Ginger Punch

Temps des Fêtes 2005
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food and drink

BY: Jennifer McLagan

This non-alcoholic punch is a good alternative to serve at a holiday gathering. It can be made in advance - just add the ice and ginger ale before serving.

½ cup (125 mL) sugar
5 oz water
2 tbsp (25 mL) finely diced fresh ginger
¾ cup (175 mL) orange juice
⅓ cup (75 mL) freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ orange, thinly sliced
½ lemon, thinly sliced
¼ English cucumber, thinly sliced
2 cups (500 mL) ice
4 cups (1 L) ginger ale

1. Place the sugar, water and ginger in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. When the sugar is dissolved, boil the syrup for 1 minute. Remove from the heat, cover and let stand for 20 minutes. Strain, pressing on ginger to extract all the flavour, then allow to cool.

Makes about ¾ cup (175 mL) syrup

2. Pour the syrup and the orange and lemon juices into a large pitcher. Add the sliced orange, lemon and cucumber, then the ice and ginger ale, stir and serve.

Makes 8 cups (2 L)