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Old Hotel Vicksburg Punch

Yields approximately 1 gallon.

This recipe was passed down by word of mouth until 1946 when it was tasted by General Eisenhower at a reception in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He requested the recipe for Mamie because he enjoyed it so much.


2 cups boiling water
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 to 1 cup lemon juice
3 (12 ounce) cans frozen orange juice,
    made according to directions
1 (46 ounce) can pineapple juice
1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple
1 (6 ounce) jar maraschino cherries
1 (32 ounce) bottle ginger ale


  1. To boiling water add sugar and lemon juice. Boil for 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  2. When cooled, add orange juice, pineapple juice, pineapple and cherries. Chill.
  3. Just before serving, add ginger ale.