High school and college graduations in the South still warrant almost as much social attention as weddings and christenings, and no celebration is right without a bowl or big pitcher of fruit punch (alcoholic or nonalcoholic) when the time comes to make toasts. Gin, run, or vodka can be added to give this punch a kick, and if you’re entertaining a large crowd, double the portions and serve the punch in a punch bowl with a block of ice or an ice ring made in a Bundt pan.
In a saucepan, combine the water, sugar, and lemon zest, bring to a boil, reduce the heat to moderate, and stir for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool completely.
Pour the mixture into a large pitcher, add the pineapple juice, orange juice, and lemon juice, stir till well blended, and chill for at least 4 hours.
When ready to serve, stir in the club soda and serve immediately in punch cups.
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