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Serves: 16
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
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1 bottle (64 ounces) cranberry-raspberry drink, chilled
2 cups water
2 large lemons
2 large limes
1 medium nectarine
1/2 pound seedless green grapes
1/2 cup raspberries
lemon leaves
5 tea bags
2 to 4 tablespoons sugar
1 bottle (34 ounces) lemon-lime diet soft drink, chilled
1 can (6 ounces) frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed




Mix 3 cups rasberry-cranberry drink and 2 cups water. Pour 3-1/2 cups of this mixture into a 6-cup ring mild and freeze. Refrigerate remaining 1-1/2 cups. Cut a continuous 1-inch wide strip of peel from each lemon and each lime. Set aside. Squeeze juice from lemons and limes to equal 1/4 cup each. Refrigerate to use in punch later. Trim white membrane from lemon and lime peel strips. Form each strip into a rose by rolling it tightly, skin side out, around finger. Secure with a toothpick. Cover and refrigerate. When juice ring is frozen, cut nectarine into wedges and separate grapes into small clusters. Discard toothpicks from lemon and lime roses. Arrange roses with nectarine wedges, grape clusters, raspberries, and lemon leaves on frozen ring for garnish. Pour in half of remaining drink mixture; freeze about 1 hour to set garnishes in place. Add remaining drink mixture; freeze. In a 4-cup glass measuring cup, pour boiling water over tea bags to equal 4 cups. Let steep 10 minutes. Discard tea bags. Cover and refrigerate tea until ready to complete punch.

Just before serving, mix 2 tablespoons sugar, soft drink, undiluted lemonade, tea, remaining cranberry drink, lemon and lime juices, and 1 1/2 cups cold water in a 6-quart punch bowl (large enough to hold ice ring). Taste, adding more sugar if desired. Unmold the ice ring into your hands, not on a place because it might break. To loosen the ice ring from mold, place mold in a hot water bath about 30 seconds (do not immerse). Add the ice ring to punch.


Lemon leaves may be purchased at a florist shop.


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