkward slow dances, then allow the fruit beverage to redeem itself by taking peek, or rather sip, of these great punch recipes.
Pucker up for this first recipe from Celebration expert Coryanne Ettiene. This Lime Sherbet Punch is sure to kick things up a notch at your next get-together with its flawless combination of citrus juices, creamy sherbet and ginger ale. Top off this bubbly brew with maraschino cherries for the ultimate trip down memory lane. For an extra bit of nostalgia, ask your date to get you a glass while you run and hide in the bathroom because your true love (your cat) is dancing with your best friend (your best friend).
It's less likely this next recipe will take you back to the good ol' days unless you were alive in 1862. Drink Hacker's modern take on a 19th century classic (no, not Oliver Twist) is just the kick in the pants a party needs, especially one where the guest list is comprised mostly of co-workers or relatives with whom you share little in common other than work or blood, respectively. This recipe for Canadian Punch is no weak sauce, so be sure to hide all cameras or recording devices before serving up this rum and whiskey medley.
Other than being the drink of choice at school dances, punch happens to be a great choice for baby showers, when an alcoholic beverage just isn't an option. This next recipe from Ingredients, inc. packs a healthy punch by blending the fresh juices of pineapple, orange, pomegranate and lime along with ginger ale to create an alcohol and caffeine-free punch. Perfect for moms-to-be.
This final recipe from Dukes & Duchesses is sure to pep up any party that may come your way. A refreshingly simple Coffee Punch recipe is a triple threat, combining vanilla and chocolate ice cream with instant coffee for a buzz that doesn't require you to surrender your car keys. Mix in decaf for a baby-safe punch that will satisfy any coffee cravings of expectant mothers.