Sparkling Citrus Punch Recipe with Lemonade Ice Cubes


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Blogger Stephanie Ziajka shares a refreshing sparkling citrus punch recipe on Diary of a Debutante

One benefit of quarantine is that I’ve had a lot more time to test out new cocktail recipes! In case y’all don’t remember my Elderflower French 75 recipe from New Year’s, I’ve been on a huge elderflower cocktail kick for the past few seasons. Case in point, this amazingly delicious sparkling citrus punch with lemonade ice cubes! I found the recipe in an old Southern Living magazine (March 2018 edition, to be exact) and tweaked the sweetness just a tad to make it a little more dry. Not exaggerating, it may be my favorite big-batch cocktail of all time. Keep reading for the full sparkling citrus punch recipe, including tips on how to make refreshing lemonade ice cubes. You’ll also find affordable outfit details at the very bottom of the post!

Sparkling Citrus Punch Recipe

Citrus punch recipe for spring by blogger Stephanie Ziajka on Diary of a Debutante

This sparkling citrus punch will be a guaranteed crowd pleaser at your next post-COVID get-together. Or, if you’re anything like me and Kyle, you can keep the entire pitcher to yourself and enjoy it over the course of a weekend. Here’s everything you’ll need to serve 6 (multiply everything by 2 to fill a standard pitcher)–

  • 1 bottle sparkling Moscato (substitute Cava or Prosecco for less sweetness)
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh orange juice (from 3 large oranges)
  • 1/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice (from 1 small grapefruit)
  • 1/4 cup St. Germain
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice (from 1 small lemon)
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice (from 1 lime)

To make a batch of this sparkling citrus punch, simply combine all ingredients in a pitcher. Again, I double everything because A. it’s delicious and B. this pitcher looks a little sad when it’s only half full. Finally, add your homemade lemonade ice cubes (recipe below) and serve immediately. 

Tip- use one bottle of sparkling Moscato and one bottle of Cava or Prosecco for the perfect blend of sweet and dry. 

Sparkling punch recipe for spring by blogger Stephanie Ziajka on Diary of a Debutante

Oh, and I like to throw a lemon or lime slice on each glass as a garnish, too. If you’re out of fresh citrus slices, lemon peel twists look great, as well!

Sparkling punch recipe alcoholic by blogger Stephanie Ziajka on Diary of a DebutanteBlogger Stephanie Ziajka shares a refreshing sparkling wine punch made with sparkling Moscato, orange juice, grapefruit juice, St. Germain, lemon juice, and lime juice on Diary of a Debutante

How to Make Lemonade Ice Cubes

How to make lemonade ice cubes by blogger Stephanie Ziajka on Diary of a Debutante

These colorful and refreshing lemonade ice cubes help keep the sparkling wine punch cold without diluting it. The citrus slices add some fun pops of color, too! Here’s what you’ll need to make a tray–

  • Ice cube tray– I used this smaller ice mold tray, but you can also use a 6, 8, or 12-cube ice tray for larger, whiskey-esque ice cubes. 
  • 2 cups prepared lemonade– I highly recommend using Belvoir Organic Elderflower Lemonade. It compliments the punch perfectly.
  • Thinly sliced lemon and lime wedges– You can also add in orange and grapefruit wedges, too. 

To make a tray of lemonade ice cubes, arrange thinly-sliced lemon and lime wedges in the bottom of the ice cube tray. Then, fill the tray with prepared lemonade (should be around 2 cups, although it may be more or less) and freeze until solid. Letting them sit overnight is always a good idea, although 5 hours in the freezer should be enough if you want to make and use them in the same day. 

Also, any prepared lemonade will do, but Belvoir Organic Elderflower Lemonade is literally perfect for this recipe. It’s made with real English elderflower, so it pairs wonderfully with the St. Germain.

Blogger Stephanie Ziajka shows how to make lemon juice ice cubes in today's post How to make lemon and lime ice cubes with Belvoir Elderflower Lemonade by Stephanie Ziajka on Diary of a Debutante

Again, this recipe serves 6, so if you double up on ingredients like I do, this big-batch cocktail can serve up to 12. That said, be sure to make enough lemonade ice cubes! They do an amazing job of keeping the drink cool without diluting it– and they add fun citrus slices to the glasses, too!

Blogger Stephanie Ziajka wearing a J.Crew Factory lemon print sleeveless shirtdress and pouring sparkling citrus punch on Diary of a Debutante

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Sparkling Citrus Punch Recipe with Lemonade Ice Cubes

Sparkling citrus punch recipe adapted from Southern Living Magazine by blogger Stephanie Ziajka on Diary of a Debutante

Lemonade ice cubes keep this refreshing, big-batch sparkling cocktail cool without diluting it! 

  • Author: Southern Living
  • Prep Time: 5 hours
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
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Ingredients

For the sparkling citrus punch:

1 bottle sparkling Moscato

1 1/2 cups fresh orange juice (from 3 large oranges)

1/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice (from 1 small grapefruit)

1/4 cup elderflower liqueur, such as St. Germain

2 tbsp fresh lemon juice (from 1 small lemon)

2 tbsp fresh lime juice (from 1 lime)

For the lemonade ice cubes:

2 cups prepared lemonade

Thinly-sliced lemon and lime wedges

Instructions

Arrange thinly-sliced lemon and lime wedges in the bottom of an ice cue tray. Fill tray with prepared lemonade (around 2 cups). Freeze until solid, about 5 hours or overnight. 

Combine sparkling Moscato, orange juice, grapefruit juice, elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, and lime juice in a large pitcher. Add lemonade ice cubes and serve immediately.

Notes

I typically double all ingredients and use one bottle of sparkling Moscato and one bottle of Cava or Prosecco for the perfect blend of sweet and dry. 

For the lemonade ice cubes, any prepared lemonade will do, but Belvoir Organic Elderflower Lemonade is literally perfect for this recipe. It’s made with real English elderflower, so it pairs wonderfully with elderflower liqueur, like St. Germain.

For more variety (and color), add thinly-sliced grapefruit wedges to the ice cube tray!

 

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J.Crew Factory lemon print sleeveless tie waist shirtdress styled by affordable fashion blogger Stephanie Ziajka on Diary of a DebutanteShop the Look: Lemon-Print Sleeveless Shirtdress (wearing a 00) | Espadrille Wedges | Gold Smile Pendant Necklace (Kyle bought me the Tiffany version for our anniversary, but you can find a more budget-friendly version here) | Large Pearl Stud Earrings

Thanks so much for reading, y’all! As always, please let me know if you have any problems with the recipe. I’m happy to help!
 


 
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