Easy Fruit Punch Recipe for Your Next 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 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

Fruit Punch with red Kool-Aid and pineapple juice
Fruit Punch with red Kool-Aid and pineapple juice | Source

Everyday Punch


2 packages of favorite flavor Kool-Aid (Grape was our family favorite)

1 ½ cups 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 1 liter

1 cup hot water

2 quarts plus 2 cups cold water


Empty Kool-Aid into gallon container. Add 1 cup hot water to dissolve Kool-Aid and sugar. Add cold water and mix to combine. Finally, add pineapple juice. Serve chilled.


Punch with Sherbet

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

Shower Punch


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

3 cups sugar

2 liters pineapple juice

2 cups hot water

5 quarts cold water

2 quarts sherbet

Empty Kool-Aid into gallon container. Add 2 cups hot water to dissolve Kool-Aid and sugar. Add cold water and mix to combine. Finally, add pineapple juice. Depending on the size of your punch bowl, you may want to make two single batches per directions for the Everyday Punch. Pour Kool-Aid and pineapple juice mixture into punch bowl. Carefully place sherbet in punch.

A little 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.


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Christmas Punch


4 packages cherry or lemon-lime Kool-Aid

3 cups sugar

2 liters pineapple juice

2 cups hot water

5 quarts cold water

2 liters ginger ale


We served our holiday punch in a large glass punch bowl too. Lemon-lime or cherry Kool-Aid are definitely the way to go for Christmas punch. The colors are very Christmas-y. Make the double batch as above. Freeze half of the Kool-Aid and pineapple juice mixture in 2-cup plastic containers. Empty half of remaining liquid punch into punch bowl. Add half of frozen punch. Empty one liter of cold ginger ale into punch. Replenish punch and ginger ale in punch bowl as needed.

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rsusan 4 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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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

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


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rmcrayne 4 years ago from San Antonio Texas Author

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!


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Rachel L Alba 20 months 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.

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