Saturday, March 24, 2012

Pure White Punch for Celebrating the Sacraments

This past January our family celebrated the Sacraments of First Confession and First Holy Communion for two of our daughters, immediately followed by our new baby boy's Baptism.

I wanted to make a white punch to serve along with the Baptism and First Communion Cakes at the reception, since white is a symbol for purity.  I ended up modifying a recipe for White Holiday Punch from, cutting back on the amount of ice cream.  It was perfect!

Pure White Punch


1 cup water
2 cups sugar
1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
1 tablespoon almond extract
6 (2 liter) bottles carbonated lemon-lime beverage
2 (½ gallon) carton vanilla ice cream


Over medium heat, mix the sugar and water in a saucepan, stirring constantly until the sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat, add the evaporated milk and almond extract.   Chill until you are ready to serve your punch.  (I did this step the night before the big day.) 

When you are ready to serve the punch, combine the milk mixture and lemon-lime drink (I used 7-up) in a punch bowl.  Add the scoops of ice cream, and stir to break up the ice cream, incorporating it into the punch.

Note:  This makes a lot of punch, enough to fill my little punch bowl about 6 times.   It would have been easier to have a much larger bowl, but instead I just filled it with one liter of 7-up at a time, adding 1/6th of the milky mixture, and then finishing it with 1/3 of a carton of vanilla ice cream.  

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  1. OH, my gosh, that looks good, I'm going to have to try this for Our special day coming in May!

  2. This punch was delicious. The recipe is easy. Just keep in mind that when you add the ice cream to the punch there will be a great fizzing and foaming and this will increase the volume of the contents of the punch bowl. Enjoy!

  3. I am looking for a First Holy Communion punch that is white (read...won't stain a lovely white First Communion dress!). I am so glad you posted this.

  4. I'm a Baptist, and I think we would love it too!!!!!!

  5. Yay love this!! We used it for our little guy a few weeks ago. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Thank you for sharing this recipe! We just tried it for the first time at our son's First Holy Communion party. It is very easy to make and we heard lots of compliments on the punch from adults and children. Refreshing and delicious! It makes lots of punch! We only needed to refill the punch bowl twice with about 40 people (several had second and third helpings) and we had enough leftover to make 4 more batches. (We waited to serve it after lunch with the cake.) One tip, a potato masher worked great to quickly break up/mix in the ice cream.