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Cardinal punch is an easy, fruit-filled punch. Both adults and kids will enjoy this refresher. It is great for outdoor family-friendly events in the spring and summer, but also keep it in mind for baby showers, birthdays, and other celebrations. For larger gatherings, you can keep the same ratio of ingredients and adapt this recipe to fill a punch bowl.
To prepare ahead of time to enjoy cardinal punch with family and friends, you can keep a pitcher of the juice mix stored in the refrigerator. It's more complex than the straight bottled juices and, with a bottle of ginger ale on hand, can be quickly and simply transformed into this refreshing mocktail.
Making a Cocktail
Pour the juices into a collins glass half-filled with ice cubes.
Top with the ginger ale.
Garnish with orange and lemon slices.
Serve and enjoy!
Making a Pitcher
To increase this recipe to make a pitcher (1 quart), use the below measurements:
12 ounces cranberry juice
3 ounces lemon juice
6 ounces orange juice
12 ounces ginger ale (add immediately before serving)
Making a Punchbowl
To increase this recipe for a punchbowl (1 gallon), use the below measurements:
6 cups cranberry juice
1 1/2 cups lemon juice
3 cups orange juice
6 cups ginger ale
Using an Ice Ring
It's fun to make a special block of ice to float in your punch bowl. You can use a salad mold to make a ring block of ice, freezing in maraschino cherries and other slices of fruit. Starfruit would be a fun decorative fruit. If you have silicone baking molds in different shapes, these could also be used to make decorative blocks of ice with fruit inside. You can ensure the fruit is suspended in the middle of the block by first filling the form about one-third with water and freezing. Now add the fruit and return it to the freezer for a few minutes to freeze the fruit in place (otherwise, the fruit may float). Then top off with water and freeze it completely.
Other ideas for creative ice cubes are to make some of the ice cubes from the cranberry juice and some from the orange juice. Then the punch won't become diluted as much as the water ice cubes melt.
An interesting addition to cardinal punch is to make a syrup of reduced balsamic vinegar and fresh basil leaves. Add a dollop of this syrup to each drink.
Some recipes for cardinal punch include strong-brewed black tea, making it a form of iced tea. The cranberry juice, lemon juice, orange juice are added to black tea brewed with spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Then the drink is chilled before serving.