Ginger Ale Punch

Ginger ale punch-the ginger ale being responsible for putting the punch into most punch drinks-is one of the most popular types of punches. Ginger ale is the zesty effervescence and the zing that keeps the party on a high note from beginning to end. It tickles the nose, slides smoothly down the gullet and lands gently. It's the best base any punch could ask for, but it can be improved upon. For even ginger ale needs company in the punch bowl.

Ginger Ale Punch Recipes
These punch recipes begin with ginger ale and are supported by a variety of other flavors, depending on the tastes of your party guests.

Island Punch

Ingredients You Will Need:
1 2-liter bottle ginger ale
Pineapple juice to taste (Everyone's taste buds are different and too much pineapple can change the entire feel of the punch)
1 can frozen orange juice
1 can pineapple chunks
1 small jar maraschino cherries
Mini limes studded with cloves

Mix together the ginger ale, pineapple juice and orange juice. Toss in the pineapple, cherries and limes for some added decoration and flavor. For a touch of sweetness, add a coconut sugar paste to the rim. Add a bit of sugar and water to the coconut and frappe the mixture until you have a sweet paste. Dip the rims of your punch cups into this concoction before serving. Serve chilled.

Blue Water Punch

Ingredients You Will Need:
1 small bottle ginger ale
1 2-liter bottle Sprite
1 medium bottle Blue Frost Gatorade
1 package blue Kool-Aid
1 cup sugar
1 package blue freeze pops
1 package frozen lemon-lime juice
Mini white marshmallows

Mix together all of the ingredients. Add pieces of freeze pops as ice cubes. Make white caps by tossing a handful of mini marshmallows into the punch cups as you serve it. Serve chilled.

Ginger Ale and Other Sodas
When adding other sodas to the same punch bowl, sometimes the ginger ale flavor will be overpowered. That's okay. The ginger ale will still offer the effervescence and subtle woodsy flavor not found in other sodas. This recipe offers a taste of orange and pineapple, with a touch of Coke. The subtle hint of the ginger ale carries the entire concoction.

Muddy Waters Punch

Ingredients You Will Need:
1 2-liter bottle ginger ale
1 2-liter bottle Coke
1 can pineapple juice
1 can frozen orange juice
Cinnamon sticks

Mix the ingredients together and add cinnamon sticks to represent floating logs. Serve chilled.

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