It’s monsoon season again here in Georgia. Doesn’t Mother Nature know tomorrow is the 4th of July and celebrations are planned? Rain or no rain, the festivities will go on and we will enjoy every minute, even if the sunshine is in liquid form.
Speaking of liquids, today I’m sharing an easy to make, red, white and blue patriotic punch. It’s perfect for a 4th of July celebration, especially for the kiddos.
There are several of these type punches online using various kinds of ingredients. A lot of the recipes use red fruit punch for the “red” part of the recipe but since I’m not a big fan of fruit punch, I decided to go with something else.
You can make this fruit punch in a large glass beverage server as shown below.
Photo above from Terry’s Village
Or, you can mix it in individual glasses which is what I chose to do.
The magical and somewhat tricky part of this recipe is figuring out how to keep the different drinks/colors from blending into each other. It’s actually easy to keep the red and blue drink separate (you’ll see why in a sec) but when you pour the “white” drink in last, which is what all the recipes I found called for, it tends to blend right into the blue. I couldn’t find any examples online where the white hadn’t just sort of blended right in.
You’ll notice in the picture below, though the “white” drink was added last, you really don’t see the white part of the drink very well. It more or less blended right into the blue drink. (The whitish section you see toward the bottom isn’t drink, it’s just the where the glass frosted over.)
Well, if it’s a red, white and blue drink, I want the colors to all be separate. I’m stubborn that way. After two failed attempts, I came up with a technique that worked beautifully every time. I made my punch in individual glasses but this should work great for a large beverage server, too. Although, as Cecilia pointed out in the comments, if it’s in a large container, you’ll be drinking each drink/flavor one after the other instead of being able to taste all of them as you wish. So I vote for serving this punch in individual glasses.
Here’s what you’ll need and you’ll find a printable recipe at the end of this post.
Cranberry Juice (I used Ocean Spray)
Blue Sports Drink (I used Gatorade’s G2 Blueberry Pomegranate)
1 bag of crushed ice (if your refrigerator doesn’t make crushed ice)
Note: All of the above drinks need to be chilled in advance of making your punch.
To make your patriotic punch, start by filling up you container (a mason jar/glass in my case) almost to the very top with ice.
Next pour the cranberry juice in until it fills about 1/3 of the container.
TIP: I tilted the glass so the cranberry juice ran down the inside of the glass since I didn’t want any red-drink residue on the ice when I added the other colors/beverages.
Each time you add a drink/new color, the ice will melt down a little. So, you’ll need to add additional ice cubes to fill the container back up near the top after adding each color.
Next, add the blueberry-pomegranate Gatorade, again filling up about 1/3 more of the glass or container. As you add the blue drink, pour it slooowly and pour it directly on top of an ice cube so the ice cube will slow it down even further. The blue part should stay fairly separate from the red. This is due to the sugar content of the drinks. Cranberry juice has more sugar and is heavier so that’s why it went in first.
My Secret Weapon:
The Diet 7-up goes in last and here’s the way I FINALLY got the 7-up to stop mixing into the blue drink. Instead of adding more ice cubes after pouring in the blue drink, I added CRUSHED iced. That’s it! The crushed ice made all the difference!
My refrigerator serves both regular cubes and crushed ice. If your refrigerator doesn’t do that, you’ll need to pick up some crushed ice at the grocery store.
So, pour the Diet 7-Up slooowly onto the crushed ice, filling up the remainder of your glass or container. Since the crushed iced is smaller and more dense, it does a better job of stopping the 7-up from mixing in. YAY! Plus, the dense crushed ice helps add to the white appearance at the top.
This method should work well in a large beverage server, too.
Wouldn’t this drink be pretty with one of those little flag toothpicks on top, with blueberries and strawberries on the toothpick.
You’ll find a printable recipe for this Patriotic Punch at the end of this post.
Update: I made this punch as part of this tablescape on the porch. Table setting can be viewed here: Dining on the Porch for the 4th of July.
- Cranberry Juice (I used Ocean Spray)
- Blue Sports Drink (I used Gatorade’s G2 Blueberry Pomegranate)
- Diet 7-Up
- 1 bag of crushed ice (if your refrigerator doesn’t make crushed ice)
- Fill up a glass beverage server or glass almost to the top with ice cubes
- Pour cranberry juice in until it fills about 1/3 of the container.
- Note: Each time you add a new drink color, the ice will melt down a little, so you’ll need to add additional ice cubes to fill the container back up.
- Add the blueberry-pomegranate Gatorade, again filling up about 1/3 more of the glass or container. As you add the blue beverage, pour it slowly and directly on top of an ice cube so the ice cube will slow it down even further.
- Add additional ice to replace what melts but this time add crushed ice instead of ice cubes. The density of the crushed ice helps keep the 7-up from blending in to the blue and adds to the “whitish” appearance.
- Finally, add Diet 7-Up, filling up the glass/container to the top.
- Garnish with a flag toothpick with strawberries and blueberries attached.
Happy 4th of July!