Growing up, I spent many of my weekends at Granny’s house. I have so many great memories there with her and Grumpy. (For those of you that don’t know, I have always called my grandpa Grumpy. And if you know him, then you know that nickname is very fitting.) We would play games, and watch movies. We did crafts, and went on walks. We baked cupcakes, and played card games. We spent countless hours on her back porch pretending and dreaming. I always had so much fun with them.
Some of my fondest memories with them have been in the kitchen, learning to make the yummy treats that my Granny makes. She taught me how to bake, and was always cooking something amazing in her kitchen. One of my favorite meals that she always made for me was chicken strips, mashed potatoes, and fried okra. But in all honesty, I would eat anything that she made.
On holidays, when our whole family gets together, we play poker and sip red punch. I can always find a pitcher of Granny’s special red punch in her fridge. I’m pretty sure everyone that tries it loves it. I can remember drinking red punch from an early age. It’s one of the first things that comes to mind when I think of being at Granny’s house.
My family recently moved, and while I was unpacking, I found that Granny had given me all the ingredients I needed to make it. In those first weeks of being away, it was nice to have something that reminded me so much of home. And it’s so easy to make, I can let my kids help. They are able to get a glimpse into one of our special family traditions. One that has always been so sweet (literally) for me.
As the days get warmer, Granny’s Red Punch is such a good summer drink. But honestly you can drink it whenever. It’s that good.
You will need:
Large Can of Pineapple Juice
1 Pouch of Cherry Kool-Aid
1 Cup of Sugar
1 Liter of Sprite
Mix all ingredients in pitcher and fill with water to the gallon mark. Stir until combined.