Recipe | Party Punch

Every party deserves a great punch, and I dare say nobody does punch like a good Southern cook. This is a fun recipe I got from my sister-in-law’s mother after hearing such rave reviews about it. I guess she eventually wrote out the recipe for my mom, who gave it to me. Isn’t that the best way to come by a recipe, through some convoluted path?  This amazing punch is perfect for any baby shower, bridal shower, wedding, get-together….why not?

Party Punch Recipe

Party Punch Recipe

Here is the original recipe as she wrote it out. I’ll be adding my own modifications at the end, to see if I can cut down some of the insane quantities of sugar.

Party Punch
from the kitchen of Ruth Calahan

3 3-oz packages of fruit-flavored gelatin (I use 2 strawberry and 1 orange)
3 cups white sugar
13 cups boiling water
2 46-oz cans pineapple juice
1 16-oz bottle lemon juice
2 2-liter bottles ginger ale, chilled

1. In a large pot, combine gelatin and sugar. Stir in boiling water until mixture is dissolved. Stir in pineapple juice and lemon juice. Divide into about 3-4 containers and freeze solid.

2. To serve, place frozen mixture in punch bowl and chop into pieces. Add ginger ale.

Party Punch Recipe


Note: for my own batch, I tried to eliminate as much sugar as I could. I used sugar-free gelatin, diet ginger ale and used only 1 cup of sugar (instead of 3 cups), and it could probably have done without it entirely. Deliciously sweet, slushy and tangy!  You can experiment with the color of the punch by choosing your gelatin flavors accordingly. Also, the number of containers frozen does not matter. Obviously if you have a small freezer like me, you’ll be finding every little bowl that will possibly fit!

  • Olivia - When is the lemon juice added? Added to the mixture that gets frozen or poured in at the end with ginger ale?ReplyCancel

  • Erika Follansbee Photography - Olivia–it’s added with the mixture that gets frozen. Good catch! I updated the recipe.ReplyCancel

  • Dawn | Dawn's Bella Via & C. - Erika – I never would have thought to put gelatin in a punch. The color is gorgeous!

    I must ask you… wherever did you find those adorable mini mason jars? I opened my own business a couple months ago, styling dessert tables. Would love to have some of those jars for my tables! Thanks. Sweetly, DawnReplyCancel

    • Erika Follansbee Photography - Hi Dawn,
      Thank you so much! The little jars are the actual juice glasses that my family uses. There was a brand of pesto that we used to get that came in those jars, and I just kept them and washed them.ReplyCancel

  • Dawn | Dawn's Bella Via & C. - Thank you! I am always keeping an eye out for this type of thing. We have about a dozen large “Acme” mason jars that I use for all kinds of things, but I’ve never seen little ones like these. They are great!ReplyCancel

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  • Jeanne - Has anyone tried this with stevia instead of sugar? Love the substitution of sugar free jello. Plan on using this alot during tailgate season!ReplyCancel

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  • Katie - Ohh! I made it, and served it at a function tonight….loved it! It was beautiful and delicious! I made it last night so it was ready and a breeze to assemble at church this evening. I made it almost exactly per the original recipe except I did only use 2 cups of sugar. Truly the perfect punch!ReplyCancel


  • Bridgette - How many are served out of one recipe? I know it will vary by cup size but I’m just looking for a ball park figure. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Amber - This punch was a huge hit at my parents’ vow renewal last weekend! I only used 2 cups of sugar as Katie did, but instead of freezing in bowls or pitchers, I poured the mixture into gallon sized Ziploc bags like I do with broth I’m going to freeze. It barely took up any room in the freezer since they lay flat, and it was a breeze to break it up when I was ready for it. They were just like big square popsicles.ReplyCancel