4th of July Firecracker Punch

Liven up any bash with this tasty punch.

Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
Servings:
8

One of Test Kitchen pro and Hey Y'all host Ivy Odom's go-to treats growing up was Kool-Aid Blue Raspberry Lemonade mix. Ivy says that her Mama only let her buy the blue drink mix "on a few occasions, like when we stocked up for our annual Fourth of July beach vacation." This Fourth of July, Ivy is serving up a patriotic punch that channels the sweet-tart flavor of her favorite childhood drink, without any artificial dyes or flavors.

The holiday calls for a very special treat; take your barbecue to the next level this year with a patriotic punch that guests will rave about. "Although my Firecracker Punch won't give you a blue tongue, the recipe is my all-natural grown-up version of that classic summer drink. It's sweet, tart, slightly effervescent, and sure to please both old and young." This 4th of July punch is non-alcoholic, making it the perfect family-friendly barbecue beverage. Adults can feel free to spike their punch with a splash of vodka or gin. When making the punch, be sure to sift the berry powder, which gets rid of any large pieces or seeds. We suggest serving it with our Crispy Cereal-and-Berry Bars for the ultimate pairing.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups freeze-dried raspberries (1 [1.3-oz.] pkg.)

  • 1 ½ cups freeze-dried strawberries (from 2 [0.8-oz.] pkg.)

  • 1 (52-oz.) bottle refrigerated lemonade (6 ¾ cups, such as Simply Lemonade)

  • 2 cups chilled nonalcoholic ginger beer

  • Frozen fresh blueberries

  • Lemon slices

  • Ice

Directions

  1. Process raspberries and strawberries with a food processor until very finely ground and powdery, about 30 seconds. Sift berry powder through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl, and discard any large clumps.

  2. Measure ¼ cup berry powder into a ½-gallon (8-cup) pitcher, and reserve remaining berry powder for another use. Add lemonade and ginger beer to pitcher; whisk until powder is dissolved. Garnish punch with frozen blueberries and lemon slices. Serve immediately over ice. If mixture separates after sitting for a bit, stir punch before serving.

    4th of July Firecracker Punch
    Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Christine Keely
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