Shared by a friend many years ago, this is the “punch” I serve most often.
It’s lemony, but not lemonade. It’s not just lemon water, either. With a hint of vanilla, it’s delicious. I’ve never served it to anyone who didn’t like it. It’s clear in color so I never have to worry about spills. It’s easy to make and I try to keep all the ingredients on hand. The only thing I usually need to add to my shopping list is a couple of lemons. I’m not kidding when I say that my family LOVES this drink.
That said, here’s the recipe.
2 Tb. Citric Acid*
1 Tb. Lemon extract
2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
5 quarts water
In a punch bowl or other large container, combine water and sugar. Add citric acid, lemon extract and vanilla. Mix together. Add ice and lemon slices. Serve and enjoy! When I am making this for guests, I usually make 1.5 batches.
Note: Citric Acid is a product that can be purchased in some pharmacies. However, I have found that I can get it for less money online. A good source I’ve found is the San Francisco Herb Company. Simply search their site for “citric acid” and you’ll find it! This product stores very well for a long time, so I purchase it by the pound and have it on hand.