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Toast the holiday

Jennie Miller wanted some non-alcoholic beverage recipes for a family reunion. Dave Highlands gets rave reviews for his pina colada punch. For those wanting to spice it up a bit, put a bottle of rum close by so adults can do so. Norma Thoma shares a recipe that can easily be adapted for any size party, and Bill Henry offers another fruit punch.

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DRINKS

Pina Colada Punch

1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream, softened

1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple

1 (8-ounce) can coconut cream

1 (46-ounce) can pineapple juice

1 (2-liter) bottle lemon-lime carbonated beverage

- In a large plastic container, combine ice cream, crushed pineapple, coconut cream and pineapple juice. Mix well and slowly stir in the lemon lime soda. Freeze for a few hours or until slushy.

Serves 30.

Source: Dave Highlands, St. Petersburg

DRINKS

Fruit Punch

2 large cans frozen pink lemonade

1 large can frozen limeade

1 large bottle Ocean Spray Cranapple juice, chilled

Sliced fruit, such as kiwi, lemons, limes, oranges

1 liter Canada Dry ginger ale

- Put ice in a large punch bowl. Add frozen pink lemonade. Use empty can and add 2-1/2 cans water. Add frozen limeade and 2-1/2 cans water. Add the cranapple juice and stir. Add fruit slices.

- Add ginger ale just before serving.

Source: Norma Thoma, Spring Hill

DRINKS

Tropicana Pink Punch

2 (6-ounce) cans frozen concentrated pineapple juice

1 (6-ounce) can frozen concentrated pink lemonade

1 (6-ounce) can frozen concentrated orange juice

9-3/4 cups water

-1/2 cup lemon juice

2 cups superfine sugar

1 liter chilled club soda or seltzer

Maraschino cherries

Pineapple slices

Strawberries

Lime slices

- Thaw frozen pineapple juice, lemonade and orange juice; combine in large container. Add water, lemon juice and sugar; stir until sugar dissolves. Chill well.

- Add club soda. Pour into punch bowl with block or ring of ice. With toothpicks, fix cherries into centers of pineapple slices. Float fruit on punch.

Makes about 30 one-cup servings.

Source: Bill Henry

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