These punch recipes are perfect for special occasions. From color-changing punch to Harry Potter-style butterbeer. Wash down your winter banquets with these 5 delicious concoctions:
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1. Orange Sherbet Punch
If you want a 10-minute punch that every child will love (and most adults) this super-sweet solution should be your go-to option. With only a few easy-to-get and low-cost ingredients required, this sweet tooth punch is perfect if you’re on a budget or have left things to the last minute (like I always do).
- 3-oz package of orange gelatine
- 64-oz orange juice
- 1-liter sprite
- 46-oz pineapple juice
- 1-liter sprite
- 1-quart orange sherbet
Step One: In a saucepan, add 1 cup of the pineapple juice and over a moderate heat bring to a boil. Once boiling, stir in the orange gelatine until fully dissolved.
Step Two: Remove the pineapple juice from the heat, let it cool for a couple of minutes before adding to a punch bowl.
Step Three: Add the orange juice and remaining pineapple juice to the punch bowl. Place in the refrigerator to chill.
Step Four: When ready to serve, add the Sprite and mix. Topping with scoops of orange sherbet for that extra sweetness and texture.
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2. Cranberry Surprise
If you’re a practical joker, this punch’s party piece will be a definite conversation starter. In this recipe, you’ll add a floating ice hand to the blood-red punch. Expect lots of questions to be asked yet it’s perfect to stop a faculty party from being dull.
- 64-oz of cranberry juice
- 32-oz of ginger ale (or soda water)
- 64-oz of apple juice
- A handful of gummy sweet
- 1 teaspoon of red food coloring
- A latex glove and room in your freezer
Step-One: Fill the rubber glove with bottled water and tie the end, making sure it is leak proof.
Step-Two: Place the glove in your freezer for 1-2 days, or until frozen.
Step-Three: To make the punch, put the gummy treats in a bowl and add the remaining ingredients. Between the cranberry juice and red food coloring, it will look bloody.
Step-Four: Cut away the latex glove from the ice to leave the hand shape.
Step-Five: Place the ice into the punch to make it look like a severed-hand floating in blood.
3. Butterbeer Punch
If you’re in a home of Harry Potter fans this butterbeer punch recipe is the perfect tipple. Not only is it a fan favorite, but it’s also a non-alcoholic deliciously sweet treat.
Ingredients for the whipped topping
- 2 cups of cream
- 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons of melted butter
- Butterscotch syrup
Ingredients for the punch
- 6 cans of cream soda
- 3 cans of seltzer
- 4 cups of white grape juice
Step One: In a large bowl mix the cream, brown sugar, along with vanilla extract. Use a hand mixer to whip the mixture until you see a soft foam
Step Two: In a punch bowl, add the cream soda, cans of seltzer, and white grape juice
Step Three: Pour the punch bowl mix into glasses for serving and add the whipped topping
Step Four: Add sugar and butterscotch syrup to the top of each glass and serve.
4. Color-Changing Non-Alcoholic Margarita
This punch is a fantastic way to bring some theatre to your party, and best of all, this version is Tequilla free and family-friendly.
- 2 cups of purple cabbage, sliced into pieces
- 4 cups of boiling water
- 8 ounce of cactus juice
- 4 ounces of triple sec syrup
- 3 ounces of fresh lime juice
- 1 cup of lemonade
- 4 slices of lime for garnishing
- Half cup of kosher salt for the rim of glasses
Step One: Put the cabbage in a large heatproof bowl and add the hot water. Let the water turn deep blue, this may take 5-minutes
Step Two: Remove the cabbage and keep the blue water
Step Three: Pour the water into an ice tray and let it freeze
Step Four: Take an empty pitcher and mix cactus juice, triple sec syrup, lime juice, and the lemonade
Step Five: Take the lime slices and rub them on the rim of the glasses to make them wet. After this, sprinkle on the salt
Step Six: Before serving, add the deep blue ice cubes to the pitcher and slices of lime (as the ice melts the color of the drink will change)
5. Purple-Aid Punch
This purple-colored punch recipe can be made alcoholic for adults or non-alcoholic for kids. Due to its simplicity, this is the perfect concoction for a quick punch that’s befitting any get-together.
- 1 liter of pineapple juice
- 1 liter of pomegranate juice
- 2 liters of ginger ale. You may use some other lemon-lime soda if you don’t like ginger
- WITH ALCOHOL: 1 half bottle of rum (add to taste)
- WITHOUT ALCOHOL: Substitute the half bottle of rum for a mix of white grape juice and apple juice
Step One: Get a clean punch bowl
Step Two: Add pineapple juice, 1 liter of ginger ale or lemon-lime soda, 1/2 bottle of rum or an equal amount of white grape and apple juice
Step Three: Continue adding your ginger ale or lemon-lime soda to taste
Step Four: Finally add your 1 liter of pomegranate juice to taste
Step Five: Serve with ice.