Scoops of fruity sherbet floating in a bowl of juice and fresh fruit make this Rainbow Sherbet Punch a perfect drink for any get-together!
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Summer is OFFICIALLY here which means it’s time to break out my favorite fruity drinks! Last summer I had a batch of my famous tropical punch at every party I hosted. This summer, I’m switching things up and making this tangy and fizzy Rainbow Sherbet Punch. This punch is perfect for any party you’re hosting this summer, kids and adults alike can’t get enough!
RAINBOW SHERBET PUNCH
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With summer in full swing, it’s time to break out my favorite punch bowl and get making some rainbow sherbet punch! This is one of my FAVORITE summertime recipes. It just reminds me of summers growing up. My grandma always made a variation of this delicious sherbet punch and it is literally the most nostalgic and yummy drink I’ve ever tasted.
My boys have quite a few pool parties coming up in the next few weeks and they are beyond excited. It’s been a long year of being kept away from their friends (thanks Coronavirus…). I’m looking for all the ways to get them out and about with their friends and making it as fun as it possibly can be.
That’s where my famous sherbet punch recipe comes in! You’d better believe that I’m making a batch of this punch any time anyone comes over this summer. It’s fruity, fizzy, and tasty as can be. And, BONUS – by using my favorite Ibotta app, I can save money on buying the ingredients!
I love Ibotta because no matter how I’m shopping – whether it’s online for grocery delivery or in-store with receipt scanning – I can earn cash back on purchases I’d already be making. My favorite way to earn cash back with Ibotta is to do my grocery shopping as I usually would. Then I just scan my receipt into the app and watch the cash back magically appear!
Sherbet – I love the fresh, fruity flavor (and fun color) that rainbow sherbet gives this sherbet punch recipe so that’s the flavor I choose. You can absolutely make an orange sherbet punch or lime sherbet punch if you’d prefer a more singular flavor. Another favorite flavor is definitely a raspberry sherbet punch. No matter what you choose, just make sure you’re ready for a deliciously addicting punch!
Fruit – adding fresh fruit to this rainbow sherbet punch makes it not only taste sweet and yummy, but it makes it LOOK beautiful too! I like to use pineapple chunks, fresh raspberries, and fresh strawberries as garnishes. These fruits mix perfectly with the flavor of the rainbow sherbet.
Liquid – the way to make sherbet punch most like how my grandma made it (aka the best way…) is to make it a sherbet punch with sprite. The lemon-lime soda gives your punch a sweet and fizzy flavor. If you don’t like lemon-lime soda like Sierra Mist or Sprite, ginger ale will work too. You’ll also need some lemonade, fruit punch, and raspberry puree.
How to Make Sherbet Punch
My biggest pet peeve when it comes to sherbet punch is when my rainbow sherbet melts almost instantly. That’s why my BIGGEST pro-tip for making the perfect sherbet punch is to freeze your sherbet in scoops for at least 5 hours before serving.
So, way before you’re ready to mix up your punch, line a muffin tin with plastic wrap and scoop your sherbet into round scoops. Pop them back into the freezer to harden for 5 hours so they won’t melt as quickly while they float in your pretty punch!
Then whip up the raspberry puree and let it cool down until you’re ready to mix up the punch. You can scoop your sherbet and make the puree WAY in advance to make your punch prep easy. I’m talking up to 5 days ahead of time!
- Start by combining all the juices and soda in a large punch bowl or serving bowl. Stir gently and taste to see if the flavors are balanced.
This is totally a guess and check kind of recipe. Need more fizz? Add more soda. Want more raspberry flavor? Put in some more puree!
- Next, add your sliced fruit to the bowl.
- When the punch is about to be served, add your frozen sherbet scoops – if you’ve got extra scoops, save them to add one to each glass!
- Serve your rainbow sherbet punch in a glass, adding a sherbet scoop to the glasses to make sure everyone gets a taste of that yummy sherbet!
This punch is the perfect drink to serve for everything from birthday parties and Easter to bridal showers and baby showers!
Is there milk in sherbet ice cream?
Sherbet is a middle ground between fruit sorbet and fruit ice cream. It can be confusing if it actually contains any milk!
The answer is yes, sherbet does contain a small amount of milk product. But, it’s not nearly as much as you find in ice cream. That’s why the texture and flavor of sherbet is sort of more like a fruit sorbet (which contains NO milk). So, yes, this easy sherbet punch recipe does contain some milk.
When was rainbow sherbet invented?
Ice creams and fruity ice desserts have been around for centuries. But, refreshing rainbow sherbet has only been around since the 1950s! Combining lemon, lime, orange, and raspberry sherbets all into one delicious rainbow-hued tub was (in my humble opinion), one of the greatest inventions of all time! Without this delicious combination, we’d have no rainbow sherbet punch and that is NOT a world I want to live in 🙂
Need more refreshing summertime drinks?
- Strawberry Watermelon Lemonade Slushie
- Classic Homemade Lemonade
- Strawberry Banana Smoothie
- Peach Raspberry Lemonade
- Sparkling Cran-Raspberry Punch
- more DRINK recipes…
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- 3 cups lemon-lime soda
- 3 cups lemonade
- 2 cups fruit punch
- 1/2 gallon rainbow sherbet
- 1/2 cup fresh pineapple cut into wedges
- 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
- 1 cup fresh strawberries cut in half
- 2 lemons sliced
- 24 ounces fresh strawberries
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- Line a muffin tin with plastic wrap, enough so it can sink into the cups. Scoop the sherbet into large pretty scoops and place each one into a muffin tin cup. Freeze for at least 5 hours.
- Make the raspberry puree by placing a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the raspberries, sugar, and water, and smash the berries a bit. Bring to a slow rolling boil, stirring occasionally, for about 4-5 minutes. Strain through a sieve and let cool to almost room temperature. Store in the fridge in an air-tight container for up to 5 days.
- Combine the lemonade, fruit, punch, soda, and raspberry puree in a large punch bowl. Stir to combine and check the flavor balance.
- Add all the fruits to the bowl. Chill the punch until ready to serve.
- Just before serving, add the sherbet scoops to the punch. The sherbet will melt into the punch a bit adding even more flavor.
- Serve in glasses with a scoop of sherbet and some fruit in each glass.