Let’s visit 1955 and make fruit punch!

I do my own cooking. That is, I never buy frozen dinners and meals out are the exception, not the norm. Food is immensely important to me but I’m no gourmet. My dishes are simple. I have certain things I fix repeatedly (for instance, I make a fresh, healthy pizza every week). And as a mostly-vegetarian, I have lots of beans, grains, and pasta. I need something to jog me on occasion to try new recipes or get a bit more elaborate. So far as beverages, I drink far more water than anything else; I don’t drink sodas or buy fancy drinks.

When I saw the fruit punch recipe in a 1955 Home Making Digest, I got inspired. I have never made “punch” nor drank it much of anywhere (that boozy slop people used to mix together at parties I attended in my younger years was not punch no matter what anyone called it). Now here though, was a grown-up recipe I could make!
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I had all the ingredients on-hand except ginger ale which I bought. Looking at the soda’s ingredients, it was plenty apparent to me why I don’t buy it but for this once, I could make an exception. No way I was going to put in all that sugar; the ginger ale and orange juice would add the sweetness. The salt I could skip too. Instead of caffeinated black tea I used Celestial Seasonings Bengal Spice tea because it has more flavor than most herbal teas (which too often have the excitement and pizzazz of day-old laundry water). I forgot the mint – which I did have – but notice now that whoever wrote the instructions forgot it too, so oh well.

The result was… interesting. I liked it. Different but kicky! Next time I’ll make it with black tea.
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8 thoughts on “Let’s visit 1955 and make fruit punch!

  1. vanbytheriver

    Love these old cookbook treasures. Also…so agree with you on the cooking thing. Not sure when it happened, but I really struggle with the idea of going out to eat now. I prefer to know what is in my food !

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    1. writerinsoul Post author

      I know – when I eat out, I just have to suspend everything I’ve learned.

      The old cookbooks are fun but I look at all the sugar, shortening, cream, etc., that so many recipes include and cringe!

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  2. Tina

    Hilarious!! Who knew fruit punch contained tea? I suppose it only makes sense… packs a caffeinated “punch”. Knowing the origin of a thing can be so satisfying… like the closing of the drawn circle. Completeness thanks to teaness.

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    1. writerinsoul Post author

      The tea was a surprise! But it actually worked taste-wise.

      I know what you mean about learning and completeness. Only this week it came to me that cupboard must have started as cups on a board…

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