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Happy Hour: Baptist Punch

This past weekend I found myself standing by the punch bowl at a neighbor's party. I didn't know too many folks there, so I found comfort in the shimmering peach-colored liquid. I knew it was a spiked punch, but it didn't taste too strong, so I downed more than a few glasses. A little bit later, and just a tad lot tipsy, I finally asked what was in the punch. My neighbor told me that it was his version of "Baptist Punch" and that it contained cranberry, pineapple, and orange juice. Knowing that all of those ingredients were not the ones that got me tipsy, I asked what else was in it and he said: Everclear.

Everclear is a type of grain alcohol that contains around 95 percent alcohol — most liquors contain around 40 percent — although it is sold in a 75.5 percent blend as well . . . I should also mention that the 95 percent mix is illegal to purchase in many US states, including here in California. It's also worth noting that Everclear is difficult to detect as it's relatively flavorless and doesn't smell very strong. My neighbor, who had it specially imported from another state, made sure to mention that Everclear's nondetectable characteristics was the other reason the concoction was called "Baptist Punch." This way no one knows that you've been drinking.

To get the recipe for both a nonalcoholic and alcoholic version of Baptist Punch,

Baptist Punch
From YumSugar's Neighbor
1 part cranberry juice
2 part orange juice
1 part pineapple juice
* Everclear

He wouldn't give me his exact measurements, but said "not to go crazy" with the Everclear. Or "go crazy" after all, it is the holiday season.

I might add that several folks enjoyed the punch without any alcohol added. They also thought it was delicious. Just don't get the batches mixed up!


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uptown_girl uptown_girl 9 years
Where I'm from (south central KY) we'd call that hooch! I can remember quite a few parties I was at that had it there! But only ONCE did I partake... and let me say I was in BAAAAAD shape the next day!
prblms4loki prblms4loki 9 years
Haha Everclear. The alcohol of choice for jello shots and jungle juice. it really is deadly, kind of sneaks up on you.
I've had Everclear jello shots. Very easy to over do it...
sugarbecky sugarbecky 9 years
And my stomach is rolling just thinking about straight Everclear... "some of the best times I'll never remember..."
sugarbecky sugarbecky 9 years
This just sounds like Hunch Punch without the floating fruit.
krazykarot krazykarot 9 years
I remember making everclear runs when I lived in virginia across the border into west VA... good times! I wish it were legal in more states, i'd really love to make this punch!
plasticapple plasticapple 9 years
LOL I love it! I'll have to try it sometime.
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
I love this! Baptist Punch... uh huh. know all about it. And i'm not offended by that as i haven't been to church in a dozen years.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Never had everclear but I can only imagine..
jessy777 jessy777 9 years
Everclear is standard here in Texas and I remember it being slipped into the punch at church by more than one member for "traditional" Baptist Punch.. I remember my first taste of alcohol ever was a shot of pure Everclear. My favorite country song is all about the stuff...go figure.
Brandi13jrm Brandi13jrm 9 years
I am so making Baptist Punch, I think my friends will love it. We usually make something called "Skip and Go Naked..." because after drinking some it will make you do just that. Recipe has bottle of vodka, 3 cans frozen concentrated minute maid fruit punch, (2) 2 liters of 7UP, 12 pack of cheap beer, ac ouple bags of ice and lots of cut up fruit such as orances and lemons... mix all up in a big cooler... sooooooooooo good and I bet I could replace the vodka with everclear!
Bettyesque Bettyesque 9 years
wambalus wambalus 9 years
Ha we called it jungle juice as well. gross. The things I used to drink when I was younger.
Powerpuffgirl Powerpuffgirl 9 years
Ah, jungle juice!! This was the drink of choice at high school (I know, I know) and college parties. We used to make fruit punch and tropical juice versions, or jello shots. Fun times!! Nice little trip down memory lane....
annebreal annebreal 9 years
Yeah Jungle Juice here dad used to have some in the garage growing up to clean stuff sometimes, which horrified me when I realized that I had had too much of it. Fun stuff though lol.
ISUjules ISUjules 9 years
We used to make something similar in college and called it Jungle Juice. Scary.
mollywog mollywog 9 years
whooeeeee! I have a friend that makes homemade coffee liquer from Everclear!
Hautie Hautie 9 years
I should mention I serve this punch at nearly every party I have... One can make another version of this punch using good ole fashion, Hawaiian Punch fruit juice. We also called it Baptist Punch. This is a big inside joke since I attended/graduated from a Baptist High School & College. I use 4 cans of punch... half bottle/three quarters of Everclear... then thinly slice up a couple of oranges to lay on top for looks. Sometimes I toss in chucked cubes of pineapple if we had it on hand. The Everclear soaks up into the fruit pieces the longer they hang out in the bowl. But always make sure everyone eats before drinking. ONe should never think you can drink this stuff on a empty stomach.
priceless priceless 9 years
Ahhh Everclear, that was often consumed in college. It makes great jello shots
mamaseacat mamaseacat 9 years
Everclear... deadly, deadly, deadly!!! Gives the *punch* in this Baptist Punch! Yummy good!
tkoblondee tkoblondee 9 years
Ah Everclear, that was the booze of choice at parties when I was younger...oh yes, the good old days... :rotfl:
nancita nancita 9 years
Everclear is dangerous. The name alone makes me want to make this. I love it.
emalove emalove 9 years
Oh jeez, I had a friend in my college days who ALWAYS had a bottle of this onhand for parties...I remember only drinking a little and getting so drunk.
msdyanelk msdyanelk 9 years
First... There are many things that are illegal by law, this being one of them...I'd still try just a sip of this.
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