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Raspberry Sherbet Party Punch

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frosted white punch bowl with matching punch cups, with red raspberry punch in the bowl

I have noticed that parties of friends and family are looking back to the ’50s and ’60s for inspiration for fun ideas. While home decoration of that time is called “mid-modern” the look and feel for entertaining a party is also looking to that mid-century feel.  Raspberry Sherbet Party Punch maybe one of the party favorites that you remember as a child growing up.  My family always had a punch bowl full of bubbly punch at every party.

frosted white punch bowl with matching punch cups,

My mother and her sister in the late 1940’s purchased together matching Christmas Punch Bowls. I looked forward to every Christmas celebration seeing the beautiful frosted glass punch bowl with the bright holiday design. I was so happy when it was passed down to me. I have carried on the tradition in our family of serving punch at Thanksgiving and Christmas parties and love bring out the family heirloom punch bowl.

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Punch bowls are coming back in style just as fast as the mid-mod furniture is exploding. If you did not get a punch bowl for a shower or wedding present you can buy modest prices at any store, and here is a collection of beautiful ones for you to try out.

frosted white punch bowl with matching punch cups, with red raspberry punch in the bowl

Why Raspberry Sherbet Party Punch?

My mother was very active in our local church.  The one my family also belongs to.  The women of our church have has a women’s group for over 200 years.  The Women’s groups were always the hostesses at all the big Church functions.  One of the staples of every celebration was the Woman’s Guild Raspberry Sherbet Punch. For as long as I can remember after every Christmas program being served this delicious light and fluffy punch.

frosted white punch bowl with matching punch cups, with red raspberry punch in the bowl

It is so easy to make and was so fun as a kid to watch being made. The key is to get all of the ingredients in the punch bowl and pour the ginger ale over the scooped sherbet at the last moment.  Get your kids ready and watch the magic.  And do not worry the kids will love the taste.  It can be made with regular sugared ginger ail or diet the taste is the same.

Raspberry Sherbet Party Punch Tips:

Feel free to experiment.  I have made this punch in a pinch with whatever I had on hand.  If you have cranberry ginger ale use that.  If you have only lemonade and not orange juice it works.  Pineapple juice works perfectly too.  And any Sherbet works.

I also always make an ice ring.  It disrupts some of the appearances but keeps the punch cold. Add it last after you and the kids have seen the fun bubbles from the ginger ale pouring over the sherbet.  I take a jello mold ring and put water and another package of raspberry in it and freeze it at least a day or two before the party.  And again anything works, if you have pineapple from a can put that in your ice ring.  If you only have an orange you can slice that up too.

frosted white punch bowl with matching punch cups, with red raspberry punch in the bowl top view of the punch and serbet

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Raspberry Sherbet Party Punch

  • Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

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  • 2 packages of Frozen Raspberries
  • 3 cups Orange Juice
  • 1 can of Frozen Lemonade (thawed somewhat do not add water)
  • 3 cups Pineapple Juice
  • 2 quarts Ginger Ale (I just the liter bottles)
  • 1 quart Raspberry Sherbet
  • Ice Ring if desired

Instructions

Two days before I serve the punch

  1. I put a Jell-o mold with water and frozen raspberries in the freezer to harden.

On the day of the party right before guests arrive

  1. Put the frozen raspberries, no need to defrost the orange juice, frozen lemonade concentrate, pineapple juice in your punch bowl.
  2. Next, scoop the sherbet with an ice cream scoop into the punch bowl.
  3. Next, pour the ginger ale over the mixture and the sherbert and watch the bubbles start.
  4. Last take your ice ring out of its mold and gently under the bubbles place in the punch bowl.
  5. Serve right away.

Notes

  • This recipe is for a large punch bowl. If you have a smaller one like my holly bowl make half.
  • I have also used Cranberry Ginger Ale, and you can use regular or diet.

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6 Comments

  1. Oh, how I remember this punch being served at every church gathering! It’s kind of sad that I don’t see it too often anymore…it surely was a tasty drink, no matter what the occasion! Thanks for linking up on Friday Frenzy! Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck – Colleen

    1. Thank you so much. Our church had punch after our choir service this Christmas. I have so many fond memories of this punch.

  2. My great aunt served a sherbert party punch every Christmas Even and it’s something I’ve been wanting to bring back! This looks perfect and very fun. Love your punch bowl set, too. Thanks for linking up to the Friday Frenzy!

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