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Russian Punch by quornflour

I live in what I would refer to as a “Cup of Sugar” neighborhood. You know the sort, often missing from the landscape of today, where you can knock on your neighbors’ door while in the middle of baking and after realizing you are short sugar and get a cup of sugar.

I spend a fair amount of time with my neighbors. Once a month we have Neighbor Night. We get together and play cards, have a few drinks, snacks and talk about the goings on.

Regardless of whose house it is as, we all bring something to share. One week I was asked to bring a drink, so I figured I would make some vodka lemonade since it was one of the first warm nights of the season. I quickly realized that I didn’t have much ice, so I threw in frozen fruit that I had and blended it up and called it good.

My friend Lil’ who doesn’t drink much, loved it so much that the next time we were having Neighbor Night and I asked what I should bring she said I should bring “that Russian Punch”.

“Russian Punch?”

“Yes, the punch with the vodka.”

And so “Russian Punch” was born.

I guess one could argue that it similar to a daiquiri, but whatever, it is delicious whatever you call it.

All you need is:

  • 1 Can of frozen lemonade (save the can for measuring)
  • 1 ½ -2 Can worth of vodka
  • 2 Cans of frozen berries (mixed or just your one favorite)
  • ½ to 1 Can frozen peaches
  • ½ to 1 can fresh pineapple*
  • 1 fresh cut (or frozen mango)*
  • ½ to 1 can fresh watermelon*
  • 1 can of cold water
  • 1 can of ice

Stick it all in a blender and whirr it up until everything is blended. Serve cold.

Unless you want it REALLY sweet adding additional sugar is unnecessary since there is enough to go around in the lemonade and the fruits. You could serve this in a sugar rimmed glass though if you wanted to be all fancy about it.

*I like to cut up the watermelon, pineapple and mango and any other fruit (pears and apples are great in this) I might want to add beforehand so that it is nice and cold, just be careful if you do this to freeze flat to avoid having an iceberg that your blender can easily get through and will not heat up your beverage trying to pulverize.

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