Fruited Water- a little fruit and ice make a refreshing beverage

At Stevens Catering we used to get orders for bottled water for an event. I learned quickly that bottled water for several hundred quickly filled up the van and left no room for other food. I started bribing the customers with free water if they would forego the bottled water and let me serve fruited water in a large glass container with a spigot. What a win, win– no more wasted bottles left on a table with one sipped taken, no more heavy cases to purchase, move and ice down and all substituted for a beautiful ice and fruit glass server filled with local “free” water. The fruit has a way of cleansing the local water no matter how it tastes. It worked and you will enjoy it too.

Poor Women’s Punch


Poor Women’s Punch

This was the recipe used for all our events at Stevens Catering.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword lemons, punch, clean taste, almond flavoring


  • 5 pounds sugar
  • 4 cups hot water
  • 2 tablespoons fruit acid fruit pectin
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 12 lemons 1 1/2 cups juice
  • 2 ounces vanilla
  • 2 ounces almond extract


  • Dissolve the sugar in hot water. Dissolve the fruit acid in cold water. Mix all ingredients together. This mixture can be frozen for later use.


To make punch mix:
1 cup cold water
1 cup syrup
32 ounces ginger ale
Serve over plenty of ice.
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