Gingered Lemon Punch

By • November 7, 2011 • 38 Comments


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Author Notes: When this contest was announced all I could think of was the punch my mom always made for her bridge club back in the 50s and 60s...a quart of whiskey, a bottle of wine, some dry gingerale, sugar and lots of lemon juice. I liked the idea of ginger and lemon but wanted to make a lighter one - and one with vodka since I'm really not much of a brown likker drinker. I started with my ginger syrup recipe from A Tribute to Woody and went from there..inpatskitchen

Food52 Review: Like cream soda for grownups, this gingery vanilla lemon punch will fill your guests (and perhaps more importantly, you) with cheer. You can even share some with the kids -- just use the leftover syrup for an aromatic ginger ale by mixing with seltzer. The lemony ice cubes are delightful and will solidify your reputation as the best host around. One warning -- the vodka does a great job of slipping into the punch unnoticed, so watch yourselves. - A&MA&M

Makes about 8 servings

Make the ice cubes the day before

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  1. Combine the lemon juice and water and freeze overnight in an ice cube tray.

For the ginger lemon syrup and putting it together

  • 1 cup peeled thinly sliced fresh ginger
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 12 ounces of your favorite vodka or lemon infused vodka, chilled
  • 1 liter chilled sparkling seltzer
  • The ice cubes
  • Thinly sliced lemons for garnish
  1. Combine the ginger, granulated sugar, brown sugar and water in a medium sauce pan, bring to a boil and then simmer until reduced to 2 cups. This should take 20 to 25 minutes or so. Strain , add the vanilla and cool. Once cooled, stir in the lemon juice and chill.
  2. In a punch bowl (or similar vessel), combine the syrup, seltzer and vodka. Add the ice cubes and garnish with a few lemon slices.

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about 1 month ago ksschapp

Made this for a party and even with a wider variety of cocktails to choose from, this was the first to disappear. I did augment the recipe slightly by upping the fresh lemon to 1/2 cup. I really wanted that lemon kick!

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about 1 month ago inpatskitchen

Thanks so much! So happy you and your guests enjoyed....and I LOVE the extra lemon kick!

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2 months ago lynn

Just made this for superbowl game I had to write it up and hand it out to my guess every one loved it.l only made half(it was just for the ladies, and a before game cocktail) so I half the recipe but did 8oz of vodka instead of 6 and I put the whole liter of seltzer and it went fast even some of the men had a glass should of done the full recipe,next time!Thanks for the recipe it's a keeper

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2 months ago inpatskitchen

So happy you all enjoyed! THANK YOU!!!

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over 1 year ago Robert Blim

I love ginger, lemon and vodka in anything! Thanks..

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over 1 year ago inpatskitchen

So hope you enjoy this. Thanks!!

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over 2 years ago Ms. T

Mmmmm! Love the home grown twist on gingerale punch. Nicely done :)

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thank you so much Ms T!!

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over 2 years ago Waverly

Congratulations on being a finalist. I think your ginger syrup in a cocktail would be delicious!

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Waverly...it really is! Thanks so much!

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over 2 years ago Bevi

Congrats on being a finalist! This sound really lovely.

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thank you Bevi...so honored to have been chosen a finalist!

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over 2 years ago ashleypiersonchasesdinner

Congratulations inpatskitchen! Can't wait to give this a try!!

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks.. I hope you enjoy!

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over 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Congratulatons, ipk! This sound really refreshing! You are truly the beverage queen :)

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks HLA! Who would know I'm a diet Squirt and white wine (mostly out of the box) drinker! (LOL)

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over 2 years ago Midge

Love lemon and ginger together. Congrats!!

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thank you Midge...the combination is wonderful!!

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over 2 years ago fiveandspice

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Congrats inpatskitchen! This sounds delicious. I love the lemon and ginger combo!

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks so much!

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over 2 years ago gingerroot

Congratulations!! What a lovely, refreshing punch. I look forward to trying and more importantly, enjoying. : )

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thank you gingerroot...watch out though..it can sneak up on you!

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over 2 years ago lorigoldsby

i was a fan of your "tribute to woody" ginger drink this summer! Can't wait to try this--i agree with your substitution of vodka for the brown "likker"--congrats on being a finalist!

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks so much! Yes, vodka is so much more "civilized" than let's say, bourbon which Tom loves and says is belligerent!((LOL)

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over 2 years ago boulangere

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Your lovely flavor combination caught my eye when you posted this recipe. Much deserved congratulations on being a finalist!

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks so much boulangere! Your comments are always so appreciated...

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over 2 years ago AntoniaJames

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We'll be serving this on Thanksgiving Day, with the light lunch we'll eat when we return from our (strenuous) hike on Mt. Tam. (We eat T-Day dinner in the evening on The Big Day.) This punch will be positively delightful!! ;o)

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Oh I hope you enjoy...daughter Jessa just e-mailed me requesting it for Thanksgiving also!

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over 2 years ago AntoniaJames

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Fabulous! Just love it. Congratulations!! ;o)

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks you so much AJ!

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over 2 years ago Panfusine

congratulations on the finalist pick Pat.. this sounds delicious!

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks Panfusine! It's nice and light and refreshing!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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Congratulations on being a finalist Pat, I love this punch!!!

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thank you sdebrango! I'm surprised and flattered

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over 2 years ago wssmom

Ahh, lovely, this will be on the table for the holiday open house!!!

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks!!! If you make it send me feed back please

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks so much sdebrango...it's light and refreshing...I keep having to edit though because I keep finding missing ingredients! Think it's all there now (LOL)

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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Wonderful, I love it!!