The Best Punch Ever, Hands Down!

Many years ago, my mom, Mama Gabe, did a reception for my cousin’s senior piano recital. (The man has mad skills.) Anyway, she made this punch. TO DIE FOR! I have never been a punch person because it all has soda and I am one of a tiny minority of people who cannot stand carbonation. But this recipe had so much fruit in it that I could eat the “mash” (non-soda part) by itself, like Italian ice. This is no three-ingredient wonder, not that there’s anything wrong with those kinds. But oh my goodness, is it worth the effort. It is now a staple of our Yuletide season and I will never make another.


Mama Gabe’s Citrus Slush Punch



6 C water

4 C sugar


1 (12 oz) can frozen orange juice

1 (6 oz) can frozen lemonade

1 (46 oz) can pineapple juice

 In a blender or food processor, combine:

2 lemons (juice only)

3 pureed bananas

24 oz frozen strawberries

 Combine both mixtures.

 When ready to serve, mix with: 

 5 liters of Diet 7-Up or other lemon-lime soda


Package 8 cups of mash in gallon Ziplock bags. Double bag them.

Place them in the freezer on a flat surface.  Don’t put them directly on the wire shelving. I use scraps of foam board to separate the bags and to line the shelves. Stack no more than three high.

When they are frozen, store them vertically. 

To Serve:

Let the mash thaw until slushy. Otherwise, it will take too long, making for very weak punch. Add 1, 2-liter bottle per Ziplock of punch mash.


While I was making the mash yesterday, I was thinking I would give you a tip about being careful not to spill this because it makes such a sticky mess. Once I stacked the bags too high and some fell off the counter onto the floor. (By the way, I make a triple recipe every year.) Thinking I was beyond such errors, as I was putting these bags in the freezer this time, one of the Ziplocks was not sealed properly…Gush! Then I went to pick up another bag…GUSH! Yes, in the freezer. Yes, all over the floor. Did you read the ingredients? Sugar, sugar, and more sugar! This year’s lessons are to double bag AND to double check the seals. UGH!