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!
It’s quite fun to be sharing the BEST punch recipe with you all today. Perhaps it’s because it’s one of the most delicious childhood memories that I had as a little girl, or because it literally is the best punch I’ve ever had. We’ll go with both, and roll with it.
The BEST Punch Recipe
Each year at Christmas time, 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!)
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The Punch Details:
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. But if you want to cut back on the sugar a bit (I sure as heck wouldn’t recommend it), you always can. But 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.
Don’t add the lemon-lime soda until right before serving. This is to retain the carbonation of the soda, to give the punch a little “fizzz.”
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.
I love the way this punch looks in a drink dispenser, topped with sliced fruit. For each serving, garnishing with a cute drink stirrer or sprig of rosemary looks FABULOUS for the holidays. OR rim the glass like I did for the Red Apple Martini’s here.
If serving in the Summer, easily garnish with mint, or additional fruit/leafy garnish like I did at our Favorite Things party HERE!
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!
- 1 pkg of each kool-aid mix: Orange, Lemon, Cherry & Strawberry (the small packets)
- 1 Gallon of Water
- 3.5 cups of sugar (super fine if possible, but not necessary)
- 1 46 oz. can of pineapple juice
- 1 - 2 liter bottle of lemon-lime soda
- Mix together all ingredients EXCEPT lemon-lime soda.
- Right before serving, add in the lemon-lime soda
- Serve chilled or over ice
I so hope you enjoy this recipe, and it becomes a tradition every year for you too!
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