I’m not sure I remember when I heard about my first Friendsgiving, but I have always been a HUGE fan. In the same way that Thanksgiving focuses on gratitude and togetherness, Friendsgiving provides the added element of gathering your closest friends for a literal celebration of your FRIENDSHIP. How great is that?
I’m realizing that this concept just gets more and more steam- both in the world around me and in my own every day life. Just in the last few weeks I’ve been part of: a new monthly whiskey tasting tradition at work, a hiking/biking/brunching extravaganza with almost forty other ladies at a sweet friend’s new farm, and my own Friendsgiving plans for next weekend: a sparkling wine party where everyone brings their favorite bottle. (We’re making all the fixings too.)
Izze wanted to inspire us gather our loved ones together by sending over some of their sparkling juice and I thought it’d be perfect for a big jug of punch! Punch is such a party necessity- it’s perfect for expecting moms/kids/those who are skipping the alcohol, provides a break between cocktails, and is, well, delicious. This punch is sweet and tart thanks to bright citrus flavors that ALSO make it extra colorful; scroll down for the recipe!
In addition to your Izze Sparkling Grapefruit Juice, you’ll need to pick up some good quality limeade and ginger ale/beer (non-alcoholic). Don’t cut corners here!
I like to have my drinks all chilled before making the punch- this cuts down on the ice you’ll need to add and helps ensure your punch doesn’t get too watered down.
- 4 bottles Izze Sparkling Grapefruit Juice
- 3 cups ginger ale/beer
- 3 cups limeade (preferably sparkling limeade)
- 2 grapefruits
- 4 limes
- Slice one grapefruit and two limes. Place slices in the bottom of your drink dispenser.
- Pour all liquid ingredients over the fruit slices and stir gently.
- Slice and cut remaining grapefruit/limes and add to glasses as garnish.
- In addition to using cold beverages, you can opt to add ice to each glass before serving instead of to the drink dispenser. I prefer this method!
Since recipe-testing punch involves a LOT of… punch, well, I had to get plenty of people to help me polish it off. My nieces were big fans and asked that I make sure we have this recipe at Thanksgiving too. I mean, IF THEY INSIST.
I’m pretty surprised they didn’t also recommend the institution of Niecegiving. (Not a bad idea, come to think of it.)
Tell me all about your Friendsgiving plans! What are you making? And are you also bringing the punch? 🙂
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