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Easy Fruit Punch Recipe for Your Next Party

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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.

Punch Fountain adds a special touch to a party

Punch Fountain adds a special touch to a party

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 a very versatile fruit punch, and I am including three versions here. One is sure to be your favorite.

This punch is good made with a variety of Kool-Aid flavors

This punch is good made with a variety of Kool-Aid flavors

Easy Everyday Fruit Punch

Ingredients

  • 2 packages of your favorite flavor Kool-Aid (our family favorites were grape, cherry, and lemon-lime)
  • 1 cup sugar (or the equivalent of your favorite sweetener such as stevia or 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

Instructions

  1. Empty Kool-Aid packet into a 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.
Fruit punch with rainbow sherbet

Fruit punch with rainbow sherbet

Bridal and Baby Shower Punch

My mom is from a family of eight, 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.

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  1. Combine ingredients as above for Everyday Punch. Thoroughly 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. Grape Kool-Aid, while tasty, looks as much black as purple, so it 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 ready to serve

Holiday Punch ready to serve

Holiday Punch

Ingredients

  • 4 packages cherry or lemon-lime Kool-Aid
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large cans pineapple juice
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 3 quarts cold water
  • 2 liters cold ginger ale

Instructions

  1. Make 2 batches of Everyday Punch, per directions above.
  2. Freeze one batch of punch in 2-4-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 the mixture, add half of the frozen punch, and 1-liter ginger ale. Then replenish.

© 2011 rmcrayne

Comments

Rachel L Alba from Every Day Cooking and Baking on January 15, 2015:

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 (author) from San Antonio Texas on December 23, 2011:

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 Haruko Smith from San Francisco on December 23, 2011:

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

Rika Susan from South Africa on December 23, 2011:

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!