Wednesday, February 22, 2012

MARDI GRAS PUNCH

Click below to listen to Chefs Jackie and Jeff talk about these recipes and tips:



You wondered what all those beverages were people were carrying around at Mardi Gras? It very well may be Jackie's famous Mardi Gras Punch! Guess what? It's really good anytime there's a good party going on!

MARDI GRAS PUNCH
Courtesy of Chef Jackie Olden © 2012

Ingredients:

3 cup water
3 cups sugar
3 cups boiling water
1/4 cup tea leaves
3 cups orange juice
1 cup lemon juice
3 cups pineapple juice
2 quarts ginger ale
Sliced fruit (oranges, lemons, strawberries)

Directions:

Combine the 3 cups water and sugar in a saucepan. Heat and stir until sugar is dissolved. Boil 7 minutes. Chill. Combine 3 cups boiling water with the tea leaves. Steep 5 minutes. Strain and cool. When ready to serve combine all ingredients in a punch bowl and garnish with fresh fruit.

Makes 3 1/2 quarts

Handy hint: To keep punch from becoming diluted, freeze ginger ale in favorite ice mold.

Make this beverage an adult beverage by putting your favorite alcohol into it. You can also use mint tea leaves.

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