Strawberries are the featured fruit of this very easy and delicious Champagne punch. The recipe is perfect any time of year and it can quickly become a new favorite. No matter what type of party you're hosting, your guests will enjoy its fruity flavor and refreshing sparkle.
The base of this punch can be found in your grocer's freezer section, where you can pick up a can of fruit punch and some frozen strawberries. Make sure that both are partially thawed and that you stir the punch well enough to dissolve the juices completely.
- 12 ounces fruit punch (from frozen concentrate)
- 10 ounces strawberries (frozen or 1 1/2 cup fresh, sliced strawberries)
- 2/3 cup orange juice
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 cups water
- 24 ounces ginger ale
- 1 750-milliliters bottle Champagne
- Garnish: strawberries, rosemary, seasonal fruits, or citrus slices
Gather the ingredients.
In a punch bowl, combine the partially thawed fruit punch, strawberries, orange and lemon juices, and water to create the fruit juice base.
Stir well and store in the refrigerator until you're ready to serve.
Just before serving the punch, add the ginger ale and Champagne.
Garnish with fresh strawberries, rosemary, seasonal fruit, or citrus slices.
Serve and enjoy!
- This recipe relies on a frozen, concentrated fruit punch, which is why the extra water is needed. If you prefer to go with a bottled fruit punch juice, skip the water and pour 2 cups of fruit punch. Add more until you find the perfect juice blend for your taste.
- During strawberry season, it's highly recommended to use fresh strawberries. You will want to mash them to release their juices, which can easily be done with a muddler. Alternatively, run the berries through your electric juicer. This gives the punch a fresher taste and creates a really nice drink for spring and summer parties.
- Adding the wine and soda at the very last minute ensures that your punch is as effervescent as possible.
- Chill all of the ingredients ahead of time to make sure it's nice and cold before serving. By doing this, you can avoid adding ice and prevent watering down the flavor. Another option is to set the punch bowl in a high-walled tray or flat bowl filled with ice, refreshing it as it melts.
- This recipe makes a rather large batch of punch—about 20 4-ounce servings. If your punch bowl cannot handle the volume, pour only half of the juice mix into the bowl at a time. Fill with an equal amount of ginger ale and Champagne, and reserve the rest to refill the bowl when it gets low.
- Champagne is not your only option and you can choose your favorite sparkling wine. You will often find that the Italian Prosecco costs a little less, making it a perfect choice for sparkling punches on a budget.
- A punch recipe like this is the perfect candidate to create a fruity non-alcoholic punch that everyone can enjoy. Simply replace the wine with a sparkling grape juice or sparkling cider. The flavor will be nearly identical.
How Strong Is a Strawberry Champagne Punch?
Most Champagnes and sparkling wines are in the 12 percent alcohol by volume range. Since that's the only alcohol in this very large punch, it's a pleasantly mild beverage to serve your guests. On average, the final alcohol content comes out to around 0.15 percent ABV, so the alcohol is barely detectable.