Coastal Citrus Punch
This refreshing punch can be made in a large glass jug and placed in a pail of ice for your summertime gathering. Place additional fruit and ice in glasses for a fun, decorative touch.
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2 medium lemons, sliced thin
3 oranges, sliced thin
1 lime, sliced thin
1 dozen green grapes cut in half
3 750-ml bottles off-dry white Riesling wine, chilled
2 pints fresh strawberries, hulled and halved
1 cup simple syrup (bottled)
1 cup lemon juice, fresh squeezed and chilled, 4 to 5 lemons
3 cups white grape juice
3 cups pineapple juice, chilled
4 cups sparkling water, chilled
Juice the lemons and oranges. Strain the juice.
At least 3 hours and up to 6 hours before serving, combine the syrup, lemon juice, grape juice, pineapple juice, wine and strawberries in a large bowl or pot. Chill in the refrigerator.
Just before serving, pour the punch into a large chilled punch bowl or glass bottle. Add the sparkling water and gently stir.
Serve punch over ice with additional cut fruit.
Toast the season with a flute of punch! This sparkling cocktail is crisp, refreshing and pretty to boot.