15 Minute Festive Fruit Punch

by | Dec 16, 2015 | 5 comments

People close to me would say that I have a flamboyant and colourful personality. But I strive for flamboyance with very minimal effort. I am constantly thinking of ways to present something spectacular that becomes a conversation starter at gatherings without a lot of money or hoopla going into it. This stunning centrepiece of a cocktail is bold, big and beautiful. It is carefully concocted to reflect the colours of Christmas – green apples, red strawberries and white lychees.

Festive Fruit Punch - Cook Republic

I make a huge batch by simply slicing the fruit and mixing with lemonade, sparkling wine and ice in a huge glass container like this $8 cookie jar I scored at the dollar shop (ironic I know! you can no longer get anything really for a dollar at the dollar shop but still a great buy don’t you think?). Sometimes I might swap the white sparkling wine for a chilled Rosé or the lemonade for sweetened hibiscus or white tea. Topped with heaps of mint and ice cubes, it never fails to wow and refresh at gatherings. And it all comes together in less than 15 minutes, most of which is spent slicing the damned fruit.

When not being a diva on the drinks table, this cookie jar actually holds homemade cookies or a bunch of freshly cut flowers when I am too busy to bake. I love how everything has purpose and can be reused. I hope you make this for your next gathering because it is dead simple and you don’t need another thing to worry about when you are busy cooking. Don’t forget to add some fairy lights. Things are always more magical with fairy lights, aren’t they? And don’t forget to share your creations with me using #cookrepublic across all social media.

Festive Fruit Punch - Cook Republic

Festive Fruit Punch - Cook Republic

Festive Fruit Punch - Cook Republic

 

 

15 MINUTE FESTIVE FRUIT PUNCH

5 from 1 vote
A stunning-to-look-at centrepiece of your Christmas gathering, this fruit punch is so simple to make. With all the red and green colours of Christmas sparkling amidst ice cubes, the Festive Fruit Punch is one refreshing and delicious concoction of apples, lychees and strawberries.
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Course // Cocktail, Drinks
Cuisine // Christmas, Gluten Free, Vegan
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 6 teaspoons caster sugar
  • 2 granny smith apples, cored and thinly sliced
  • 350 g punnet fresh strawberries, trimmed and quartered
  • 2 X 560g can lychees , (with juice)
  • 750 ml white sparkling wine, (1 bottle), chilled
  • 1 liter lemonade, chilled
  • handful of fresh mint leaves to serve
  • 2 cups ice cubes

Instructions

  • Place caster sugar in a large 20-cup capacity glass jar/bottle.
  • Top with apple slices, strawberries and lychees with juice. Pour wine and lemonade on top of the fruit and mix once gently using a long wooden spoon taking care to not disturb the fruit much.
  • Top with ice cubes and fresh mint leaves.

Notes

  1. Use a big vintage cookie jar for your punch. It can be easily sourced from op shops or homeware stores.
  2. Serve punch with a big ladle or several small ladles and an eclectic mix of glasses.
  3. Jazz up your punch serving area with fairy lights for an instant festive look.
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I love creating easy, vibrant, fresh, everyday recipes and taking gorgeous photos of the food I cook. I have been blogging for 15 years and I have also written a book with over 100 new recipes. If you make a recipe from the blog, Tag @cookrepublic on Instagram. I would love to see!

COMMENTS

5 Comments
  1. Padaek

    5 stars
    Fantastic idea Sneh! Love all the xmas colours and delicious ingredients. Looking forward to making this. Merry Christmas. 🙂

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  2. Rosa

    A heavenly punch and delightful fruit combination.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  3. Petra

    5 stars
    This punch taste fantastic, perfect for the hot southern hemisphere Christmas. Light and refreshing and it is far too easy to drink way too much of it! Great recipe, Sneh!

    Reply
  4. krishi

    5 stars
    Lovely Recepi… Thanks for sharing

    Reply

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