Thursday, February 19, 2009

I'll Bring the Punch!

I can't wait to attend the potluck at Gollum's place. Her address is at Let's all meet there Friday and be on time, ok? I know we will enjoy all the food that everyone is bringing.

Looks like nobody signed up for punch yet so that's what I will bring.

It's called Banana Crush. What I like about it is its versatility. You can serve it even when children are around and they will enjoy it with plain carbonated drink, 7 up or soda water and adults can enjoy it with champagne or vodka. And you can prepare it in advance. Just keep it in your freezer until the day you want to serve it. Be sure to take it out about an hr. or 2 before serving.

Banana Crush

4 cups sugar
6 cups water
2 & 1/2 cups orange juice
1/2 cup lemon juice
4 cups pineapple juice
5 bananas, mashed
1 64-oz bottle lemon-lime carbonated beverage or champagne or vodka or whatever your taste buds would prefer.

Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat until sugar dissolved, stirring constantly. Add juices and bananas, mixing well. Pour into a plastic container. Cover and freeze.

To serve: thaw slightly. Place in a punch bowl and stir with fork to break into chunks. Add carbonated beverage. Yields about 5 & 1/2 quartz.

I do not usually add the beverage into the punch bowl. I spoon the crush into individual cups or glasses and add whatever beverage the guest prefers. I hope you enjoy it if and when you try it.

Thanks, Gollum for hosting the potluck!


prof en retraite said...

Oh Christine! This sounds so yummy and very versatile!! Thanks for the recipe!...Debbie

mbkatc230 said...

Yippee! I have a new punch recipe to try for Cait's recital. This sounds really good and refreshing too. All those sore saxophone mouths will appreciate this! Kathy

marty39 said...

Christine, I love fruit drinks and this just looks so yummy and sounds like it would be so great on a hot afternoon. Such a treat. You do have the neatest ideas. I will definitely make this. Hugs, Marty

Linda said...

I would love one of those right now! Sounds so refreshing! Linda

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Christine, thanks so much for sharing this recipe with us. Not only does it sound tasty, but it looks so pretty!

Happy Foodie Friday!


Sheila :-)

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Christine this sounds so refreshing and fun.. thanks for sharing the recipe..
hugs ~lynne~

Susan said...

This sound delicious!

Happy Foodie Friday!


Gollum said...

Christine, this looks wonderful! I love the punchbowl, and how adaptable the recipe is, for kids or adults. Thank you for joining us today!

Blondie's Journal said...


I love anything carbonated with lemon flavor. It sounds so refreshing for summer and I will certainly try it.

Love your punchbowl! :-)

Happy Foodie Friday!


Diane said...

Ooohhhh! This sounds so good! Yummm! ☺

Happy To Be said...

Oh Christine I will add this to my when I have Candace's baby shower this would be great for the gals..thanks...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Justine/Justiney/Tiney said...

Holy cow, I've only visited 3 foodie blogs and already I've got a sugar rush!!

Justine :o )

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

I know I would love this! thanks

PAT said...

This is great! We used to make something similar. Really wonderful drink! Great post, Christine!

Smilingsal said...

I'll bet it's delish! Thanks for sharing. Happy Friday.

ann said...

This looks wonderful.I'll have to try it.Did you realize one of those awards is YOURS?...Ann

CC said...

Christine, I will so try that! Great idea to bring the punch, I was getting thirsty. LOL


JyLnC said...

I don't have a good punch recipe and this one is so pretty and sounds tasty. I am going to really enjoy Foodie Fridays.

Shelia said...

Morning, Dear Christine! This look wonderful! I would love to try this!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

tardevil said...

I got to copy that into Word. Think that would make a good mixed drink! :O) Cheers!

Mari at Once Upon a Plate said...

Oh your punch sounds divine! What a gorgeous table setting, too.

Happy Foodie Friday!

Chris said...

I'll copy this one into my Blogland folder. We're having our Lula in April, and I'm going to make this. Thank you.


The English Cottage Collection said...

Thanks for coming over to visit from Nikki-that cute funny little tart!! And P.S. anything foodie and I'm in ....I'll be back

Tootsie said...

sounds yummy! thanks for sharing

Glenda said...

This punch sounds delicious for adults and children alike. Hope you don't mind that I copied it to my recipe file. Since you provided the recipe, I didn't think you would care. I'll let you know when I try it, though I'll probably adjust it down, since I no longer entertain. I don't foresee that being a problem.

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

This slush has been a family favorite for us as well. I've also added strawberry to the recipe and floated one in each glass or rim. This also brings back memories of(many years ago) served at my wedding reception.

Sweet Wishes,

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Christine, I can attest to the fact that this is good punch. I enlarged this picture though, and everything on that table looks so delicious and so pretty! Is that a salad in that tall red bowl? What is in it that is red? Those etched glasses are lovely. laurie

Bo said...

Hi Christine...I enlarged your photo because all of the other goodies on your table looked so good too. This is a new one on me and I am so happy to have something different! Thanks, ;-) Bo

Tracy said...

Wow, that looks wonderful! Your table looks very inviting. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Foley said...

OOOHHH, this could be my new Sunday morning mimosa...sounds so crisp and light!

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