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Catholic Recipe: Fruit and Herb Punch


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 sprig balm
  • 5 sprigs borage
  • 1 sprig burnet
  • 3 anise leaves
  • 2 cups of hot tea
  • Juice of 3 oranges
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • White wine
  • Ginger ale
  • Mint


Prep Time: 3 hours

Difficulty: •

Cost: $$$$

For Ages:All



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This punch is a nice accompaniment for the Feast of the Assumption. Traditionally on this day the priest would give a blessing of the harvest and/or herbs. We should drink of these "blessed herbs" on this day in praise of the Mother of God.


Pound sugar, salt and herbs in a mortar. Pour tea and fruit juice over them. Cover and allow to stand for several hours. Strain over ice. Add fruit juice and white wine for adults or ginger ale for children. Place mint in the mouth of the pitcher, and serve.

Recipe Source: Cooking for Christ by Florence Berger, National Catholic Rural Life Conference, 4625 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310, 1949, 1999