DIY: Pretty Up Your Punch
With summer just around the corner, it’s a perfect time to bust out the punch bowl. Since there are so many delicious drinks to mix up for the summer season, I wanted to show an easy way to pretty up your drinks for summer entertaining. For this example, I used a classic lemonade mix.
- 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice, strained
- 8 cups cold water (to dilute)
- Simple Syrup mix: 2 cups sugar, dissolved into 1.5 cups boiling water; cooled
Additionally, you will need:
- Bundt pan
- Mix of fresh, edible flowers (I used violas)
- Ice cube tray
- Punch bowl
Juice and strain your lemons, then mix with water to dilute. Once the simple syrup has cooled (and thickened), add to your lemonade and stir to mix. Using a bundt pan, place a handful of your flowers in the pan and fill about halfway (approx. 3 cups) with lemonade. Freeze overnight.
Do the same for your ice-cube tray, placing a flower in each cube. Freeze overnight. As you’ll see, it’s best to put the flowers face-up in the tray.
Once your ice is set, run the bottom of the bundt pan under hot water. The lemonade ice ring should easily come out. Place your ice ring into your punch bowl and add in the remainder of your lemonade mix. Place the ice cubes into individual glasses and serve.