I was saddened to learn about Annette Funicello’s passing last week. My first memories of her were from her beach movies with Frankie Avalon. For me, summer doesn’t begin until I’ve had a chance to watch them in all of their campy glory. Later, the Micky Mouse Club reruns were shown every afternoon and I discovered that there was more to her than I first thought.
In honor of every beach blanket that ever existed, I offer this recipe from an early 1960s party book. This punch was part of a luau-themed menu that didn’t seem too inspired (seemed more at home in the Midwest than on the islands) but the punch recipe jumped out at me…probably because the Beach Boys were my favorite group growing up. The recipe makes enough for a party but I just cut the recipe in half for every day drinking from a pitcher.
Beach Boy Punch
1 quart cranberry juice
Juice of two lemons
1 pint orange juice
Mix the juices together.
Pour into punch bowl over a cake of ice.
Add ginger ale to taste.
Makes 2-3 quarts, depending upon how much ginger ale you add.
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