Strawberry Ginger Punch

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Punch bowls always make me think of school dances. Although I never went to a school dance that had a punch bowl. It seems like something one only sees in movies. Did you ever have a punch bowl at a dance? Somehow I don’t think Boys II Men & punch bowls mix well. Funky Cold Medina? Yes. Now we’re talking.

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I’ve always wanted a punch bowl. I’m actually on the look-out for one. But when I read this recipe for Strawberry Ginger Punch and when they suggested using a big vase as a punch bowl I thought…WHOA. GENIUS. I also had all of the ingredients at home to make this punch but was missing Brandy…so I used vodka instead! Vases for punch bowls. Vodka for Brandy. We’re improvising!

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With the strawberries, ginger & basil I’m sure gin would also make a good substitute. Bubbly seltzer finishes this sweet/herbal drink off to make it more of a spritzer! It’s such a refreshing drink! Perfect for summertime. Perfect for school dances? Hmm. I might be guilty of spiking (my own) punch bowl…And if you’re not into spiked punches, you could totally make this without the booze. Just watch your back…someone might have a hidden flask…

And we’re off!

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First we make the strawberry ginger syrup. Water, strawberries, sugar & ginger go into a pot.

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You heat it up until the strawberries get soft.

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Then you pour the syrup over a mesh strainer & BAM. Strawberry ginger syrup. Look at that color. Gorg.

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The next step is the MUDDLE. A muddler is an essential bar tool. You use it mostly for mojitos!

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We’re gonna muddle the rest of the ginger, strawberries, lime juice & basil.

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Add in your vodka.

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Add in the strawberry basil syrup.

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Let the mixture sit & develop flavors in the fridge. Now strain into your punch bowl.

 

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Pour in the seltzer water.

Stir in reserved strawberry slices & some fresh basil. I added lime slices to mine! Add in ice cubes!

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Serve up!

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Such pretty cocktails.

 

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Now let’s listen to the Cranberries and dance all awkward to Linger…just like we did at Homecoming.

I’m speaking for myself (kinda).

Strawberry Ginger Punch

makes 6 drinks

recipe adapted from Bon Appetit Magazine

    • 1/3 cup sugar
    • 12 ounces fresh strawberries, hulled, halved or quartered if large (about 3 cups), divided
    • 1 3-inch piece ginger, peeled, thinly sliced, divided
    • 1/2 cup (packed) fresh basil leaves, divided
    • 1 1/2 cups vodka
    • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
    • 2 12-ounce cans seltzer water

Combine sugar, 1/2 cup strawberries, half of ginger, and 1/3 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until berries soften, about 3 minutes. Let cool. Strain and set syrup aside.

Muddle 2 cups strawberries, 1/4 cup basil, and remaining ginger in a large jar or bowl. Add vodka, lime juice, and reserved syrup and stir to combine. Chill at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours to let flavors meld.

Strain mixture into a large punch bowl, pressing on solids to release as much liquid as possible.

Add seltzer and remaining 1/2 cup strawberries and 1/4 cup basil. Serve over ice.

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  • June 12, 2013

    Pinned! I need this! I love it!

    Strawberry ginger syrup. And a reference to Funky Cold Medina. In the same post. Brilliant! This would have been a dream come true at a school dance :)

  • This sounds like the perfect summer drink for girls night! Love this idea!

  • Jenna
    June 12, 2013

    This almost makes me want to pay $7 for a tiny punnet of strawberries, waaah, better add this to the “make when it’s summer again over here” list.. Love the basil in it, would be tempted to try it with mint too

  • This looks so pretty and refreshing. That vase/punch bowl is gorgeous!

  • June 12, 2013

    So pretty! This is such an awesome punch! I must make it minus the vodka!

  • June 12, 2013

    Oh the colors! I believe I may have to add some muddling and punch making to my agenda.

    • Tracy
      June 12, 2013

      muddle away!!!! It’s such a good stress reliever.

  • strawberry and ginger sounds like a great combo and pretty color of this drink is inviting me.

  • June 12, 2013

    I never went to a dance with a punch bowl because I never went to a dance. What?! I know. I was deprived (but really, was I? Perhaps I was spared a really awkward ritual during a really awkward life phase).
    Anywho, my school just didn’t have dances. Instead, we all got together and threw dinner parties. in high school. because we were THAT cool.

    Moving on. This punch looks amazing, and would be great at a summer dinner party. (But not a high school one, because that’s illegal…)

    • Tracy
      June 12, 2013

      You didn’t miss out. Trust.

  • June 12, 2013

    It is weird to love a drink for the colors alone? I’m totally going to make this with gin, since vodka turns my husband into a sad-panda.

    • Tracy
      June 12, 2013

      Sad panda??? Oh noes! Wine makes me weepy. Weepy wine!

  • June 12, 2013

    I love how your punch bowl looks like a giant cocktail glass. How appropriate! :) Strawberry and ginger sounds like the perfect punch combination too.

  • June 12, 2013

    Mmm this looks so good!

  • June 12, 2013

    Such a pretty drink! I want it. I want a punch bowl, too. I’ve seen where you can flip your cake stand dome over onto the base and use it as a punch bowl.. but I’ve never actually done it. I always just go for a pitcher.

  • June 12, 2013

    Oh, HELL yeah! Love this recipe – can’t wait to try it – you rock!

  • Stacey
    June 12, 2013

    When I saw the first picture on Pinterest today, I had no inkling this was your recipe! The awesome-ness and fun awesome booze combos should’ve clued me in, though. I think it was the white that got me. Way to keep things amazing and fun and different, and keep me on my toes! You never, ever disappoint.

    • Tracy
      June 12, 2013

      keeping you on your toes with my white background!! I’m glad you figured out it was me :)

  • June 12, 2013

    that vase turned punchbowl is the bomb-diggs. amazing!

  • June 12, 2013

    This makes me want to have a party – even if it’s just for 1! haha Gorgeous photos!!

  • Jessica
    June 12, 2013

    I was stalking antique and thrift stores last summer to find an old cut glass punch bowl – love the contrast of it with all my other dishes. The vase is a great substitute until you find one you like!

  • June 12, 2013

    But…do you have to? Do you have to? Do you have to let it linnngeeerrr… Aw jeez, Tracy. It’s SOOO in my head now. I would say I should drink some of this fab looking punch to forget, but I fear that will only make me sing louder and perpetuate much more awkward dance moves.

    • Tracy
      June 12, 2013

      I think that means you SHOULD.

  • June 12, 2013

    I made something like this but non-alcoholic for the kids at a recent 1 year old bday party. It was a total hit!

  • June 13, 2013

    Just make sure that vase isn’t leaded. Love the punch idea. Can’t wait to try it.

  • June 13, 2013

    I’m totally making this for my book club next week…and it will be spiked, because book club without booze is no.fun. I love the gin idea too…

  • June 13, 2013

    This looks super refreshing. I’m really going nuts over the colour combinations you used, too. :)

  • fusilliamy
    June 13, 2013

    *YouTubes Linger, dusts out vase, muddles*

    LOVE the bright white in this post. Werk.

  • Sonia
    June 16, 2013

    I made this! Delish. Overdid it on the vodka of course, but it was great. Thanks for sharing :)

  • Mary B
    June 19, 2013

    I’m going to try this with Joy’s ginger syrup I bought at her Pop up Shop with Bottle Stock!

    • Tracy
      June 19, 2013

      Fantastic idea!

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