Champagne Punch

  • Yield 16 servings

Great make-ahead beverage. Just mix everything except the champagne and rum and chill until ready to serve.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup strong black tea
1 1/2 cups orange juice
Thinly sliced zest of 2 lemons
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 cup light or dark rum
1 (750ml) bottle Champagne, chilled
Orange slices for garnish
sprig mint for garnish

Instructions

  1. Dissolve the sugar in the tea in a pitcher. Add the orange juice, lemon zest, lemon juice and rum. Chill, covered, in the refrigerator.
  2. Pour rum mixture and Champagne over ice in a punch bowl at serving time.
  3. Garnish with fresh orange slices and mint sprigs.

Recipe reprinted with permission from the Junior League of Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Iowa, First Impressions, Dining with Distinction (the Junior League of Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Iowa, Inc., 2001).

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