Patriotic Punch

IMG_8580-punchRaspberries, strawberries and pineapple combine to deliver this bright and celebratory punch worthy of starring at your next patriotic picnic! Whether Memorial Day, Independence Day or merely a steamy summer afternoon, whip up this thirst-quenching recipe and get ready to dole out the recipe to all of your pleading guests!

Yield: Approximately 16 servings



1 (12 fluid-ounce) can frozen pink lemonade concentrate

1 (20-ounce) can pineapple in juice (tidbits or chunks work best) (or roughly 2 1/4 cups)

½ lb. strawberries, frozen

½ lb. red raspberries, frozen

1 liter club soda or naturally flavored sparkling water 



Puree concentrate and fruit in a blender until smooth. Place puree in a punch bowl or pitcher, add club soda or sparkling water; combine. Add ice (see tip below) and serve immediately.

Tip: To add even more festive fun to your gathering, add frozen red, white, and blue star-shaped ice cubes to amp up the WOW-factor. For inspiration on the how-to AND the perfect ice-cube tray, check out this post from our friend at Mom to Mom Nutrition!

Nutritionist’s Note: If you prefer a lower sugar option, you can certainly crank up the amount of club soda or cut back on the amount of frozen juice concentrate. Our own MommyRD enjoys this recipe with double the sparkling water!

Nutrition Facts: 40 calories, 0 grams fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium, 10 grams carbohydrate, 1 gram fiber, 7 grams sugar, 0 grams protein, 0% vitamin A, 20% vitamin C, 2% calcium, 2% iron

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