Easy Fruit Punch Recipe for Your Next Party

Updated on February 3, 2018
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Rose Mary's mother and all of her aunts are great Southern cooks. She likes to think she's not so bad herself.


This is my family’s “go to” punch. This favorite punch is made from Kool-Aid and pineapple juice, which is what we drank at home as an alternative to sodas or tea. For family gatherings like baby showers, bridal showers, and Christmas dinner, there are two alternatives for jazzing it up a bit. This is very versatile fruit punch, and I am including three versions here. One is sure to be your favorite.


Punch Fountain

Punch Fountain adds a special touch to a party
Punch Fountain adds a special touch to a party | Source

Easy Everyday Fruit Punch

This punch is good made with a variety of Kool-Aid flavors
This punch is good made with a variety of Kool-Aid flavors | Source
  • 2 packages of favorite flavor Kool-Aid (Our family favorites were grape, cherry, and lemon-lime)
  • 1 cup sugar (or equivalent of your favorite sweetener such as stevia, or use sugar free Kool-Aid, which has artificial sweetener)
  • 1 large can pineapple juice, about 46 oz
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 quart plus 2 cups cold water

1. Empty Kool-Aid packet into gallon container. Add sugar.

2. Pour in hot water, and stir to dissolve Kool-Aid and sugar.

3. Add pineapple juice.

4. Add 1 1/2 quarts of cold water and mix to combine. Serve chilled.

Bridal and Baby Shower Punch

Fruit punch with rainbow sherbet
Fruit punch with rainbow sherbet | Source

My mom is from a family of 8, so that’s a lot of aunts, uncles, and cousins. When I was growing up, Mom and the aunts were forever throwing a baby shower or bridal shower for one of the cousins. The shower version of the punch was served in a large glass punch bowl, so we made a double recipe.

  • 4 packages Kool-Aid
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 lg cans pineapple juice
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 3 quarts cold water
  • 3 quarts sherbet

1. Combine ingredients as above for Everyday Punch. Thouroughly chill before your event.

2. Pour Kool-Aid and pineapple juice mixture into punch bowl. If your punch bowl is small, pour in half of mixture.

3. Carefully add sherbert, in large chunks.

Sherbet makes the punch frothy and festive. Use a Kool-Aid flavor that fits with your color theme, and is compatible with pineapple juice. Pick a compatible sherbet flavor. Grape Kool-Aid, while tasty, looks as much black as purple, so is not a good choice. You could use lemon-lime Kool-Aid, with lime or orange sherbet, or lemonade Kool-Aid and orange or lime sherbet. If you pick a Kool-Aid that does not go well with standard sherbet flavors, you could try a sorbet, or vanilla ice cream.

Holiday Punch

Holiday Punch ready to serve
Holiday Punch ready to serve | Source
  • 4 packages cherry or lemon-lime Kool-Aid
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 lg cans pineapple juice
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 3 quarts cold water
  • 2 liters cold ginger ale

1. Make 2 batches of Everyday Punch, per directions above.

2. Freeze one batch of punch in 2- to 4-cup containers. Refrigerate other batch.

3. To prepare to serve, pour refrigerated batch of Kool-Aid and pineapple juice mixture into punch bowl.

4. Add frozen punch blocks.

5. Pour in ginger ale.

We served our holiday punch in a large glass punch bowl. Lemon-lime or cherry Kool-Aid are definitely the way to go for Christmas punch. The colors are very Christmas-y. If your punch bowl is small, pour in half of mixture, add half of frozen punch, and 1 liter ginger ale. Then replenish.

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    • Rachel L Alba profile image

      Rachel L Alba 

      3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      I just saw your hub for punch. I'm always looking for new recipes and these sound so good. I like the one with the sherbet in it. Thanks for the ideas.

    • rmcrayne profile imageAUTHOR

      rmcrayne 

      6 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      rsusan, this would indeed be a simple but refreshing punch for your hot summer days : )

      Simone! Never had punch before?! 'Bout time you bellied up to the bar then!

    • Simone Smith profile image

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      I've never had punch before, and always wondered what goes into the drink. Now I know, hehee!

    • rsusan profile image

      Rika Susan 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      Great recipes to try Rose Mary! Just in time for the Festive season. Sounds just right for our hot summer days here in South Africa!

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