PJ, or Party Juice, is a potent punch ideal for serving at large gatherings because it’s relatively inexpensive to make and can be prepared ahead of time, leaving the host free to mingle with guests. Inspired by the recipe from The CollegeHumor Guide to College by Amir Blumenfeld and Jakob Lodwick, this Party Juice recipe relies upon soaking fresh fruit, fruit juice and alcohol overnight to develop the flavors and create intoxicating snacks.

Start to Finish: Approximately 24 hours

Servings: A lot

Difficulty Level: Beginner

  • 2 bottles of Everclear, 750-ml each
  • 2 to 3 bottles of vodka, 750-ml each
  • 1 bottle of Sprite or 7UP, 2-liter
  • 2 gallons of fruit punch
  • 2 cups of strawberries, sliced
  • 2 cups of pineapple, diced
  • 3 large oranges, cut into wedges
  • 2 apples, cut into wedges
  • 10-ounce jar of maraschino cherries, liquid included
  • 5-pound bag of ice

Combine all ingredients except for the Sprite or 7UP in a large container or cooler. Let sit overnight to let the flavors infuse.

Pour in the bottle of Sprite and bag of ice a few minutes before serving, and stir to combine.

Using a ladle, scoop the party juice into a glass, making sure to get some ice and fruit into the glass.

If Everclear is unavailable where you live, replace with 4 bottles of vodka. Or, mix it up and replace the Everclear with 4 bottles of a liquor of your choosing, such as rum, vodka or gin, in any combination you would prefer.

If you’d prefer not to use all the fruit called for in the recipe, feel free to leave some out or use another type of fruit. Instead of fruit punch, you can use a fruit juice or combination of fruit juices of your choosing, such as cranberry or grape juice.

Tips

Diced watermelon, cantaloupe or mango make good additions to Party Juice.