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Posted on Mon, Jul 29, 2013 : 11:55 a.m.

Christening Punch with Fruit & Lavender Ice Ring

By Peggy Lampman


Christening Punch

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Punch bowls recall the high school prom with that ne’er-do-well trouble-maker (you forget his name) sneaking whiskey into the punch, and that dry wedding where you wished someone would sneak whiskey into the punch bowl after an un-air-conditioned, two-hour ceremony in 90-degree heat.


Audie makes four!

Others think of “punch” as a non-alcoholic sugary concoction favored by children. But according to David Woodrich’s book, "Imbide!": “... for nearly 200 years, from the 1670s to the 1850s, the Kingdom of Mixed Drinks was ruled by the Bowl of Punch.” The rich history of punch led to the development of the modern cocktail, the first published cocktail recipe appearing in 1831.

Woodrich writes in his other book, "Punch: The Delights (and Dangers) of the Flowing Bowl" that "...Punch should not be the strength of a cocktail. It's got to be something considerably less dangerous."  I tip my glass to Mr. Woodrich; especially if the punch is honoring someone not yet of legal age, in our family's case, a baby girl — just shy of three months.


"Cakes by Mary"

My stepson, Brian, and his wife, Justina, recently gave birth to their fourth child — Richard and I were honored to host the christening party last Sunday, tradition insisting a festive punch be a part of the after-church celebration, the champagne served on the side for those of legal age.

Justina's friend, Mary Williams of Cakes by Mary (734-741-1753), created a beautiful cake honoring the celebration. Welcome to the world, Audie-Leigh!

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Yield: 24 servings
Time to freeze ice ring: 12 hours
Active Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients for Ice Ring:

1 sweet orange, sliced into thin rings then cut in half
1 Bundt pan, to fit into the punch bowl
Fresh herb sprigs and edible flowers, such as lavender and nasturtium blossoms (pictured)
1 cup fresh raspberries

Ingredients for Punch:

Punch Bowl
33.8 ounces chilled fruit nectar, such as Looza's peach or mango
1 (12-ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate
25 ounces chilled sparkling juice
33.8 ounces chilled soda (carbonated) water
Chilled Proseco, Champagne or sparkling wine (optional)


1. To make the ice ring, layer orange slices evenly in the bottom of Bundt pan mold.
Add herb springs and edible flowers in between the orange slices. Sprinkle and cover orange slices and herb sprigs with raspberries. Fill Bundt mold 3/4 way full with water; filtered water preferred. Freeze until ready to use.
2. When ready to serve punch, in a punch bowl combine nectar, orange juice concentrate, sparkling juice and soda water. Run cold water on the back of the mold and the ring will pop out effortlessly. Serve chilled alcohol on the side for guests to add at their own discretion.

Peggy Lampman is a real-time food writer and photographer posting daily feeds on her website and in the Food & Grocery section of You may also e-mail her at


Mary Bilyeu

Mon, Jul 29, 2013 : 6:13 p.m.

Mazal Tov!!! There is nothing in the world like a beautiful new baby ... :)

Peggy Lampman

Wed, Jul 31, 2013 : 7:06 p.m.

Thank-you sweet Mary. Actually this makes 2 new babies in the family in the past few months - Baby Jack was born into the family several months ago. It's raining babies! Peggy

Jessica Webster

Mon, Jul 29, 2013 : 4:33 p.m.

Looks good, Peggy! Welcome to the world (and the neighborhood!) Baby Audie-Leigh!

Peggy Lampman

Wed, Jul 31, 2013 : 7:05 p.m.

Thanks Jessica! I'm sure you'll see on the block soon. Peggy