Green Juice Punch

I suppose there are worst reasons than color to pick a recipe but I was looking for a Christmas green and red punch recipe with natural ingredients. Mom had one of those classic recipes,  a wonderful lime punch but I couldn't find it. Besides, as I recall it had a lot of soft drinks and I wanted something using more natural ingredients including honey. 

This one also has lime sherbert, not always easy to find in December so double-check that you can find some before counting on making this for a special event.

For one large bowl of Christmas Juice Punch:

1 large can pineapple juice

2 cans thawed orange juice

1/2 cup honey

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 bottle club soda

Lime sherbert 

Cherry ice cream (optional)

To make, combine orange juice, pineapple juice, honey and lemon juice. Before measuring out honey, spray measuring cup with coating so honey comes out easily. Mix well. 

When ready to serve, add scoops of lime sherbert. Pour club soda over it all slowly because it will fizzle. 

 My beekeeping friends Cheryl, left, and David, right, "volunteered" to keep the punch bowl filled at a neighborhood Christmas open house in 2015. Tough duty!

My beekeeping friends Cheryl, left, and David, right, "volunteered" to keep the punch bowl filled at a neighborhood Christmas open house in 2015. Tough duty!

This recipe originally called for cherry ice cream and cherries but cherries fell to the bottom and were lost in the presentation. Fun to scoop them out later when I was cleaning the punch bowl but a bit of a waste in terms of adding a holiday splash of color.

This batch had a good 10 cups leftover after an afternoon drop-in for 25 people.

I have to confess, I drank my share. It was really good and would make an excellent green punch for St. Patrick's Day March 15, another big day for our local campus Missouri University of Science and Technology. It used to be an engineering-focused campus with St. Patrick, the patron saint of engineers. The St. Patrick's Day festivities live on.

Charlotte