Polka Dot Cottage: Punch Pops

Punch Pops

Posted December 31st, 2012 by

Neil and the boys got me a few fun things for Christmas:

The book and ice pop molds were on my wish list, but still, they’ll never convince me that they weren’t selfishly-motivated with these purchases.

It reminds me of the year I got Neil an answering machine because I wanted one. Or the year I got him a Squeezebox because I thought he’d get a lot of use out of it (and I wanted one). Or the year I got him Google TV because I thought he could use it to watch free movies from his Amazon Prime account (and because I wanted it).

Ok. I suppose they were due a little selfish gifting.

To be fair, though, that Squeezebox and the Google TV have been really great for all of us, not just me!

So yesterday, I took the leftover Christmas punch, and poured it into the green star pop molds for a festive little treat. It was good, if a little icy. I thought I would share the recipe for the punch here, and you can choose whether to turn it into popsicles or not. Personally, I like it best as a drink, but that could be my super-sensitive-to-cold front tooth talking.

Granny’s Punch

My grandmother used to make this punch often at family gatherings. When I started hosting Christmas parties, I requested her recipe, and she gave it to me. My kids love this stuff.

In a punch bowl, combine equal parts:

  • lemonade
  • pineapple juice
  • cranberry juice cocktail

Add enough ginger ale to give the punch a bubbly kick. Usually this is a bit less than an equal part, but It’s not an exact science. Use what tastes good to you.

Sometimes the day before the party, I make a big ice cube to float in the punch bowl. I pour a little bit of each of the juices into a small (1 or 2 cup size) container and freeze it overnight. When the ice cube melts in the punch, it doesn’t dilute the punch because they’re both made of the same ingredients.

Punch Pops

These came about accidentally. When I made Granny’s Punch on Christmas day, I dumped all three juices in the bowl in their entirety and realized that my punch bowl was too small to allow me to add any ginger ale. Oops! So, I ladled some of the juice-only mixture into a couple of big mason jars in order to make some room in the bowl for the soda.

That leftover juice-only mixture is what I poured into the star molds for the Punch Pops.

I left  1/2-inch at the top of each mold to allow for expansion and froze the pops at least 4 hours or until firm.

And then we ate them after the kids went to bed ;-)

Hey, we weren’t trying to be mean. We just forgot all about them until after the boys were safely tucked in. We’ll share with them tonight as we ring in 2013. If we remember…

Happy New Year!!

 

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