This is one of the best punch recipes for parties that I’ve made. I served this terrific sparkling Sunshine punch for the sip and see baby shower I shared earlier, and it tasted even better than expected! It’s a combination of lightly sweetened juices and Sprite and makes for a refreshing mocktail or cocktail to serve all year round.
This worked really well for the baby shower because guests who don’t want alcohol can drink it as is, while those who like a more “festive” drink can add sparkling wine to finish the glass. I served it from a large dispenser which is ideal, but you can also serve it from pretty pitchers. Just make sure you divide the soda evenly between pitchers.
This sunshine punch is a pretty golden yellow color so it works well as a signature drink for any party with that palette.
- 12 oz. frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed but chilled
- 12 oz. frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed but chilled
- 12 oz. unsweetened pineapple juice
- 7 cups cold water
- 2 liters Sprite, chilled
- 1-2 bottles Prosecco or dry sparkling wine
In a large pitcher, combine lemonade, orange juice, pineapple juice, and water. Stir well.
Place in freezer for about 2 hours, but not more. It will get slightly slushy.
Transfer mixture into a large dispenser or serving pitchers. Add Sprite to mixture just before serving.
Fill glass half full with punch and top remaining glass with the sparkling wine.
To tell the truth, when I first made this sunshine punch I thought it would be better to just serve the juice mixture and let guests add either the Sprite or sparkling wine as they like, but my neighbor convinced me to go ahead and add all of the soft drink to the mix and then let guests add sparkling wine if they wanted.
She was right – it worked out even better that way. My initial thoughts were that it would be “too much” fizz, but it wasn’t at all…..and it made the self-serve aspect that much easier.
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