Almond Punch

My Most Requested Recipe



Defrost juices. Stir sugar into water until completely dissolved. Add juices and extracts. Keep chilled until serving time. Just before serving, add 7-up and stir.

17 calories per ounce

Note: This recipe is presented as written when I received it. Six-ounce cans of frozen juice may be hard to impossible to find, so you will want to scale accordingly. I defrost 12-ounce cans, mix them together, then use half to make the recipe and reserve the other half for the encore.

  • 1 six-ounce can frozen orange juice

  • 1 six-ounce can frozen lemonade

  • 10 cans of cold water

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

  • 1 quart 7-Up

#1 - Ginger Lime Spritzer

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  • 8 ounces club soda

  • 1 ounce ginger lime syrup

Ginger lime syrup is equal parts sugar and water simmered with fresh chopped ginger and ½ part lime juice. Start with 1 ounce ginger syrup per cup and adjust to your liking

4 calories per ounce

#2 - Virgin Mojito



  • 5-10 fresh mint leaves

  • 1/2 fresh lime

  • 8 ounces club soda

  • 1 ounce simple syrup

  • Pinch of sugar

In a cocktail shaker, muddle mint with a pinch of sugar and small sliver of fresh lime. Add remaining ingredients. Stir and serve in a tall glass filled with ice. Garnish with lime and a mint.

4 calories per ounce

#3 Orange Honey Ginger-Ale

  • 2 tablespoons fresh OJ

  • 1/3 cup honey ginger simple syrup

  • 12 ounces club soda

Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Strain into a chilled glass.

10 calories per ounce

To make honey simple syrup, combine 2-¼ cups of sugar and 3/4 cup of honey with 4 cups of water in a small saucepan. Add 1/2 cup or so chopped ginger. Bring to a simmer for 20 minutes then cool. Strain into a storage container and refrigerate. Add more or less ginger to your liking.

#4 - Tonic with Lime



  • Tonic Water

  • Fresh Lime

Nothing to it. Fill a glass with ice, add tonic water and a squeeze of fresh lime.

10 calories per ounce

#5 - Club Soda with Bitters



  • 6 ounces club soda

  • Few splashes orange bitters

Pour chilled club soda into a glass of ice. Add a few splashes of orange bitters.

1 calorie per ounce

#6 - Flavored Seltzer



  • Flavored, unsweetened seltzer (I used Polar raspberry)


0 calories per ounce

#7 - Ginger-ade Spritzer



  • 1 part lemonade

  • 1 part ginger ale

  • 1-2 parts club soda

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice.

6-8 calories per ounce

#8 - Orange Lemonade Cooler



  • 1 part orange juice

  • 1 part lemonade

  • 1-2 parts club soda

Combine 1 part each orange juice and lemonade. Add 1-2 parts club soda. Pour into a chilled glass.

7-10 calories per ounce

#9 - White Grape Spritzer



  • White grape juice

  • Ginger ale

  • Fresh lemon and orange slices

  • Optional: Frozen grapes, lemon slice, or orange slice for garnish

Drop a thin slice each of lemon and orange into a cocktail shaker. Press gently to release juices. Combine 1 part chilled white grape juice with 1 part ginger ale. Strain into a wine glass. For a less sweet and less caloric version, add 1-2 parts club soda.

7-14 calories per ounce

#10 - Lemon Basil Mock-jito



  • Fresh basil

  • Lemonade

  • Club soda

  • Pinch of sugar

  • Fresh lemon for garnish

Muddle 5-6 basil leaves with a few pinches of sugar in a cocktail shaker. Add equal parts lemonade and club soda with a few cubes of ice. Strain into a glass of ice. Add a squeeze of lemon.

9 calories per ounce

#11 - Sparkling Ice



  • Sparkling Ice brand sparkling water

No directions. DRink from the bottle or be civilzed and pour into a chilled glass

0 calories per ounce.

#12 - Soothing Caramel Bedtime Tea



  • Yogi brand Soothing Caramel Bedtime Tea

  • Water

Brew for 7 minutes. Relax, enjoy, go to bed.

0 calories per ounce

#13 - Kava Tea



  • Yogi brand Kava Tea

  • Water

Brew for 7 minutes. Relax and enjoy.

0 calories per ounce

#14 - Peach Bellini



  • Peach nectar

  • Ginger ale

  • Fresh Berries (for garnish)

Combine 3 parts peach nectar with 2 parts ginger ale. Stir and garnish with fresh berries.

14 calories per ounce

#15 - Cranberry Spritzer



  • Cranberry juice

  • Club soda

  • Lime or orange bitters

Combine equal parts cranberry juice and club soda. Add a splash of bitters or a squeeze of lime.

8 calories per ounce

#16 - Ginger Beer Spritzer



  • Ginger Beer

  • Club Soda

Combine equal parts ginger beer and club soda. Serve over ice.

6 calories per ounce

#17 - Club Soda with Grenadine



  • Club soda

  • Rose’s grenadine syrup

  • Maraschino cherries (optional)

Pour club soda into a glass of ice. Add 1-2 tablespoons per 8 ounces. Top with maraschino cherry.

3 calories per ounce

#18 - Canadian Shirley Temple



  • 1/2 cup orange juice

  • 1/2 cup ginger ale

  • 2 tablespoons grenadine syrup

  • Maraschino cherries

Layer orange juice and ginger ale in a tall glass of ice. Spoon in the grenadine an allow it to settle on the bottom. Top with maraschino cherry.

19 calories per ounce

#19 - Tangerine Rosemary Mocktail

  • 1 tablespoon rosemary infused simple syrup

  • 1/4 cup fresh tangerine juice

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons sprite (optional)

  • Club soda

Combine juices in a serving glass. Add sprite (if using) and simple syrup. Top with 4 ounces club soda.

(To make rosemary infused simple syrup, simply add a few sprigs of fresh rosemary to equal parts sugar and water. Bring to a boil then steep for 15-20 minutes. Remove rosemary and store in refrigerator.)

7-8 calories per ounce

#20 - Cucumber Ginger Limeade



  • 1.5 cups cucumber, peeled and chopped

  • 1.5 cups water

  • Ginger lime simple syrup

  • Fresh lime juice

  • Club soda (optional)

Puree cucumber and water; set aside.

Combine 3 parts cucumber water with 1 part ginger lime syrup and 1 part lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Pour over ice. For less sweetness and fewer calories, add club soda.

#21 - Fruity Fizz



  • Fruit nectar

  • Club soda

Combine equal parts fruit nectar with club soda. Stir.

8 calories per ounce

#22 - Virgin Cucumber Gimlet



  • 4-5 slices cucumber, peeled and seeded

  • 2 ounces club soda

  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice

  • 1 ounce simple syrup

Muddle cucumber in a cocktail shaker. Add club soda, lime juice, simple syrup and a few ice cubes. Strain over ice.

6 calories per ounce

#23 - Cranberry Ginger Beer



  • Cranberry Juice

  • Ginger Beer

Combine equal parts cranberry juice and ginger beer. Stir, serve over ice.

13 calories per ounce

#24 - Sparkling Mint Lime Iced Tea

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  • Mint teabags

  • Lime

  • Club soda

  • Simple syrup

Brew one teabag for every 8 ounces of hot water. Allow to chill completely (preferably overnight).

Add equal parts tea and club soda to a glass of ice. Squeeze in the juice of 1/4 to 1/2 lime. Add 1 ounce simple syrup per 8 ounces iced tea. Garnish with mint leaves if desired

5 calories per ounce

#25 - Pineapple Ginger Sparkler



  • 6 ounces pineapple juice

  • 6 ounces ginger ale

  • 8-10 fresh basil leaves

  • Sliced fresh ginger

  • 2-3 slices fresh orange

Place basil and ginger and orange in a cocktail shaker. Smash or muddle to release flavors. Add pineapple juice, ginger ale and ice; stir. Strain into serving glass.

13 calories per ounce

#26 - Mango Mule



  • 4-5 slices cucumber, peeled and seeded

  • 1 ounce simple syrup

  • 1½ ounces mango puree (I used mango nectar)

  • 1½ ounce lime juice, fresh preferred

  • 1½ ounces ginger beer

Muddle cucumbers in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add simple syrup, mango puree or nectar, lime juice and ginger beer. Pour into a rocks glass over ice

12 calories per ounce

#27 - Virgin Toddy



  • Hot water

  • 2-4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 3-4 whole cloves

Pour boiling water into a tea mug with cinnamon and cloves. Add honey and lemon juice. Steep 7 minutes, then remove spices and stir

7 calories per ounce

#28 - Minty Lime Tea & Tonic

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  • Mint teabags

  • Fresh lime

  • Tonic water

Brew one teabag for every 8 ounces of hot water. Allow to chill completely (preferably overnight). Pour equal parts tea and tonic over ice and squeeze in the juice of 1/4 to 1/2 lime. Garnish with mint leaves.

5 Calories per ounce

#29 - Sparkling Red Iced Tea



  • Brewed Red Zinger (or other tart red herbal tea)

  • Simple syrup

  • Club Soda

Combine 4 ounces chilled tea with 4 ounces club soda with 1 ounce simple syrup. Pour over ice

5 calories per ounce

#30 - Mango Lassi



  • 1 cup frozen mango, thawed, or mango puree

  • 1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 1-2 tablespoons honey

  • Pinch of cardamom

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Add ice as desired for consistency. Puree until smooth.

22 calories per ounce

#31 - Kiwi Lemonade Spritzer



  • 6 fresh kiwis, peeled and roughly chopped

  • 3 cups fresh lemonade (I use Simply Lemonade)

  • 1 liter of club soda

  • Pinch of sugar

Puree kiwis in a blender with a pinch or two of sugar. Pour kiwi puree into a pitcher with lemonade. Refrigerate until cold. Just before serving, add chilled club soda to kiwi lemonade mixture. Serve over ice.

12 calories per ounce