As you probably know by now, my husband’s family grows muscadines, America’s native grape and “Superfruit of the South!” If you didn’t know, be sure to read my blog posts, Muscadines, Grandma, and a Husband or Faithful in the Little Things. If you’ve read these, you’ll know muscadines are so inherently southern and have been such a large part of my life. The first role muscadines played for me as an adult was actually at my wedding. We wove muscadine vines into an arch to use as a backdrop for our vows, and we served Muscadine Punch.
Chris and I got married on Memorial Day weekend, which signals the end of spring and the start of summer. I don’t know about where you live, but around here, temperatures are already rising into the upper 80s and low 90s. We had a very mild winter, but it’s as if we’ve skipped spring altogether and headed right into summer weather!
Of course, this is not only the season for weddings, but also showers, Mother's Day gatherings, and graduation parties, not to mention impromptu cookouts and porch parties. And, here in the South, although you can of course serve sweet tea and lemonade, no gathering is complete without some sort of punch! Muscadine Punch is so easy, you can pour it up at the last minute! Just combine one bottle (750ml) of Muscadine Juice with a 2-liter bottle of ginger ale and add ice. My mother-in-law made ice rings with pansies for our wedding reception, or you can also float pieces of fruit to dress it up.
If your soiree is more appropriate for a sangria, we also have a Muscadine Sangria Recipe Card! Visit our Recipe Archive to print your copy.
We served Muscadine Sangria at a Ladies’ Night Out event we hosted recently, and everyone had a fit over it! I'm sure your guests will, too!