A Summery Strawberry Punch for Juneteenth

updated Jun 19, 2020
Juneteenth
Strawberry Punch

This sparkling, slightly sweet punch is loaded with strawberry flavor. It's the perfect way to cool off from the summer heat.

Serves12 to 16

Makesabout 3 1/3 quarts

Prep10 minutes

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In my family, Juneteenth was always celebrated in combination with Father’s Day and the June birthdays of several family members. I have great memories of my family gathering together, usually in the backyard, with each person bringing their favorite food item or drink to share. 

I fondly remember the men of my family gathering around the grill, catching up on whatever was going on in their lives and arguing about how to properly start the grill. The women were more spread out, making sure everything was ready for the day’s celebration, with my mother in particular running around handling last-minute preparations and creating any necessary ‘day-of’ food items. Us kids would play freeze tag, or whatever game we could come up with to keep us occupied until it was time to eat. The elders sat in a chair in the shade, watching, having their own side conversations.

Once it was finally time to eat, a long table would be lined with classic soul food dishes, various barbecue meats, traditional cake recipes, and most importantly, a classic red drink to wash it all down. It’s no secret that red drinks are a staple at many Juneteenth gatherings — the color itself has significant meaning. In my family, the red drink of choice has always been a serving of strawberry punch. 

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A Sparkling Strawberry Punch for Summer

This recipe pulls together a few simple ingredients — pineapple juice, lemon juice, fresh or frozen strawberries, and ginger ale — mixes them together, and serves them over ice. It’s loaded with strawberry flavor, slightly sweet, and the perfect way to cool off from the summer heat. 

Traditionally my family would serve this in a glass punch bowl with additional freshly sliced strawberries for garnish. However, this punch is great for storing in a pitcher in the refrigerator, so you can pour yourself a glass whenever it’s needed.

Strawberry Punch

This sparkling, slightly sweet punch is loaded with strawberry flavor. It's the perfect way to cool off from the summer heat.

Prep time 10 minutes

Makes about 3 1/3 quarts

Serves 12 to 16

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 2 (16-ounce) packages

    frozen strawberries, thawed, or 2 pounds fresh strawberries

  • 1 (46-ounce) can

    100% pineapple juice, chilled

  • 1 cup

    freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 1 quart

    (4 cups) ginger ale, chilled

  • Ice

Instructions

  1. Chop 2 pounds strawberries and place in a punch bowl, drink dispenser, or pitcher that holds at least 4 quarts or a gallon. Add 1 (46-ounce) can pineapple juice and 1 cup lemon juice. Just before serving, stir in 1 quart ginger ale and ice. Serve chilled.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container up to 3 days.

Ingredient/Equipment Variation: You can substitute lemon-lime soda for the ginger ale. For a smoother punch, blend the strawberries into a purée before adding them to the punch.

Credit: LaKita Anderson

LaKita Anderson is a blogger, foodie, family/self-taught baker, and food photographer. She cooks, writes, and takes photos of delicious food on her food blog, Simply LaKita, in sunny Northwest Florida. Follow her on Instagram at @simplylakita.