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!
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.