Punch tips for your parties

Serving size: an average serving is about 1/2 cup

Chill all ingredients for cold punches before mixing. Fruit juices and spices may be mixed ahead and refrigerated, but soft drinks and alcohol should be added just before serving. An ice ring in a punch bowl will last longer than ice cubes – be sure the size of the ice ring will fit the punch bowl. To keep a rich flavor and not dilute the punch, make the ice ring is made from the same juices that are in the punch, adding colorful fruits if desired.

For hot punches, be sure the punch bowl is heat-resistant, and warm it by rinsing with hot water before adding the punch. Hot punches also can be served in an attractive saucepan right from the stove or in a fondu pot, chafing dish or slow cooker.

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