22 Simple And Perfect Punch Recipes For Kids' Party

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Punches are easy-to-prepare, refreshing beverages that children can relish across meals and on different occasions. So here are some interesting punch recipes for kids that you can prepare ahead of time by freezing into cubes. Later, add these punch cubes to a solvent to make a quick punch!

You can make a tasty punch in several ways. Most punch recipes use fresh, homemade ingredients, such as ginger ale, as the solvent, while some use sparkling water or soda. However, there are no hard-and-fast rules. You can get innovative and replace sodas with healthier alternatives such as lemon or coconut water.

20+ Punch Recipes For Kids

1. Lemony fruit cooler

Lemony Fruit Cooler punch recipe for kids

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You will need:

  • 1l club soda (chilled)
  • 4 cups white grape juice (chilled)
  • 1 medium orange (halved and sliced)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup strawberries (sliced)
  • ½ cup fresh peaches (sliced)
  • Ice cubes (optional)

How to make:

  • In a pitcher, mix the lemon juice and sugar until the sugar dissolves.
  • Then, add the club soda and the fruits, mix well, and serve chilled.

2. Goosebumps punch

Goosebumps punch recipe for kids

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You will need:

  • 3l lemon soda (chilled)
  • 12 drops of green food coloring (FDA approved, preferably organic)
  • 30 homemade green jello worms or gummy worms
  • 1qt rainbow sherbet

How to make:

  • In a large bowl, combine the lemon soda and green food coloring.
  • Add the sherbet slowly.
  • Add half of the gummy worms into the bowl.
  • Serve the punch by decorating each glass with the leftover gummy worms.

3. Party punch

Party punch recipe for kids

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You will need:

  • 2l soda
  • 1.75l orange juice (pulp-free)
  • 4 cans of pineapple in pineapple juice (sliced)
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 2 cups strawberries (chopped)
  • Ice cubes (optional)

How to make:

  • In a jar, combine all the liquids, including the pineapple juice.
  • Add the fruit and ice cubes to each glass and pour the chilled juice on top.
  • Garnish with mint leaves and serve.

4. Pink party punch

Pink Party punch recipe for kids

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You will need:

  • 1l cranberry juice
  • 1l orange juice
  • 1l pineapple juice
  • 2l ginger ale or sprite

How to make:

  • In a pitcher, combine the juices. Pour half of the mixed juice into an ice cube tray and freeze it.
  • Add the ginger ale to the remaining juice in the pitcher.
  • To serve, add a few juice cubes to each glass and pour the ginger ale mixture on top. You could also serve it with fresh lemon wedges.

5. Mango lemonade

Mango Lemonade punch recipe for kids

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You will need:

  • 7 cups water
  • ¾ cup sugar (granulated)
  • 2 large mangos (peeled and cubed)
  • 6 tbsp lemon juice (freshly squeezed)

How to make:

  • Place a saucepan over a medium flame. Add the sugar and one cup of water and stir until the sugar dissolves. Then, remove it from the heat and let it cool.
  • Meanwhile, blend the mango with five cups of water and strain the juice into a pitcher.
  • Into the same pitcher, add the remaining water, lemon juice, and sugar syrup. Chill the juice before serving.

6. Creamy Hawaiian punch

Creamy Hawaiian punch recipe for kids

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You will need:

  • 1l Hawaiian punch
  • 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream (softened)

How to make:

  • Blend the Hawaiian punch and ice cream well.
  • Serve it immediately.

7. Rainbow spritzer

Rainbow Spritzer punch recipe for kids

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You will need:

  • ½ cup fresh blueberries
  • ½ cup kiwifruit (chopped and peeled)
  • ½ cup fresh pineapple (chopped)
  • ½ cup fresh strawberries or raspberries (sliced)
  • 1 cup ginger ale (chilled)
  • ½ cup unsweetened pineapple juice (chilled)
  • ½ cup lemonade (chilled)

How to make:

  • In a pitcher, combine the liquids.
  • Layer the fruits in tall glasses and pour the juice over them.
  • Serve chilled.

8. Watermelon lemonade

Watermelon Lemonade punch recipe for kids

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You will need:

  • 4 cups watermelon (seedless and cubed)
  • Mint leaves 10-12
  • 3½ cups cold water
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice
  • Soaked chia seeds ( optional)
  • Ice cubes (optional)

How to make:

  • Blend the watermelon and mint leaves until smooth, and strain the juice if needed.
  • Heat half a cup of water in a saucepan, add the sugar and heat it until the sugar dissolves.
  • In a jar, add the lemon juice to the remaining water and mix in the prepared sugar syrup.
  • To serve, fill a tall glass with ice cubes. Pour the watermelon juice first, then 1 tsp of pre-soaked chia seeds, followed by the lemon juice. Stir gently and serve.

9. Fizzy orange float

Fizzy Orange Float punch recipe for kids

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You will need:

  • 2½ cups vanilla ice cream
  • ½ of an orange (sliced and deseeded)
  • ½ l orange soda

How to make:

  • Add some vanilla ice cream to each glass and pour the orange soda over it.
  • Top them with the orange slices, stir gently, and serve.

10. Sparkling punch

Sparkling punch recipe for kids

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You will need:

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 6oz unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 6oz apple juice
  • 12oz lemon soda

How to make:

  • Combine the juices in a large pitcher. Pour it into an ice tray and freeze it.
  • To serve, fill each glass with the flavored ice cubes. Pour in the lemon soda before serving.

11. Raspberry sherbet party punch

Raspberry Sherbet Party punch recipe for kids

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You will need:

  • 2l club soda (chilled)
  • 6–8 scoops of raspberry sherbet ice cream
  • 12oz frozen fruit punch (thawed)
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • Frozen raspberries (optional)
  • Pineapple slices (optional)

How to make:

  • Scoop the ice cream onto a baking tray lined with plastic film. Freeze the scoops until ready to serve.
  • In a pitcher, combine the liquids.
  • Pour the juice into glasses and garnish them with the frozen scoops, pineapple slices, and raspberries before serving.

12. Citrus slush

Citrus Slush punch recipe for kids

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You will need:

  • 2½ cups sugar or sugar syrup or stevia drops
  • 1 pack of lemon gelatin
  • 1 pack of pineapple gelatin
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 12oz frozen pineapple juice concentrate (thawed)
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1 envelope of unsweetened lemonade Kool-Aid mix
  • 10 cups cold water
  • 2l ginger ale (chilled)
  • Lime slices (optional)

How to make:

  • In a large bowl, dissolve the sugar and gelatin packets in boiling water. Add the pineapple juice concentrate, cold water, and Kool-Aid mix.
  • Chill the bowl but mix the contents occasionally.
  • Before serving, slush the mixture and add equal scoops to all the glasses.
  • Pour ginger-ale over the slush and garnish with a lemon slice.

13. Berry punch

Berry punch recipe for kids

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You will need:

  • 2l club soda (chilled)
  • 1l ginger ale (chilled)
  • 16oz frozen sweetened sliced strawberries (thawed)
  • 12oz frozen lemonade concentrate (thawed)
  • 12oz frozen cranberry juice concentrate (thawed)

How to make:

  • Blend the strawberries well.
  • In a pitcher, combine the rest of the ingredients.
  • To serve, scoop a bit of the strawberry puree into each glass and fill it with the prepared cocktail.

14. Pumpkin apple fruit punch

Pumpkin Apple Fruit punch recipe for kids

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You will need:

  • 4 cups apple juice
  • 2 cups sparkling water
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup honey or maple syrup
  • Crushed ice

How to make:

  • Fill a pitcher with the apple juice, pumpkin puree, and honey or maple syrup
  • Once combined, add the soda.
  • To serve, fill each glass with the crushed ice and pour the punch over it.
  • You could garnish with cherries before serving.

15. Bubbly witch’s brew

Bubbly witch’s brew

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You will need:

  • 1qt lime sherbet
  • 2l ginger ale (chilled)
  • 1 cup pineapple juice (chilled)
  • ¼ cup lime juice (freshly squeezed)
  • Green food coloring (optional)

How to make:

  • Combine all the liquids, and add the food coloring to this juice.
  • Slowly add the sherbet and stir gently.
  • Add some dry ice for a spooky effect.

16. Patriotic punch

Patriotic punch

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You will need:

  • 2 cups cranberry juice
  • 2 cups virgin pina colada (store-bought or homemade)
  • 2 cups soda with FDA-approved blue food coloring
  • Crushed ice

How to make:

  • Fill each glass with the crushed ice.
  • Fill up to one-third of the glass with the juice with the highest sugar content. Tilt the glass while pouring to create colorful layers.
  • Pour the other juice next and fill up to two-thirds. This time, pour it over the ice without tilting.
  • Lastly, pour the blue-colored soda and serve.

17. Celebration punch

Celebration punch

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You will need:

  • 1l ginger ale (chilled)
  • 2 packs of frozen sweetened sliced strawberries (thawed)
  • 4 cans of apricot nectar
  • 3 cups cold water
  • 1¾ cups orange juice
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • ¾ cup orange juice concentrate
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries (halved)
  • Fresh mint leaves

How to make:

  • In a bowl, combine the orange juice and water.
  • In a ring mold, pour half of the orange juice mixture, top it with the fresh strawberries and mint, and freeze it. Once frozen, pour in the remaining orange juice and freeze again.
  • Blend the thawed strawberries and pour the mixture into a large bowl. Ensure that this bowl is larger than the ring mold.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the pureed strawberries.
  • Place the frozen orange juice ring in the bowl before serving. Spoon out the punch into glasses as required.

18. Ocean water

Ocean water

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You will need:

  • 2 cans of lemon-lime seltzer water
  • 2 tbsp Torani coconut syrup
  • ½ tbsp Torani blue raspberry syrup
  • Blue food coloring (optional)
  • Ice

How to make:

  • Into a pitcher, combine all the ingredients except the ice.
  • In a mason jar, add the crushed ice.
  • Drench the ice with the prepared juice. Decorate it with a mini-umbrella for a beach-like feel.

19. Fruited punch

Fruited punch

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You will need:

  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1½ cups water
  • 2l ginger ale (chilled)
  • 3 cups strong brewed tea (chilled)
  • 3 cups cold orange juice
  • 3 cups cold unsweetened pineapple juice
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 3 cups fresh strawberries (thinly sliced)

How to make:

  • Dissolve the sugar in boiling water. Then, cool it in a refrigerator.
  • Once cooled, add the remaining ingredients to it.
  • Add the sliced strawberries to each glass and pour in the punch.

20. Purim party punch

Purim party punch

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You will need:

  • 2 bananas (sliced)
  • 3 cups fresh pineapple (cut into chunks)
  • 1pt fresh strawberries (hulled and sliced)
  • 1½ qt rainbow sherbet (softened)
  • 2l lemon-lime soda
  • 64oz fruit punch (chilled)

How to make:

  • Spread plastic wrap on a baking tray and spread the banana slices on it. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze until serving time.
  • In a punch bowl, place the frozen banana slices at the bottom. Top it with the sliced pineapple and strawberries.
  • Pour the fruit punch on top, followed by the sherbet.
  • Gently pour the soda over the sherbet and stir slightly.
  • To serve, add a bit of fruit to each glass, followed by the punch.

21. Cotton candy punch

Cotton candy punch

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You will need:

  • 3oz cotton candy
  • 2l strawberry ginger ale
  • Ice cubes (optional)

How to make:

  • Distribute the cotton candy equally in each glass.
  • Pour the ginger ale over the candy.
  • Stir it and serve immediately.

22. Tropical cooler

Tropical cooler

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You will need:

  • 1 bottle of cranberry juice (chilled)
  • 1l ginger ale (chilled)
  • 1 cup tropical fruit punch (chilled)
  • 1 cup orange juice (chilled)
  • Assorted fresh fruit or edible flowers (optional)

How to make:

  • Combine all the ingredients into a punch bowl.
  • Pour the desired amount into a glass and garnish with the fresh fruits or edible flowers before serving.

The refreshing taste of these punches may keep your children wanting more. And who’s to say, you may also get tempted by their exciting colors. So gather all the ingredients for these punch recipes for kids and get ready for your next party.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What’s the difference between juice and punch?

Juice is generally made from the pulp of single fruit. A punch, believed to be derived from the Hindi word Panch or Paanch, meaning five, is a blend of several fruit juices.

2. Can I make a punch ahead of time?

You may make a punch ahead of time and refrigerate by following the usual preparation steps without adding the carbonated drink, stir-ins, or ice ring. Add these right before serving.

Infographic: Why Are Homemade Fruit Punches A Better Choice

Occasional intake of commercial fruit punch isn’t a cause for concern generally. However, making fruit punch at home has several upsides. Check out this infographic to know why making fruit punch at home is a good choice.

commercial vs homemade fruit punch [infographic]
Illustration: MomJunction Design Team

Key Pointers

  • Use lemon juice, oranges, strawberries, and other easily available ingredients to make refreshing lemony fruit coolers.
  • Mix cranberry, orange, and pineapple juice with some ginger ale or sprite to prepare a delightful pink party punch.
  • Blend mangoes, lemon juice, sugar, and water to enjoy chilled mango lemonade.
  • Watermelon lemonade, sparkling punch, and many other delicious punch recipes for children are given below.

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