Summer coolers – Bring a unique punch to the party

Beverage DispenserHere are some great recipes for summer punches. You’ll be a hit at the next gathering with these cool recipes….

Raspberry-Lime Rickey
A refreshing, fruity spin on this lime-based cocktail. Add some gin, rum or vodka for the real deal.

You Will Need:
2 Cups unsweetened frozen raspberries
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1/4 Cup sugar
16 oz seltzer

Instructions:
Combine frozen raspberries, lime juice, sugar and seltzer in a blender.
Blend until smooth.
Remove blender container from stand and shake it; blend again.
Serve immediately.

Copper Beverage TubHoneydew Punch
For the best taste, choose perfectly ripe melon.

You Will Need:
4 Cups cubed, seeded honeydew melon
1 Cup store-bought sugar-free lemonade
3 Kiwi fruits, peeled and chopped
1 1/3 Cups unsweetened white grape juice

Instructions:
Place the melon chunks and 1/2 cup lemonade in a large blender; cover and blend until smooth.
Pour through a strainer into a large pitcher to remove any pulp and solids.
Place the remaining 1/2 cup lemonade and chopped kiwis in the blender; cover and blend until smooth.
Again, pour through the strainer into a large pitcher*.
Add the white grape juice, stir well, and refrigerate at least 2 hours or up to 3 days. Serve over ice.

*Note: Alternatively, you can place all the melon, lemonade and chopped kiwi in a very large food processor fitted with the chopping blade, and process until smooth. Pour through a strainer into a large pitcher, then proceed with step 3.

Galvanized Beverage TubPomegranate Cooler
Pomegranate juice may be the first and biggest food find of this century. And no wonder: It’s tart, full of vitamin C and loaded with antioxidants. Here, it becomes a refreshing summer drink, great after a bike ride or a workout.

You Will Need:
1 1/2 Cups unsweetened pomegranate juice
1/4 Cup lime juice
2 Tbsp grenadine syrup
1 Quart sugar-free raspberry-flavored seltzer

Instructions:
Combine the pomegranate juice, lime juice and grenadine in a large pitcher. (The cooler can be made ahead to this point up to 3 days in advance. Store, covered, in the refrigerator.)
Gently stir in the raspberry seltzer.
Serve over ice.

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