I was asked to participate in the #USCranberries program, sponsored by the Cranberry Marketing Committee. Although I have been compensated, all opinions expressed are my own.
It’s summertime, which to me means time to break out the fruity treats and eats. With temperatures in the upper 90s and low 100s, I don’t like to turn on the oven or hardly eat anything hot. Cool and refreshing is where it’s at, and how can you deny a beautiful bowl of brightly colored berries? Eat ’em plain or toss them in a fun beverage or recipe. Because I spent this past weekend moving my kids and me to a new city, I decided to throw ourselves a going away party before we left. It was hot out, the kids swam, we had a bounce house, my dad barbecued and I rose to the occasion with an amazing Cranberry Pineapple Punch with Sherbet. I know my friends and I can’t deny a truly tasty drink, and the combination of flavors in this punch, with a focus on cranberries was divine. I kid you not, everyone who had a taste (or cup after cup in some instances) was begging me to post the recipe. Who am I to deny everyone the chance at getting to partake in deliciousness?
Isn’t this Cranberry Pineapple Punch so pretty? The cranberries create such a nice tart flavor without being overwhelming when paired with pineapple juice and ginger ale. The sherbet just adds some really fun color, chill and spunk. The cool thing about the cranberries is that they don’t sink in the punch, which makes for great presentation. Important when it comes to hosting a party! Adding America’s superfruit to your next party can be easy with this punch. Or, if you’d like to turn this into a tasty Cranberry Sorbet instead of a beverage, give this 4th of July Cranberry Sorbet recipe a try.
If you end up with any remaining punch (not likely), I recommend putting it into a plastic container and freezing for a hot day when you just need a little treat to cool you down. Get more cranberry recipe and party inspiration from USCranberries and Party Blu Prints. Best of all, join me for the #USCranberries Twitter Party on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, where you will be eligible to win prizes, get great cranberry ideas and have fun conversation! I’m always down for a fun party where I can come away with ideas and maybe even prizes! I hope to tweet with you there!
Here are the details:
#USCranberries Twitter Party
Date: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Time: 8:30 – 9:30 pm EST
Panelists: @SurfnSunshine, @CleverHousewife, @PlayPartyPin, @MeyersStyles, @1momof5, @TheRebelChick
Special Guests: @USCranberries
Prizes: 2 (two) winners will receive a $25 Amex gift card and CMC Tabletop Cookbook, 1 (one) winner will receive a $50 Amex gift card, 1 (one) winner will receive a 9-Speed Digital Display Hand Mixer and 1 (one) winner will receive a $100 Amex gift card.
- 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
- 1/4 cup sugar or more depending on tartness desired.
- 2-4 Tbs water
- 1/4 cup more cranberries to float in punch
- 1 can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
- 1 can frozen cranberry apple juice concentrate, thawed
- 32 oz pineapple juice
- 2 liters ginger ale
- 1 quart raspberry sherbet
- In a small saucepan make a puree with 1 cup cranberries, the sugar and a few Tbs of water over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Mash with a fork or potato masher to infuse the cranberries and create a chunky puree. Remove from heat.
- Pour frozen concentrates and cranberry mixture into a large punch bowl and stir until combined. Do not add water.
- Add pineapple juice and ginger ale to punch bowl and mix.
- Using a cookie scoop (or small ice cream scoop), drop scoops of sherbet on top of punch. Top with remaining cranberries, sprinkled throughout the punch.
- Serve and enjoy! This punch will have your guests asking for the recipe!