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Juneteenth Punch: a brief history

June 19, 1866 marked the first anniversary of the day that African Americans in Texas learned of the Emancipation Proclamation, which was more than two years after it was initially issued by President Lincoln.

In 1872, Jack Yates, Richard Allen, Richard Brock and Elias Dibble purchased the 10 acres of land for $800 and named it Emancipation Park, in honor of their newly received freedom. The City of Houston received the park in 1916 as part of a donation and converted it into a municipal park in 1918. From 1922 to 1940 it was Houston's sole park for African-Americans since the city government had declared its parks racially segregated however the black community showcased tradition, culture and celebrations there for centuries especially Juneteenth.

A traditional punch was created for such celebrations and its was a must that it was the color red. As Red represents the resilience, blood shed and passion within the black community. Whether it was blended with hibiscus, pomegranate, Big K soda or red fruit sorbet- red drinks are traditional to make a toast for Juneteenth. Celebrate our African ancestors who danced in joy for a freedom they deserved over 100 years ago.

Juneteenth Cocktail History Courtesy of Tiffanie Barriere

Sparkling Juneteenth Jubilee Hibiscus Lemonade Rum Punch

Celebrate the freedom of summer with this refreshing hibiscus lemonade.

Recipe by Jennifer Hill Booker

Yields about 8 servings


16 ounces water

3/4 cup/6 ounces Juneteenth Jubilee Hibiscus Lemonade Punch Mix

2 cups/16 ounces favorite Rum

3 cups sparkling wine


Add the Juneteenth Jubilee Punch mix to a large pitcher. Add water and stir to dissolve.

Stir in rum and top with sparkling wine

Serve over crushed ice & garnish with a wedge of lemon or lime.


Order your Juneteenth Jubilee Punch HERE


Chef Jennifer's

Cooking Tips:


Plan your menu around your grocer's weekly sales ad. Your ingredients will be in stock, in season, and on sale!


Shop, Cook & Eat Seasonally. In-season produce is fresh, inexpensive, and tasty!


Cook Once & Eat Twice. Cook a double batch of dishes like soups, beans and chili-for those days you don't feel like cooking!

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