Monday, July 27, 2009

Making Jelly Punch

Tea time beverages don't have to be 'only tea'. There are many other delicious drinks that can be served in a teacup. Children, especially, will enjoy something sweet and cool in their teacup. In the summertime, chilled drinks are welcome and perfectly acceptable served with a cup and saucer. What better than jelly punch to make a tea party perfect!

There is no limit to combinations and types of drinks that can be made with something as simple as melted jellies! In my pantry there's jelly in many flavors --- lavender, yellow violets, grape, and more. Each can be made into a easy Jelly Punch, a delicious teatime treat! Here's the simple recipe:

Jelly Punch

2 cups boiling water
1 jelly jar of jelly
1/2 cup sugar (or the sweet herb, stevia to taste)
3 Tbsp. lemon juice

Place the jelly in a pitcher or jar. Pour boiling water over the jelly and let it sit until the jelly is dissolved. Stirring will help to speed the process. Once the jelly is completely dissolved, add the sugar and lemon juice. Cover and place in the fridge to chill. Just before serving, dilute with ice and additional water to taste. Each flavor of jelly will require a varying amount of water, to taste. Grated lemon rind can be added for zest.

If lemon juice is not available, other acidic juices can be used instead. Try orange juice, rhubarb juice, or a small amount of apple cider vinegar. Lemon juice, though, enhances the distinctive flavors of the fruits that it is put with.

It's jelly-tea-time!

Photo: at Paula's place on Elm Street.

9 comments:

  1. How cute! I've never heard of jelly tea punch before! I bet the little ones would like it!

    Katherine

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  2. ooooooomy what a nice surprise today..new look is wow!!
    the jelly tea punch sounds too tempting to pass up..btw is it ok to copy and share & show a link to you?

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  3. You know so many things that I've never heard of! How fun is that?!

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  4. wow, that sounds so delightful! I'll definitely have to try that sometime!!

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  5. That sounds like a lot of fun!

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  6. Wow! jelly punch is new to me.

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  7. I never ever would have thought of jelly tea. What a great idea for little ones! The bunny tea party is darling. Your new banner photo is FABULOUS!
    XO,
    Lallee

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  8. How fun and a god use of leftover jelly. Sweet photo. Clarice

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  9. Anonymous10:54 AM

    What size jar of jelly? I assume an 8 oz. size? Thanks for the great idea!

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