"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > Recipes & Ingredients > Beverages and Wine > Non-alcoholic Drinks
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 06-21-2006, 03:41 PM   #1
Head Chef
 
BigDog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Farmington, Minnesota
Posts: 1,007
Send a message via MSN to BigDog Send a message via Yahoo to BigDog
Punch serving sizes?

Alright, this is a bit late, as the event is this weekend, but I need to make sure my computations are accurate.

Anyways, my in-law's 50th is this weekend, and punch needs to be made. Attendance is expected at about 150, and it is estimated that due to the warm weather, everyone will be good for two servings (in a 2 hour event). That's 300 servings. Now, I don't know the size of cups purchased, but I assume 8 ounce, knowing my siblings-in-law. That's 2400 ounces of punch, or about 19 gallons, yes? I'm trying to open their eyes to the fact that is going to be a pricey quantity of punch, even with a very basic recipe!

Is 8 ounce a reasonable consideration for a serving size? The punch, along with coffee, will be the primary beverages, but like I said, due to the heat, the coffee isn't likely to be the "hot choice" pardon the pun.

As a side note, anyone have any mass quantity, low cost suggestions for this? Apparently the flavor theme (at least for the cake) is raspberry and lemon. The punch is to compliment those flavors. At this point, battling the irrationality of the sibs-in-law, I'm thinking of another kind of punch; one in the nose!

I never thought I'd want a weekend that isn't even here to end so quickly!

__________________

__________________
Integrity & Honesty
have been sacrificed on the combined altars of Control, Political Correctness, and Convenience
BigDog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2006, 03:49 PM   #2
Certified Pretend Chef
 
Andy M.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 41,394
Eight ounces is a generous serving.

You can get a powdered lemonade mix and flavor it with raspberry syrup or extract.

Add any booze to that.
__________________

__________________
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan
Andy M. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2006, 03:53 PM   #3
Everymom
 
Alix's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Posts: 23,184
My punch glasses are much smaller than 8oz. At best they would be 4-6oz. Are you serving it in plastic glasses? Find out what size glasses you are putting out for the punch and then go from there.

As to the recipe, well there are TONS of punch recipes on this site, but not sure how cost effective any of them are.

In your shoes, I think I might do garbage can punch.

Buy a couple of new plastic garbage cans (might manage with just one), and wash them out. Buy a couple of those big tins of lemonade powder and use one of those and a few big jugs of cranberry juice per can. Add lots of ice, and a few gallons of ginger ale. Have some frozen raspberries on hand to toss into the punch bowl whenever you refill it from the garbage cans.
__________________
You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it. Robin Williams
Alix
Alix is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2006, 04:01 PM   #4
Head Chef
 
BigDog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Farmington, Minnesota
Posts: 1,007
Send a message via MSN to BigDog Send a message via Yahoo to BigDog
Booze ain't an option, it's a dry event. (bummer)

The garbage can punch sounds like a possibility though. Thanks!
__________________
Integrity & Honesty
have been sacrificed on the combined altars of Control, Political Correctness, and Convenience
BigDog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2006, 04:09 PM   #5
Everymom
 
Alix's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Posts: 23,184
Make sure you have a couple of lemons sliced up too BigDog, toss those into the punch bowl whenever you refill.

PS, try not to let anyone see you refilling the bowls from the garbage can! LOL! And I have found ice cream buckets to be very handy for all sorts of punch related things.

You can freeze lemonade or juice of some kind in them so that you don't dilute your punch with regular ice too much. AND, they are just the right size to refill a bowl.
__________________
You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it. Robin Williams
Alix
Alix is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2006, 04:22 PM   #6
Sous Chef
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: PA
Posts: 584
Not exactly what you asked, but might consider having something available without sweetener in case someone is diabetic. With a crowd that large I suspect there will be several.
__________________
Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought him back.--unknown, at least to me
purrfectlydevine is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2006, 05:01 PM   #7
Assistant Cook
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 1,694
4-6 oz. per serving. Probably 3 or 4 servings per person on a hot day.
__________________
Gretchen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2006, 07:42 PM   #8
Senior Cook
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: California
Posts: 270
Punch cups of the crystal variety hold 4 or 5 oz meaning that you seve 3 or 4 oz per serving. You can make a very nice punch with a tea base, fruit juice and soda. I would collect as many gal milk containers as possible to put the base into for flavor melding and pour into the bowl adding soda. You can use a diet raspberry soda or plain. The less sugar the better. I make ice molds in my bundt pan along with fruit as orange, lemon. and march.cherries. I agree you will need 4 drinks per person if it is really hot. 12 oz X 150 = 1800 oz / 32 = 56 qts/4 = 14 gal of punch. If you use 8 oz cups you will need twice as much punch as folks will fill the cups to at least 6 oz and still drink 4 cups. You can rent lge containers for punch at some fast food places (we did this for kid parties) and serve from the backroom via pitchers to the bowls. You can buy fruit drink mixes and add water and soda too. For a 50th I think you ought to pay the extra and use real juice... fortunately you do not need liquior! Even so you can make the punch for less than $100 and probably less. Aren't they worth a 100 bucks? My 50th comes up in a couple months and I hope my family isn't planning to scrimp on the punch! Altho we will have a sit down lunch for about 50 family members. I vetoed an open bar because of children.
__________________

__________________
Swann is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:22 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.