The BEST Punch Recipe for Any Party: made with Sprite (or lemon-lime soda), pineapple juice, kool-aid, sugar, and water! So easy, and the best ever!
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Punch Recipe: Best Fruit Punch

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Punch Recipe, the BEST of all punch recipes: Made with Sprite (or lemon-lime soda), pineapple juice, kool-aid, sugar, and water! So simple and easy and one of the best punch recipes there is!

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Punch Recipe: One of the best punch recipes there is, and SO easy! It's made with Sprite (or lemon-lime soda), pineapple juice, kool-aid, sugar, and water! So easy, and the best ever!

It’s quite fun to be sharing one of the BEST punch recipes with you all today.

Perhaps it’s because:

  • this recipe has went VIRAL on Pinterest and Google for being one of the favorites.
  • it’s one of the most delicious childhood memories that I had as a little girl.
  • because it’s literally is the best punch I’ve ever had.
  • or because it’s SO SIMPLE!

We’ll go with all four and roll with it!

The BEST Holiday Punch Recipe

Each year during the holidays and at Christmas on the farm, my grandparents would make the traditional punch, in a 5-gallon bucket.

I kid you not. A big white bucket, a ladle, and serve it in solo cups. (Sometimes I think that added to the nostalgia of the punch, but I figured I better spruce up the serving container for it to be a little more “Pinterest,” worthy for you!)

The BEST Punch Recipe for Any Party: made with Sprite (or lemon-lime soda), pineapple juice, kool-aid, sugar, and water! So easy, and the best ever!

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Punch Ingredients:

Using a handful of ingredients, and AFFORDABLE ingredients at that… it’s easy to whip up this punch recipe for a crowd. (Think family gathering, holiday parties, play dates, summer time picnics, potlucks and so much more!)

This Fruit Punch Recipe Uses:

  • Sprite (or lemon-lime soda)
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Packets of Kool-aid (Orange, lemon, strawberry and cherry)
  • Sugar
  • Water

It. Is. Sweet.

With sugar in the soda, sugar in the pineapple juice, and the added sugar in the recipe, you can count on any sweet tooth loving this punch recipe, and it’s a fruit punch recipe that your guests (kids and adults) will LOVE.

But if you want to cut back on the sugar a bit (I sure as heck wouldn’t recommend it), you always can. Give it a whirl the way we have it first, and then adjust it the next time.

With packets of kool-aid, lemon-lime soda (I use Sprite), and pineapple juice, this recipe combines some of the tastiest flavors around.

Tips for How to Serve Punch:

If you’re serving this for a large crowd, making it ahead of time is ideal! However, here are some tips to make it the BEST…

Add Sprite Just Before Serving:

Don’t add the lemon-lime soda, or Sprite until right before serving. This is to retain the carbonation of the soda, to give the punch a little “fizz.”

Serve in a Pretty Drink Dispenser

This recipe fits in a 2-gallon drink dispenser and can fit inside my refrigerator to keep chilled.

However, it can be served over ice, so if placing in a punch bowl before the party is more your style, that’s completely doable.

Garnish Your Punch

For each serving, it’s fun to garnish with a cute drink stirrer or actually, a sprig of rosemary looks FABULOUS for the holidays. OR rim the glass like I did for the Red Apple Martini’s here.

Red Apple Martini Recipe with Coconut Rim. It looks like an upside down Santa hat. So cute!

If serving in the Summer, easily garnish with mint, or additional fruit/leafy garnish like I did at our Favorite Things party HERE!

Drink Garnishes for Summer Outdoor Party

Party Punch Tip

If you plan to make your punch ahead of time, freeze some of it into ice cube trays (I’d say 1-2 trays) and before the party starts, empty the punch cubes into the punch so when they melt… it won’t water down your punch!

This way it will keep it cold, and still flavorful!

Like Easy Punch Recipes? You’re in Luck!

This recipe is incredibly easy, and “forgiving,” in case you’re short an ingredient, or want to change things up a bit. Feel free to experiment a little and add or take away anything you like! Now THAT’S simple.

Alcoholic?

Not this version. But although I’m no bartender, feel free to experiment with adding a bit of liquor like vodka, or wine to kick things up a bit!

The BEST Punch Recipe for Any Party: made with Sprite (or lemon-lime soda), pineapple juice, kool-aid, sugar, and water! So easy, and the best ever!

If Making This Punch for a Party…

Then I can’t help but share my favorite party appetizers with you, ESPECIALLY my ever so popular for parties, guacamole recipe in case you need easy recipes to feed your guests!

The BEST Punch Recipe for Any Party: made with Sprite (or lemon-lime soda), pineapple juice, kool-aid, sugar, and water! So easy, and the best ever!
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BEST Punch Recipe

The BEST Punch Recipe for Any Party: Made with Sprite (or lemon-lime soda), pineapple juice, kool-aid, sugar, and water!  So simple & easy, and the best fruit punch ever! 
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword holiday punch, punch made with sprite, punch recipes, simple punch recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 32 servings (2 gallons)
Calories 84kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 package each Kool-Aid mix: Orange, Lemon, Cherry and Strawberry (small packets of each flavor – and the pkgs. that say it will make 2 quarts)
  • 1 Gallon water
  • 3.5 cups sugar super fine if possible, but not necessary
  • 1 46 oz. can pineapple juice
  • 1 2 liter bottle lemon-lime soda

Instructions

  • Mix together all ingredients EXCEPT lemon-lime soda.
  • Right before serving, add in the lemon-lime soda
  • Serve chilled or over ice.

Notes

Optional: I love serving mine in an adorable drink dispenser that I can stick right in the fridge if we’re left with any leftovers! 
MAKE AHEAD TIP: If you plan to make your punch ahead of time, freeze some of it into ice cube trays (I’d say 1-2 trays) and before the party starts, empty the punch cubes into the punch so when they melt… it won’t water down your punch!
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving (8 ounces) | Calories: 84kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Sodium: 6mg | Sugar: 21g | Calcium: 4mg

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I so hope you enjoy this recipe, and it becomes a tradition every year for you too!

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56 thoughts on “Punch Recipe: Best Fruit Punch

  1. Lynn Cain says:

    5 stars
    Made this last year and year before that and I have it in my fridge for today’s celebration. My family and I love this! Thanks for a yummy, non alcoholic punch!

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh I’m so glad that you all love it as much as we do! Thank you so much for sharing and letting me know! 🙂

  2. Boyd Kobe says:

    5 stars
    Well, now I have plenty of ideas what to bring to a party I’m attending! These look great, thank you.

  3. Sandra B says:

    Hi..I’ve been making a punch similar to this for years now. I use lemon kool-aid, fruit punch kool-aid, pineapple juice (regular or no sugar added) and diet 7 Up. Did not use any water. I made this at a retirement party for one of my co-workers and everyone loved it!! And asked for the recipe. I may add a little water the next time I make it.

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh good!! I’m so glad that it went over well!! Thank you for taking the time to comment and let me know. 🙂

  4. Tammy Hickey says:

    Do I mix the kool aid packets with water to add in?

    1. Jessica says:

      Hi Tammy! You don’t actually make the kool-aid before adding it in. You just pour the kool-aid packets into the punch mixture. I hope that helps!

  5. Debbie says:

    5 stars
    Our family has made this for years and love it! We have only used only used strawberry koolaid but may have to try the multi packs. One thing we do differently is freeze it overnight except for the sprite which we add in just before serving as suggested. Then we take it out of the freezer 30 minutes before and use a wooden spoon to chop it up to a slushy consistency before adding to a punch bowl or container. Important thing to remember is not to freeze it in a container with a small opening or you won’t be able to chop it up.

    1. Jessica says:

      Ooooh my goodness! We have never tried freezing it, but we totally will! Thank you so much for these tips… I can’t wait to try it!

  6. JC says:

    5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe several times for occasions where I knew there would be diabetics in attendance. It is great made with the sugar omitted and the diet or no sugar added version of each ingredient. Taste it after adding the diet Sprite or 7-Up, if it’s a little too tart add a few packets of Stevia sweetener and taste again. Thanks for the great flavor combo!

    1. Jessica says:

      Awww!!! This is so amazing! Thank you so much for sharing a sugar-free version! I may just have to add that to the blog post for others!! You’re the best!

      1. Edye Lamun says:

        🌈❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️👏👏👏👏👏 I’m a raging diabetic and love this!

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