3-5 BC Tree Fruit Apples, any variety
Lemon juice for dipping
2 L Clear soda pop or Club Soda
1 can Frozen lemonade concentrate
1 can Frozen fruit punch concentrate, any flavor (fruit, berry, cranberry)
2 L Apple juice, separated
4 cups Water (omit if you are using Club Soda)
The day before your party, assemble and freeze the apple ring:
Slice one apple in half, width-wise, through the core. Slice about 1/4 inch off the bottom so that it will sit flat. Dip it in lemon juice to prevent browning and place it in the centre of a large pie plate.
Core, but do not peel, the remaining apples. Slice into 1/4 inch slices and arrange in entire halves, skin side up, in a tight ring around the first apple in the pie plate. Pour enough apple juice to cover the apples—it will keep them from browning—and freeze. (Weigh it down with another pie plate or dinner plate if need be.
FOR THE PUNCH:
Mix the frozen concentrates, apple juice, and water in the punch bowl. When the punch is ready to serve, remove the frozen juice/fruit ring from the freezer. Dip in cold water to loosen. Add the soda pop and the apple ring at the last minute.
Serve with a splash of Brandy or Calvados for the grownups.