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Party Punch - How To Create Your Own Unique Recipe

I like my Party Punch creamy and frothy.  Source:  Sharyn's Slant

I like my Party Punch creamy and frothy. Source: Sharyn's Slant

I consider myself a Party Punch expert. Not the type of expert that is defined as someone who has a special skill or technique. I am an expert simply based on many years of family tradition.

I cannot remember a holiday, baby or wedding shower, graduation, or birthday party that my family did not serve cold Party Punch. After many decades, we have a non-spoken assumption that no matter what the menu for our celebrations, Party Punch will be our main beverage.

This versatile drink is enjoyed by any age group. In my family, Party Punch is ready for consumption early on, even before food is served, and is refreshed during the entire gathering.

The great thing about making party punch is that you can be creative and no matter what, it tastes wonderful. Instead of giving you specific punch recipes, I am going to give you choices to create your own cold Party Punch recipe.


Just a few drops of food coloring in your punch can really change the look.

Just a few drops of food coloring in your punch can really change the look.


Create Your Own Party Punch Recipe Using the Following as Your Base to Fill One Punch Bowl (add more or less depending on size of bowl)


A. 2 liter bottle of carbonated soda

B. 2 liter bottle Hawaiian Punch (or ½ gallon)

C. 4 large scoops of sherbet

D. 4 large scoops of vanilla ice cream

E. Fruit

F. Ice (as needed)

**Be creative!

**Taste test and adjust ingredients to your liking!

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**Choose what you like the best to create your own, unique Party Punch!

Below you will find choices/ideas for all the ingredients A through F.

A. CARBONATED SODA CHOICES (refrigerate ahead of time)

  • 7-Up
  • 50/50
  • Squirt
  • Sprite
  • Ginger Ale

B. HAWAIIAN PUNCH CHOICES (refrigerate ahead of time)

  • Personally, I like to use regular, original Hawaiian Punch
  • There are other Hawaiian Punch flavors that you may choose from including a “light” version.


  • Pineapple
  • Orange
  • Lime
  • Rainbow


  • Certainly, you could get creative and choose a fruity flavored ice cream
  • I always use vanilla
  • The main purpose of adding ice cream even though you are also using sherbet is to create a smooth, frothy texture


  • Frozen fruit juice concentrate
  • Frozen fruit
  • Regular fruit juice (orange, pineapple)
  • Lemonade
  • Crushed pineapple
  • Pineapple rings
  • Orange rings
  • Lemon wedges
  • Cherries
  • Cranberries
  • Maraschino cherry juice


  • Regular ice cubes
  • Ice cubes made from fruit juice or punch
  • Be creative with different ice cube shapes and sizes
  • Add fruit to your ice cubes
Source:  Sharyn's Slant

Source: Sharyn's Slant

Punch: Did You Know?

  • It is believed that the term punch comes from the Hindi word “panch” meaning “five” referring to the five ingredients first believed to be contained in punch: sugar, lemon, water, tea (spices) and alcohol.
  • The term punch was first recorded in British documents in 1632.
  • It has been alleged that British sailors were quite fond of this concoction.
  • As the recipe changed and spread to seaport taverns, many bartenders considered themselves “master punch brewers.”
  • Today, the word PUNCH is used to describe a wide assortment of drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, that typically contain fruit juice.

Adding Alcohol to Your Party Punch

If you would like to add alcohol such as Rum, Vodka or Champagne to your punch, be sure to offer a separate, non-alcoholic punch if there are children at your party.


Punch Bowls

Classic punch bowls are usually glass and are accompanied by a glass ladle and glass cups. Consider using a plastic punch bowl, ladle and cups, especially if you are serving children.

I use a pretty, vintage crystal punch bowl that my parents received many years ago as a wedding present. But we don’t use the cumbersome, glass cups. We simply use disposable cups and a clear plastic ladle.


What do you think of this recipe to create your own unique party punch?

Creating Your Own Unique Party Punch Recipe

There really is no right or wrong way to make cold Party Punch. That’s why I’ve given you choices and am leaving it up to you to create your own unique recipe.

Punch is a special treat that will add to any festivities. Enjoy!

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Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on December 18, 2012:

Hi Yvonne ~ OH YES!!!!! My family would be really upset if they did not find punch as part of our holiday menu. I hope you try it. Thanks for stopping by.


Yvonne Spence from UK on December 18, 2012:

This sounds like it will give a party lots of fizz!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on September 01, 2012:

Ha ha Cyndi ~ well if you feel that "punch" will spice up your social life, I say go for it. Actually, instead of making a full punch bowl, I've made just enough for a couple people in a pitcher. Darn, now I taste for it AGAIN. Thanks for your feedback!


Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on August 31, 2012:

MMMM, perfect for a holiday weekend! I'm bookmarking this because every time guests come over, I'm always like, "what shall they drink?" My answer is always, "milk, tea, water." Bleh. This'll spice up my social life. :D

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 31, 2012:

Hi Kelley ~ oh, I bet your boys love punch. It's always fun to change what you use to make your punch, and it still comes out great. Thanks for voting and sharing.


kelleyward on August 31, 2012:

Sharyn, I'm always needing good punch recipes. Thanks for sharing this. Voted up, 5 stars, and shared! Kelley

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 09, 2012:

Hi Angel ~ See, now you know how to make your own Party Punch recipe! It's really easy and I'm sure it will come out great. Thanks for your feedback.


Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 09, 2012:

Hey Josh ~ Well I certainly hope you got the Party Punch that instant! You sounded pretty desperate, ha. No alcohol in yours, okay, you are too young ;) And I'm so glad I could give you a little history lessen too!


Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 09, 2012:

Hi bridalletter ~ I love to modify recipes too. I have a difficult time following any recipe without making some sort of change to it. I love your description of how the different colors of sherbet looks like a bouquet of flowers, it really does. It will definitely be a hit at any of your parties. Thanks so much for your feedback.


Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 09, 2012:

Hi snowdrops ~ I am so glad you liked this. I appreciate you stopping by.


Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 09, 2012:

Hello kikalina ~ I love that green color punch too! Thanks for stopping by.


Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 09, 2012:

Hi Tammy ~ Since you love orange juice with vanilla ice cream, did you ever blend that with Amaretto? It is awesome and tastes like a creamsicle. Yum! Thanks for stopping by.


Amber Lynn on July 08, 2012:

I've had this punch before, but never actually knew how people made it! Your pictures look great, andI'm considering adding this to upcoming birthday parties! Great job!

Joshua Zerbini from Pennsylvania on July 07, 2012:

Sharin, I want punch right this instant! LOL This looks amazing! And I have learned something new, about the origin of punch, coming from the Hindu word "panch". Who knew, a history lesson in a recipe? LOL Thanks for this hub and I enjoyed your disclaimer about the alcohol if kids are present. It cracked me up, great job Sharon! :)

Brenda Kyle from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA on July 07, 2012:

It is so exciting to find multi options for the punch. I love to modify recipes. The different colors of sherbet looks like a bouquet and perfect to share at any holiday or event. That is the first time I have ever learned a little history behind "punch". Thank you for sharing this treat. I would like to try it during the summer months when we smoke foods and cook for a bunch of people - I think they will love it!

snowdrops from The Second Star to the Right on July 07, 2012:

Wow, that was amazing Sharyn!

kikalina from Europe on July 06, 2012:

What a fantastic colour for a punch :)

Tammy from North Carolina on July 06, 2012:

That is such a beautiful recipie. I love orange juice with vanilla ice cream so this is right up my alley. Sharing!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on April 22, 2012:

Hi Anamika ~ Two non-alcoholic glasses of punch coming up, one for me too! Thanks for stopping by! I hope you like it!


Anamika S Jain from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on April 22, 2012:

Thanks! I would take a non-alcoholic punch please...

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on February 21, 2012:

Hi Michael ~ not my punch lol. I don't add anything "too unusual" including no alcohol. I want everyone to enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by and your votes too.


Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on February 21, 2012:

Hi Jeannie ~ While lemonade or tea might be healthier, what the heck, it's a family event. Why not splurge on punch. It really goes over very well with all ages. Thanks so much for sharing this Jeannie!


Micheal from United Kingdom on February 21, 2012:

I am very wary of punch unless I make it myself, lol. I will try this recipe too. I like the idea of adding ice cream.

Voted up and interesting.

Jeannie Marie from Baltimore, MD on February 21, 2012:

These recipes sound delicious. My family believes in lemonade or sweet tea at family events, but I would much rather have one of your party punches. I am going to bookmark this for later use. Voted up and shared!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on February 03, 2012:

Hi Alocsin,

Thank you very much. I am tasting for punch and think I will buy it for the weekend Super Bowl. Have a great weekend!


Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on February 03, 2012:

Thank you for these options in preparing punch. I think putting in ice cream is inspired. Voting this Up and Useful.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on January 27, 2012:

Hi Rosemay,

Thank you so much for stopping by. I appreciate your comments. Have a great day!


Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on January 26, 2012:

Some great ideas for a punch. I never thought of using either sherbet or ice cream but I like the frothy look.

Thanks for sharing

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on January 25, 2012:

Ha, ha, I do too. I love chugging cold punch. I will have to settle for pink lemonade for now :( Thanks for stopping by The Macs.

The Macs from Peoria, IL on January 25, 2012:

I want some NOW

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on January 25, 2012:

Hi Grace,

I have seen some really awesome ideas for punch at Halloween. That is definitely a time to be creative. Thank you so much for stopping by to read and comment.


graceomalley on January 25, 2012:

My daughter made halloween punch with plastic body parts in it. This was especially effective because the punch is opague, so you didn't see the body parts until they slithered into your cup.

I like that note about tea being in early punch. i actually think iced tea would go well as an addition.

great hub!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on January 25, 2012:

Thank you jellygator ~ hope you enjoy!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on January 25, 2012:

Hello cebutouristspot ~ I'm really glad you enjoyed this hub. Thanks for stopping by.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on January 25, 2012:

Hi Brett,

Great to see you. So you make "killer" punch, ha! Thanks for your votes and sharing. Very much appreciated.


jellygator from USA on January 25, 2012:

Great hub!

cebutouristspot from Cebu on January 25, 2012:

This is awesome now I have a homemade punch recipe thanks really appreciate it

Brett C from Asia on January 25, 2012:

That looks good. I've made a few too in my time, but although they tasted great, they usually were killers ha ha (as they were randomly mixed!).

Voted up, awesome, tweeted and SHARED.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on January 06, 2012:

You are welcome Eddy! Have fun creating your own unique recipe. Have a great day!


Eiddwen from Wales on January 06, 2012:

Mmmm thanks for this one which I am bookmarking.

Here's to many more on here.

Take care and enjoy your day.


Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on January 05, 2012:

Thanks Ardie! Depending on the color of sherbet, etc., used -- it can certainly be a beautiful display. Although, as I made leftovers tonight in a boring Tupperware pitcher, it still tastes wonderful :)

Sondra from Neverland on January 05, 2012:

Oooh, now I have a hankering for party punch! And why is it that the prettier the punch bowl the more I want to drink the punch? Hahah Fantastic hub!!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on December 29, 2011:

Ha ha, silly Mar! I'm glad you liked the flexibility of the recipe. I made our "family punch" on Christmas Day and will be making it again on New Year's Day when we all get together again to eat a delicious pork roast. "Watch" the work out tape, I love it! Happy New Year to you too!

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on December 29, 2011:

Old lady comment: Thanks, Sharon! I have the perfect vintage punch bowl and I am seriously appreciative of this flexible recipe! I will be bookmarking for many future references! Voted UP & UI...

Hip chick comment: Oh no you didn't-- include that clip from way back when I really had that hair-do! I am heading out for a nice can of Hawaiin Punch. I almost feel like 'watching' a work out tape, but will need a cool, refreshing drink of punch first (LOL)! Voted UP & FAB!

Perfectly delicious in every way! Happy New Year!

Love you lots, Maria

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on December 23, 2011:

Good Morning Sunshine,

I'm surprised you never made it. Well, you are very creative and could make an awesome combination, I'm sure. Your family will love it. Thanks for stopping by!


Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on December 23, 2011:

Very creative SS! I never made party punch and you made it seems so simple that even Sunshine could make it! sounds yummy too! Thanks for sharing!:)

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on December 23, 2011:

Hi Kel,

I am craving punch SO BAD and still have to wait a few days :( If you do make it, try like a pineapple sherbet and also some vanilla ice cream. Adding both makes is really creamy and yummy. And the tiny pineapple chunks in the sherbet add to the texture. Thanks for your comments. Hope you are feeling "ready" for the holidays. Enjoy!


Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on December 22, 2011:

Beautiful Sharyn! I love making punch in a pretty bowl - (but only when I'm wearing pearls:) lol. I have never tried using sherbet or ice cream for the base - what a great idea! Sherbet has always been my favorite as far as ice cream goes. Very pretty looking too:) up and everything!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on December 22, 2011:

Well thank you DR, I love it! I hope you enjoy your punch with your lunch and dinner :) Happy Holidays,


drbj and sherry from south Florida on December 22, 2011:

Thank you, Sharyn, for this nice simple recipe for punch,

I will make myself some tomorrow and drink it with lunch.

I will omit the ice cream since I want to be thinner

And have more of your punch tomorrow with my dinner.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on December 22, 2011:

Hi Cardisa,

No need to include ice cream. I like it because it makes it creamy. But it's good without it. Add a little alcohol and enjoy! Have a great holiday.


Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on December 22, 2011:

I like fruity punches. I wouldn't be able to drink the punch with the ice cream but I would definitely love some fruits and some

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on December 22, 2011:


That's a great idea. There's so many things you could do with the ice alone that makes it interesting. I've used colorful small round balloons as ice for a baby shower. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you are enjoying the holidays.


Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on December 22, 2011:

I am a big fan of punch ... I made a really cool one for a halloween party once. What I did was took a disposable glove and filled it with fruit chunks and fruit juices. I put that in the punch instead of ice cubes and had a floating hand in my dish. It was cool. I might have to make a punch for Christmas Day because it sounds really good right now!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on December 21, 2011:

Hi Jim,

The punch I make looks like the one in the second picture. Reddish with a frothy top. You should try it. I know you could do it. You don't even have to go shopping. Create your own with whatever you have at home (within reason, of course).

I hope you are having a great holiday season.


TheManWithNoPants from Tucson, Az. on December 21, 2011:

I didn't know you knew how to cook! Did you make those?? I'm not going to be very good at comenting on this subject, but you write good girl and the hooch looks delicious! Merry Christmas my friend. :))


Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on December 21, 2011:


Thank you for your great feedback. You should try making it, you can't go wrong if you just follow the basics. I am now craving party punch but will have to wait until Sunday :)

This is what I bought for the next batch on Christmas: Cherry 7-Up, regular Hawaiian Punch, Pineapple Sherbet and Vanilla Ice Cream. That's it. Simple and really awesome. I hope you are enjoying this holiday season.


Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on December 21, 2011:

I loved the way you wrote this hub so that the reader can create her own concoction. I love drinking punch but have never made it for a party but will be book-marking this for future reference as you've made it look so easy and festive.

I also liked the "facts about punch" side-box which was very interesting.

Voted up, useful, awesome and beautiful.

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