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Please send your best non alcoholic punch recipe that adults can spike with bourbon or rum.

We have some adults who abstain from alcohol and teenagers too who would like a festive drink. I have a gorgeous punch bowl from the 1920s that belonged to my great aunt...I want to use it!

asked by Stephanie G 13 days ago

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Emma Laperruque
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added 13 days ago

Hi Stephanie! Excited to see people's answers for this one. This shrub looks great for an autumn gathering; and I bet it would be wonderful with bourbon, too: https://food52.com/recipes...

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Nancy
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added 13 days ago

@Stephanie -
This is a flavor & serving note, not a recipe.
Get a tried and true Kentucky Derby punch recipe (for the bourbon) or Cuban recipe (for the rum).
The first will point you in the direction of apple or citrus, the second toward tropical fruits.
Make up the punch, leaving out the liquor.
Then have the bartender offer the rum or bourbon to them as wants it.
Then, offer top-quality cream soda or vanilla soda to finish the non-alcohol drinks. That will give them the caramel notes otherwise coming from the alcohols, and the bubbles will set a festive mood.
Also, to distiguish the two, maybe serve eachbit it's own (rented/plastic glass):
Coupes or flutes for fizzy non-alcohol punch.
Old-fashioned glasses for Kentucky Derby or Old Havana punch.


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Miss Karen
added 13 days ago

Equal parts orange juice, pineapple juice and cranberry juice. Then, you can add ginger ale or alcohol as desired.

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Stephanie G
added 13 days ago

These are great ideas! Thank you so much! I will report back after the party!

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Ella Quittner
added 3 days ago

Sounds so festive, I love a vintage punch bowl! Apple cider + sparkling water + a shrub would be nice.

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