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Basic Tea Punch

Basic Tea Punch with lemon and sugar cubes

If using ginger ale, fresh is the best way to go in this Basic Tea Punch. Fresh means the ginger ale was made with no extracts or oils and pure cane sugar. Along with refreshment, ginger ale even provides iron, calcium and a little vitamin A and C. Enjoy!

Ingredients

2 cups strong freshly brewed tea
6 cups any fruit juice
2 cups chilled ginger ale or club soda
Sugar syrup to taste
Block of ice

Directions

Combine all ingredients and sweeten to taste.

Place ice in a punch bowl and pour the mixture over it.

Serve in 4-ounce punch glasses.

Nutrition Information

Recipe makes 10 to 12 cups.

Simple Syrup

There are several thicknesses or densities of simple syrup and they have different uses. The thickness depending on the ratio of water to sugar used. The one with more sugar will be more syrupy and sweeter. Follow the measurements listed in your recipe, or use these general guidelines:

  • Thin simple syrup - A ratio of 3 parts water to 1 part sugar - used to glaze cakes and cookies.
  • Medium simple syrup - A ratio of 2 parts water to 1 part sugar - used to make sweeten beverages and iced tea.
  • Thick simple syrup (basic simple syrup) - A ratio of 1 part water to 1 part sugar - This is used as the basis for cold fruit drinks and cocktails. Also used to make candied fruits.

Simple Syrup

Basic Simple Syrup Recipe

Determine which type of Simple Syrup you want to make. In a high-sided saucepan over medium-high heat, bring cold water and sugar to a boil. Turn the heat to low and stir constantly until the sugar dissolves completely and the mixture is clear, approximately 3 minutes. Remember - the longer you boil it, the thicker the syrup will be when cooled.

After boiling, let the syrup cool to room temperature, then pour into a tightly sealed, clean glass jar and store in the refrigerator (Any clean and sealable container can be used). The syrup can be refrigerated for up to 1 month. You can also stir in 1 tablespoon corn syrup to help ensure the syrup stays smooth.

Did you know?

September 20 is National Punch Day.

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