Ginger Ale Punch

from Ontario Picnics

Instructions from 1915:

Crush one-half bunch of well-washed mint leaves with ½ cup of sugar, add 3 small lemons and 1 orange, cut in slices, ¼ cup of crushed pineapple, if at hand, and place for a few hours on ice.  Strain through a wet cloth into a pitcher of ice, when very cold, add 1 pint of ginger ale, also well chilled, and pour immediately into the ice-cold thermos bottle. (from One Hundred Picnic Suggestions by Linda Hull Larned, Charles Scribner’s Sons, Ltd., 1915)

Today’s version:


½ bunch mint leaves

½ cup granulated sugar

3 small lemons, cut in slices

1 orange, cut in slices

¾ cup crushed pineapple

1 can ginger ale

Crushed ice

Lemon or orange slices and/or mint leaves (optional)


Muddle the mint in a pitcher.  Add sugar, lemon slices, orange slices and pineapple.  Add a cup of crushed ice and refrigerate for a couple of hours, stirring occasionally.

Strain the liquid through a sieve and return to pitcher.  Add ginger ale and more crushed ice.  Garnish with lemon and/or orange slices and mint leaves.  

Nada’s Tips & Tricks:  This is such a refreshing drink and perfect for everyone on the back deck, on a picnic or while camping.  For the adults, add a touch of your favourite liquor and serve in a fancy cocktail glass.  

Contents and images used with permission by Lindy Machefske and MacIntyre Purcell Publishing