Patriotic Punch Recipe: Red, White & Blue
This patriotic punch recipe is fun but not very healthy.
A combination recipe and food science experiment, the red, white and blue patriotic punch will be a hit with children and adults alike!
The Secret Of Layered Patriotic Punch
There are 2 secrets in making the red, white and blue punch.
- The first is a lesson in food science. When selecting liquids you may use any colors you want as long as you pick ones with varying amounts of sugar. Sugar will make one beverage heavier than the other, enabling you to make any color combination for your punch. Beverages containing more sugar are denser than those with less. Compare the grams of sugar in the nutritional analysis, making sure that you are comparing the same unit of measure or portion size. See the notes below in the ingredient list on the sugar content per cup of our choices in this recipe.
- The second secret is the ice. When pouring the beverages into the glass or punch bowl the subsequent layers must land on the ice and not the other layer. When making a punch bowl it is advisable to have a frozen mass of ice cube or an ice ring.
Patriotic Punch Recipe
Cranberry juice (32 grams sugar)
Low sugar Lemonade (12 grams sugar)
Blue Gatorade Fierce (5 grams sugar)
- Fill a clear glass or punch bowl with ice cubes. Pour the drink with the most sugar (check the nutrition label) into the glass. Start with cranberry juice.
- Very slowly add a beverage that contains less sugar — in this case, lemonade. Be careful to pour it onto an ice cube — not directly into the other drink — to keep them from mixing.
- Use the same technique to add a layer of Gatorade.
Cooking With Kids – Food Science Experiment
Anytime you can get your kids interested in cooking, you will contribute to their lifelong good health. While this may not be a healthy recipe, as a food science experiment the punch is always interesting to kids.
Just do the best you can to make the best beverage choices for the colors desired.
I often make this recipe in children’s cooking classes.
Using a small clear disposable cup you can have each child layer their own beverage (any colors) into a cup.
Using small cups and a small cream pitcher makes it easier for kids ages 5-10 make their own beverage/science experiment.