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.
In a punch bowl, combine the semi-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.
Makes about 20 4-ounce servings.
Tips and Tricks
This recipe relies on a frozen fruit punch that is packaged as a concentrate, which is why the extra water is needed. If you prefer to go with a bottled fruit punch juice, you may want to 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 rather than frozen ones. You will want to mash them to release their juices and this 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.
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.
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. If your punch bowl cannot handle the volume, pour only half of the juice mix into the bowl at a time. Fill this with an equal amount of ginger ale and Champagne, and reserve the rest to refill the bowl when it gets low.
Make It Non-Alcoholic
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. The flavor will be nearly identical, but it's kid and non-drinker friendly. A sparkling cider can work nicely as well.