This margarita punch we served at a recent bridal shower is actually a mocktail! If you’re looking for a nonalcoholic option for a party, this is a winning choice. It’s easy and make ahead, and you can personalize it to fit your sweet tooth!
Since we were embracing the joyful green color, I wanted a green punch. If you ever search pinterest for “green punch,” nearly everything has lime sherbet in it. Hmm. Lime sherbet’s not my favorite, and our bride doesn’t love super-sweet things.
Finally, I came across this recipe. The irony wasn’t lost on me that I picked a nonalcoholic punch recipe based on a cocktail, but it fit in every other way, so why not??
First things first: you need an occasion. We grabbed our beautiful bride with a love of green and limes. You can use this for any party, or throw yourself a party just because it’s Thursday.
Easy ingredients, nothing too complicated.
After letting your concentrates melt a little, whisk them together with the sugar.
Make sure the sugar gets fully incorporated (aka no floaty blobs of powdered sugar). This takes a mix of good old elbow grease, and waiting to make sure it melts enough to take the sugar in.
Add the water! Then pour into a gallon bag and freeze until you’re party-ready.
A giant punch bowl works perfectly, but I really like putting it in pitchers. Makes self-service much less likely to get messy. If you go the pitcher route, it divides nicely into two average-sized ones once you add the sprite and ice.
To decide on the amount of sugar, think about how you like your margaritas. Or you lemonade, if that’s more your speed. The original recipe called for 1 cup. I thought that was way too much, but that’s because I like my margaritas with no extra sugar.
Bonus: If you do want to add some excitement, grab your favorite tequila. I leave the ratio in your capable hands.
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 12 oz frozen limeade concentrate
- 12 oz frozen lemonade concentrate
- 3 cups water
- 2 liters Sprite
- 2 limes
- tequila (optional)
- Let your concentrates melt in the fridge.
- Combine the lemon and lime concentrate in a large mixing bowl. Add the powdered sugar – I recommend sifting it first, this will make the whole process a little easier.
- Add the water and put the whole mixture into a gallon freezer bag. Freeze overnight.
- When you’re ready to serve, put the frozen mixture into a punch bowl or pitcher.
- Add the sprite (and tequila, if you want) and mix well. The texture should be slushy but combine fully with the Sprite. I always add ice to keep it cold for hours, and mix in lime slices.
This serves about 20 people, so for a big party consider doubling! Plus, it keeps in the freezer. I’m considering making this and keeping it in the freezer all summer long for those nights you just need a cocktail.
Enjoy! This may be my new go-to party drink!
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