The BEST party punch

The Best Party Punch | | Next time you host a big party, you NEED to make this punch! It’s so good!

Welcome: Tiffany who blogs at the Would-Be Writers Guild here to share the BEST party punch recipe. She is a freelance writer, wife, mama, kitchen dancer, and carb enthusiast. She is also a regular contributor at Mrs. Fields Secrets blog and one of my favorite daily reads. She will make you laugh, cry and want to master the web cam self portrait.


First of all, Happy Biggie Birthday to one of my favorite blogs! Kami does a fabulous job of presenting ingenious ideas in a way that seems accessible to everyone. You know, like it’s no biggie. From watermelon stars to glitter toes to owls-are-the-new-rooster, there’s always something great to learn here. But, you already know that!

I’m thrilled to guest post today for Kami and share a favorite punch recipe I developed in my special Punch Laboratory (sometimes called my kitchen). The key to this punch is the pebble ice, so it will be worth your while to track some down. The other ingredients you can play around with and substitute if you can’t find exactly what it calls for.

OK, are you ready?

The Party Punch
1 can frozen piña colada concentrate, thawed (Bacardi makes a good one)
1 can frozen orange pineapple juice concentrate, thawed
4 liters of diet lemon-lime soda (That’s two 2-liters for the mathematically challenged.)
1 bag of pebble ice (You can buy it at Sonic Drive-In or at most grocery stores in the deli or meat departments.)
1 bag of frozen raspberries

Pour the thawed concentrates into your punchbowl and stir.
Use one of the empty cans and fill it with water four times and add it to the mixture. Stir.
Add your diet soda to the mixture. (You can use regular sugar-filled soda if you want, but I think it gets too sweet and you will also feel guilty when you fill your glass for the sixteenth time. Which you WILL.)
Next, add about half your bag of pebble ice.
(NOTE: Please do not insult The Punch by using crappy ice cubes from your freezer. The Punch will hate you forever.)
(ANOTHER NOTE: Please do not screw up the order and add the ice before the soda. You will get an ugly foam at the top of your punch bowl.)
(ONE MORE NOTE: I’m sorry if it seems like I’m micro-managing this recipe. It’s just that I have already suffered bad punch experiences so that you won’t have to. I micro-manage because I care.)
Let’s see….where were we? Oh, yes. We’re ready for the crowning ingredient…
Add your frozen raspberries to the top.

Congratulations! You have just created the Mona Lisa of Punch!

Your punch should be a lovely dark yellow at the bottom of your punch bowl, light lemony yellow in middle, almost white on the top, and then bright magenta on the very, very top! So pretty!

And then, when you start serving the punch with a ladle, it all mixes together and becomes this dreamy pink color. And then, when you lift the punch bowl to your lips when it is almost gone to swallow the last few drops of punch, it is an even darker pink because the raspberries have really mixed in.

And then, when you pass out on the floor because you tipped the punch bowl too far and lost your balance, falling backward to the floor with the punch bowl hitting you square in the jaw, you will see lots of lovely yellow stars and magenta raspberries floating above your head. Beautiful!

One more note—you can find the punch bowl featured here at your local Target or Wal-Mart. Usually on the bottom shelf in the housewares department. It comes with a lid and will cost you about $12.

Go now. Make Punch.

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*Update – This recipe originally posted July, 2010. We are sharing again for new readers. We’re still crazy for this delicious party punch, and 2010 was forever ago!


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  1. Hil says

    This is seriously the BEST punch ever. I served it at our girls night a few months ago and it's a good thing it doesn't have alcohol in it… as everyone had at LEAST 5 cup fulls of this delicious drink!

    • Robin says

      Making this punch for a shower tomorrow, it looks yummmmyyyyyyyy.Found the punch bowl at Wal-Mart thanks for that info also :)

  2. marta says

    mm.m mm. mm. can't wait to give this a try. thank you kami and tiff. two cute for words. that is you and her. xo.

  3. Sarah says

    (I deleted my comment, because I realized I didn't read the whole thing fully.) But this sounds divine. My grandma was the queen of punches. We'd always ask her what was in it and she would say, "Oh I don't know, just some juice and soda." Well, now we have one recipe to carry out her legacy!

  4. Vanessa says

    Yes Mam I WILL go make this punch, adding all the stuff to my grocery list.


  5. Kahler and Katy says

    I love "would be writer's guild" and i LOOOVE her punch! i actually made it earlier this spring for a baby shower and it was SUCH a hit!

    (my husband worried a little when he saw the pina colada mixer going into BABY SHOWER punch… i just let him go with it.)

  6. Becky, yep says

    I love Tiffany! From our first hug to our love of Hip and Humble (I did go buy the love birds, I know, I copy those I love!)
    I knew we'd be blog sisters, hey she even loves me even though I quit!

  7. Megan @ Megity's Handmade says

    Okay chickies, I just made this punch last night for a bridal shower I threw and it was a hit! It's YUMMY! Everyone raved about the delicious punch! Also, be sure to follow her directions and then not absent mindly answer your helpers when they ask what they can do and you say put the ice in the drink before the soda. It's really a frothy mess. Still tasty, tasty, tasty though!

  8. Jennica says

    I just found this yummy looking punch from pinterest… I totally know Tiffany… small world. I can’t wait to try it.

    • bev says

      check the meat department at your local grocery. i learned they have their own ice machine and they actually gave be the ice…..about 3 baggies full.

    • angie says

      you can buy the ice by the bag at most sonic drive ins or Dairy Queens, I cant find the recipe to this where is it lcated

  9. jodie says

    Made it. Loved it. Still drinking it! Want to make it all the time :) thanks so much for the recipe!!! (P.S. i couldnt find pebble ice but found some really tiny rectangles at a gas station and it worked out great! So just find the smallest ice you can)

  10. Stephanie says

    I really want to make this for a Bridal shower i’m throwing.. BUT one problem I need it to have alcohol in it.. Has anyone tried putting alcohol and what would be the best kind or does alcohol completely ruin it??? HELP! looks so yummy!

    • jodie says

      Malibu rum (to compliment the pina colada concentrate) would be best (i think that malibu rum would make this punch “sneaky”. The kind where you have a couple of glasses and then your feelin pretty buzzed) if you want to avoid the “sneaky drinky” effect go with an unflavored vodka or rum :)

  11. bev says

    I made this tonight for our annual cookie exchange party. These ladies are really wine drinkers so I wasn’t sure how it would go over. WOWOW!! We dubbed it “Rum Joy”…added about a quart of rum. OH YUM!!!!!! It is a fabulous that will become a regular at our parties. THANKS for passing it along.

  12. Vicki says

    Oh my gosh! I use this recipe for parties and whatever activities! I call it JUNGLE JUICE. I use either FRESCA or SQUIRT. I do admit I have not used the pebbled ice…I’ll have to try that! Thanks Tiff for sharing. 😀

  13. Deebi27 says

    Do I really have to have a party…Noooooooo! I am thinking at my earliest convience I need to make this yumminess! Yep, going to the store in a couple of days and this will be a done deal! Thanks!

  14. Danielle says

    Has anyone tried making this with regular soda instead of diet? Is it too sweet? I know the recipe calls for diet…but I hate the fake sugar aftertaste of diet drinks lol.

  15. Angie says

    Does anyone know how many people this will serve? I’m having a party for about 26 people…should I double this recipe (in other words, plan to refill bowl?)

  16. Laura says

    Seriously THEE BEST punch I have ever had!! I made it for a party and almost every single person asked if they could have the recipe! They LUUUUVVVVEEEDD IT!!!! I did add a several pineapple wedges mostly for looks. Sometimes those ‘secret recipes’ dont always get shared because they’re just that good. Thank you ever soooo much for sharing.

  17. Joyusone says

    This punch was a HUGE hit yesterday at a birthday party I through. Luckily I didn’t get clocked by the punch bowl when I tipped it back to drink from it at the end of the evening (I really didn’t do that, the punch was gone way before the end of the party, but I would have; Ha!). Thanks for the recipe and the post was hilarious!

  18. Tanya Stephens says

    I was wondering if anyone tried to color it? I want to make it but I need blue for a birthday party…I’m afraid if I add blue food coloring it will be more green, any suggestions?

    • says

      Just try it! 

      The frozen raspberries make it red or pink, so maybe swap them out for lime slices or blue berries with the blue food coloring?? Try it. 

  19. Elizabeth says

    Oh yum! I’m kinda thinking I might combine this punch recipe I stumbled upon on Pinterest with another idea I happened to find there. Tell me what you think. The idea was to make pre-mixed drinks in mason jars, and jam them down in a big ice-bucket server thing. You know, like a washtub, or other large open container like that. So if I did that, would this recipe work if I mixed the punch, then poured it into the jars, and THEN added the ice and raspberries to each jar individually?

    • says

      Hi Elizabeth!

      I don’t think it would be as good, because it’s all the ice that melts into the punch that helps dilute the concentrates of the punch mixes that makes it so good.

      What if you still served them in the cute mason jars, but had them off to the side?

      • Elizabeth says

        That might be what I end up doing, Kami. My thought was that we have a big porch where we entertain a lot, and sometimes it gets pretty hot out there. Putting the already made punch with ice and raspberries on more ice seemed like a good way to keep them cold. Perhaps I’ll need to do a trial run before I actually have guests to try this out on…? :) Thanks!

  20. Kayci says

    This was seriously the BEST punch EVER! WE had about 30 adults at dinner last night and it served everyone at least twice, if not three times!

  21. Michelle Cooper says

    I am trying to find the pebble ice. No luck in Jersey. Any other suggestions. Can I just keep breaking up the ice in the refrig?

  22. Carla says

    I just went to Walmart and purchased this jar! it gorgeous and huge!! Do you have to double the recpe to fill the jar? Recipe looks awesome. Going to put a bottle of rum beside bowl since we have non alcohlic drinkers coming as well!

  23. Terri says

    Made this for a baby shower today (actually made two batches) and it was a huge hit. I added Malibu rum to it for an extra kick!

  24. Rose says

    For those striking out on the ice: they have the pebbled ice in the soda machine at Costco if you only need a little. You could purchase a few drink cups at the foodcourt and instead of filling them with soda, you could fill them with ice.

  25. Misty says

    When you say a bag of ice, exactly how big of a bag are you suggesting? And why does it have to be people ice, is this just for looks or will it change the taste? Thanks!

    • says

      It’s about a 5 lb bag of ice.

      by “people” do you mean pebble? Because yes!! The small type of ice whether you call it pebble or pellet ice, makes this party punch the best!

  26. Theresa says

    Having a 40th birthday party (outside) and am looking for a “drink in buld”…this sounds delicious. So….how much Malibu do you think I should add and would it be in addition to all the existing ingredients?

  27. Jamie says

    Hi I’m gonna do a test run on punch tomorrow, I couldn’t find right container so I got one of those with spout, question how will it taste if people put the pebble ice in cup then pour drink from spout

  28. Laura says

    Serioulsly THEE best punch I have ever tried!!!!!!!!! Omy goodness! Awsomeness. I use Mr & Mr T’s Pina Colada drink mix found at Winco. Always get many requests for this punch!

  29. jodie says

    Same happened to me after a few hours. I just stirred up up when it went all weird, then it would go back to beautiful

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