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Jungle Juice

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Jungle Juice
Jungle Juice
This image courtesy of Patrick Onofre

Editor's Note: Let's face it. When you're hosting a big party, you may not want to spend time mixing a drink for each guest. What's a busy host or hostess to do? Serve this Jungle Juice recipe, of course! This alcoholic drink recipe is super easy to make (it only has four steps!) and can be mixed up in no time. All you need to do is serve the Jungle Juice in an elegant punch bowl that is complete with pretty slices of fresh fruit on top, and you're ready for the party. Jungle Juice can be served year-round, but it is especially refreshing in summer. If you've always wanted to learn how to make Jungle Juice, then this recipe makes it easy to put it all together. 

Parties are a great time to try new drink recipes. When my friend Drew turned twenty-one, I wanted to throw him a surprise party. He insisted that he didn’t want anything special and that it wasn’t that important to him. I brainstormed with one of Drew’s close friends-we decided to have it at Billy’s house on a weekday that wasn’t Drew’s actual birthday so Drew wouldn’t suspect anything.

That night about ten friends came over and started to prepare. About nine p.m., Billy called Drew and invited him to come over and hang out. Nearly an hour later, Drew arrived at Billy’s darkened living room. We turned on the lights and everyone jumped up, shouting, “Happy birthday!”

For the cake decoration, I chose an album cover from one of Drew’s favorite hip-hop groups, Souls of Mischief. He was overjoyed. For drinks, we made Jungle Juice, a mixture of assorted juices and vodka. Before the party, we poured the vodka in the punchbowl and then filled the empty vodka bottles with water and froze them. When the party started, we put the entire frozen bottles of water into the punchbowl, using them as large ice cubes. The punchbowl looked colorful and creative.

CostModerate

Easy

One Pot MealYes

Occasional Fresco, Buffet, Casual Dinner Party, Cocktail Party

Recipe CourseBeverage

Five Ingredients or LessYes

MoodFestive

Taste and TextureFruity

Type of DishAlcoholic Beverage, Beverage, Punch

Ingredients

  • 4 limes
  • 4 oranges
  • 1 750-ml bottle vodka
  • 1 64-oz bottle cranberry juice
  • 1 32-oz bottle pineapple juice

Instructions

  1. If you would like to add frozen vodka bottles as ice cubes, fill the bottles about three quarters with water and put in freezer for two hours. Don’t fill the water all the way, because water expands when frozen. When the recipe is done, add the bottles to the punchbowl.

  2. Slice the limes into thin rounds.

  3. Slice the oranges into thin rounds.

  4. Mix the vodka and juices in a large punchbowl. Float the fruit on top.

More Easy Punch Recipes to Try

If you want to add even more variety to your next soiree, then making a bowl of punch is in order. With these easy punch drinks at your fingertips, you can create a new drink for any event all year. From a holiday-themed beverage that will warm you up to a light and delightful punch, these recipes will be perfect for any occasion. We've even included a few non-alcoholic punch recipes, too! To keep the punch from getting diluted, consider making a smaller batch of the recipe in advance, then freezing it in ice cubes the day before the party. Simply drop the ice cubes in the punch when you're ready to party!

Crimson Christmas PunchThis non-alcoholic beverage will be a great way to spread holiday cheer! This four-ingredient punch drink is almost too easy to make.

* Fast Fruit Punch: Here is another non-alcoholic beverage to share with family and friends. Summer nights are the perfect excuse to make this beverage!

* Planter’s PunchAre you having a party? Then this adults-only punch needs to be on your list. You'll love the combination of rum with orange juice and more.

* Rum PunchTurn your porch into an island retreat when you make this adults-only punch! You can serve this recipe any time.

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