Disclaimer: This blog has the word “sippy cup” in the title. Jungle Juice is an extremely potent ADULT beverage and should never be served to children or made available to children. Consumers of the beverage should also not drink and drive 🙂
Over the weekend I went to a going away party, and I had volunteered to bring drinks. At the suggestion of the host several weeks earlier, I agreed to bring “Jungle Juice”. I honestly didn’t know what Jungle Juice was, so I started with Google. The images of Jungle Juice were somewhat frightening, as I quickly discovered Jungle Juice is often made in clear Rubbermade storage containers, Gatorade insulated coolers, and (gasp) trash cans.
Surely I could do better, and make something that looked pretty, tasted great, and worked well (got all the guests happily sauced). There were dozens and dozens of recipes, but as I continued my research over several days, both online and asking veteran drinkers that I knew, I discovered a theme: fruit punch and everclear.
Last week Ava and I went on a shopping trip to Target and BevMo to formulate a plan for Jungle Juice. I got an awesome Anchor Hocking Beverage Dispenser with a chalkboard label. That looked pretty worked out great. It says it is for two gallons but it holds more. I even tested it the day before by filling it up with water and making sure it didn’t leak. The only thing I didn’t like is when you filled it with cold liquid the chalk writing sweated off, making it hard to read. But other than that, it worked great.
The main reason I am writing this blog about Jungle Juice is I wanted to remember the recipe. I used a gallon of Kool Aid, a gallon of Hawaiian Punch, Absolut Orange Vodka, and a $45 bottle of 190 proof Everclear (Grain Alcohol). I didn’t put any ice in, instead I used a bag of Wawona “Festival Blend” frozen fruit from Costco, which included Mango, Papaya, Strawberries and Pineapple. I also added a bag of organic frozen strawberries.
I definitely will use this recipe in the future. It would be great for a birthday or holiday party. I loved that it was easy and no fuss, and very simple to quickly add to as the party went on. The guests also could scoop out the fruit and eat that too. If you wanted, you could add other types of juice, or even sprite or champagne to make it bubbly too!