|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 1g||1%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||2%|
|Total Carbohydrate 21g||8%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||2%|
|Total Sugars 18g|
|Vitamin C 15mg||76%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
This sherbet punch is a favorite family recipe that has been enjoyed on many special occasions. It is also called a wedding punch, and it has a brilliant green color that can suit a variety of events, including Halloween, showers, graduations, or anytime you need an easy, fun punch to satisfy a crowd—without alcohol.
Interestingly, punch is considered to be the earliest cocktail. It's believed to come from the Hindi word for "five," in reference to its five elements: sour (lime or lemon), sugar, spirit (rum, brandy, or arrack), water, and spice (nutmeg). Of course, not all punches contain those five ingredients per se; this one is for kids, so it skips the spirit, as you'd expect but gets a little spicy taste from the ginger ale. But consider passing on this tidbit of history as the kids sip—they're drinking something that's believed to date back to 1632.
History lesson aside, many things about this punch make it a winner. Kids love it, it is easy to put together, and it has a great look. Beyond the color, the reaction of the ginger ale with the sherbet creates a bubbling foam that tops it off perfectly; gather a crowd around as you pour for maximum visual effect.
"You’ll enjoy serving this fun punch at any family gathering! I couldn’t find lime sherbet, so I used rainbow. The kids and adults I served it to kept skimming the foam off from the punch bowl and adding it to their drinks. I'm not sure who enjoyed it more, the kids or the adults!" —Diana Andrews
1 (12-ounce) can frozen limeade concentrate, partially thawed
1 (12-ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate, partially thawed
4 1/2 cups water
1 quart lime sherbet, softened
2 (2-liter) bottles chilled ginger ale
Green food coloring, optional
Gather the ingredients.
In a large pitcher or bowl, whisk limeade and lemonade concentrates and water. Add softened lime sherbet, green food coloring, if using, and whisk until combined.
Pour over a large block of ice or ice cubes in a punch bowl.
Top with ginger ale just before serving.
The green color makes this a classic punch that many of us grew up with, but there's no reason to keep it green. You can vary the kind of sherbet if you like and use orange, lemon, or raspberry instead. Raspberry with lime would be delicious, and orange with lime and lemon would make for a powerfully citrus-forward approach. Try it with rainbow sherbet and pineapple juice for a fun twist.
Garnish the punch with fresh fruit such as slices of lemons, limes, oranges, or wedges of pineapple.