I went to a wedding when I was 8 ½ months pregnant with my first child. There were 2 bowls of punch and since I wasn't sure which if any, had alcohol, I asked the serving staff. He directed me to the non alcoholic one. When I was pregnant I did not drink. Even though I was assured over and over again, “oh you can just have a little to taste - it won't bother the baby." Still, I just preferred to abstain. However, I was pretty darn sure that waiter made a mistake.
But I was pregnant, so I figured that maybe my taste buds were off, as pregnancy does weird stuff to a person, like making them severely crave black olives and feta cheese, as well as Boston cream donuts; at the same time. So I had a little more punch to be sure....
And it still tasted like alcohol. Believe me, I was familiar enough with booze by this point in my life that, pregnant brain or not, I'd know if I was drinking it. But for some reason, I also trusted that the server wouldn't send a very pregnant lady to the spiked punch. Don't get my wrong, I enjoy alcohol (especially wine) but just not while another human is growing inside me and relying on me for brain development and important stuff like that. This is not about being judgy.
Pregnancy is right around the time I discovered this Easy Strawberry party punch. One of my colleagues made it for our Stampede party at work. But since I couldn't remember what was in the one I’d had all those years before when I had pregnant brain, I created this one and it's become my go -to now. But what I did recall was the frozen strawberries because they were awesome AND they do double duty as ice cubes! I'm sure I'm pretty close to the original because this one is so good!
This simple non alcoholic punch with Gingerale, orange juice (5 Alive), sparkling water and frozen strawberries is easy, quick, only 4 ingredients. It's a kid friendly punch recipe that is perfect for family BBQ's, baby showers and birthday parties and loved by children and adults alike! 1 Weight Watchers point per serving on the blue plan!
Seriously... this is the ultimate party punch! It's got this champagne-like bubbly and fizzy thing happening and it's the perfect for kids. I serve it at all my kids' birthday parties and family BBQ's and it gets requested all the time. And, although it's non alcoholic, it's totally spikeable, if you so desire. But I’m more of a wine gal, so I’m perfectly happy to drink this punch sans alcohol (in between glasses of wine)!
💭 Punch Popsicles
Punch Leftovers reinvented! I'm all about reinventing leftovers so I made ice pops with my leftover punch and they were super yummy! I don't like waste and if you feel the same, follow my Leftovers Reinvented Board on Pinterest for more great leftover ideas.
So.... it was the spiked wedding punch
Yeah. So "oops..." I found out that the waiter did make a mistake and directed me to the wrong punch. And I was not very happy about that! But people make mistakes. Plus, it's not like drinking during pregnancy was a regular thing. No damage done. But it's just annoying when it's not your choice.
So, if you have a pregnant lady in your life, need a baby shower punch or you're just looking for drink recipes with Gingerale, look no further. And since punch is just one of my those drinks you need in your life because what other drink do you get to scoop out of a giant bowl? Then you'll LOVE this one!
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📋Sparkling Strawberry Party Punch Recipe
- ½ -2 litre bottle of sparkling water (lemon/lime flavour)
- 1 -2 litre bottle of gingerale
- 1 -295 ml container of 5 Alive juice
- 1 - 600 g package of frozen sliced strawberries
- Mix all ingredients together in a large punch bowl or pitcher. Add strawberries last (as they serve as the ice) and serve.
- Make ice pops with leftovers, if desired
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This recipe is part of the The Country Cook's Weekend Potluck!