At my parent’s farm, ever since the eight (nearly nine) grandkids came along, it takes us so long to open presents – because we do it one by one – that we’ve started having to take a much-needed brunch break in between. And the kids allow that! The adults do too! I’m not a patient person, and call me crazy, but it’s all about my parent’s brunch spread! They prep the food the night before and then just pop the main courses in the oven when brunch time is near. There’s hot carafes of coffee, my dad’s oven-cooked bacon, and a giant box of doughnuts that my brother always brings. And if he didn’t? I think Des the Doughnut King would be quite upset. There’s always sausage and fruit as well. We make drinks that morning.
This is something we start with in the morning, but then make a new batch or put it out again in the afternoon – when we’re finally out of our Christmas pajamas – and neighbors are coming over to have some punch and snacks. Then it’s punch and mixed nuts! The perfect combo. I get everything I need at our local Sam’s Club. Among the ingredients for this spread are Member’s Mark Mixed Nuts, and then the stars of the show – a Simply Orange® 2 pack and Simply Lemonade® 2 pack as well.
My brunch mocktail is simply the best. I’m all about having convenient beverage and snacking solutions for our huge holiday gathering on December 25th. It seems to get larger every year, and I don’t see it stopping anytime soon. I actually love going to Sam’s Club on a weekday. There, I can get everything I need for my family and for extended family too. Simply Beverages® are deliciously simple. You can find their great-tasting 100% juice drinks in the refrigerated section of your Sam’s Club. I love that they come in 2-packs, because that’s perfect for entertaining. My recipe uses convenient ingredients.
2-1/3 cups Simply Orange®, divided
1 cup Simply Lemonade®
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1 cup Sprite
sliced oranges for garnish
Peel bananas and add them to a blender.
Add 1/3 cup of Simply Orange®.
Process until bananas are pureed.
Pour into large pitcher.
Add 1 cup each of Simply Orange®, Simply Lemonade® and pineapple juice.
Stir to mix well.
Serve with an orange slice garnish.
This can be easily doubled or tripled. Just make sure you know the size of your container/pitcher/punch bowl before you start mixing. I always like to refrigerate my items before making the punch so they are cold, and you don’t have to add ice. Simply Beverages® are found in the refrigerated aisle so they are already cold, but you may want to put the other items in the fridge too – like pineapple juice, Sprite, and even the sliced oranges.
Then you can gather around the table and enjoy this punch! Or put it out on a snack table (a card table – per my parents) and watch people get absolutely delighted over the delicious punch and the mixed nuts. Throw in some cookies for extra fun!