Refreshing Coffee Punch Recipe for Summer Entertaining

Attention all coffee lovers! How about adding a little excitement to your day with a delicious, refreshing and light-hearted coffee punch recipe? When you think about punch, fruity and sweet drinks may come to mind, but the classic coffee punch we are about to make is a game-changer.

Whether you’re hosting brunch, celebrating an occasion or just looking for a new way to enjoy coffee, this easy and flavorful recipe will make you the star of the show. With only (5) ingredients, you can whip up a large batch in no time.

A combination of brewed coffee, evaporated milk, sugar vanilla extract, and vanilla ice cream makes up this classic southern-style coffee punch. The creamy vanilla flavor pairs perfectly with the bold flavor of coffee for a match made in heaven.

Get ready to try something new and exciting in the world of coffee. Keep reading to find out why this recipe will soon be your go-to for all occasions.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Coffee Punch
Coffee Punch

As a barista, I strongly believe that coffee should be enjoyed in all its forms. This is why I am excited to share with you my Coffee Punch recipe – a cool and flavorful way to enjoy your coffee, especially on a hot day!

What makes this recipe so special is its unique blend of coffee and ice cream. Not only does it highlight the richness of brewed coffee, but it also adds a creamy and smooth texture to the mix. With just one sip, you’ll experience the perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness that coffee lovers crave.

Another great feature of this recipe is its simplicity. You only need six easy-to-find ingredients – brewed coffee, sugar, evaporated milk, vanilla ice cream, ground cinnamon, and water – and 10 minutes of your time to whip up a batch of iced coffee punch. That’s it! No complicated steps or exotic ingredients needed.

And if you’re looking for variations, feel free to experiment with different flavors. You can substitute vanilla ice cream with chocolate or French vanilla extract, or even add chocolate syrup for that ultimate mocha punch. The possibilities are endless!

Whether you’re hosting a party or simply chilling at home, this easy Coffee Punch recipe is sure to impress your guests or satisfy your caffeine cravings in a refreshing way. Trust me, once you try it out, this cold brew will quickly become one of your favorite dishes. So give it a shot and let me know what you think!

Ingredient List

 A refreshingly creamy twist on classic coffee.
A refreshingly creamy twist on classic coffee.

Here are the 6 ingredients you will need to make this easy coffee punch:

  • Brewed Coffee: A strong brewed coffee is the foundation of this recipe. We’ll need 3 cups for this batch.

  • Sugar 1 & 1/2 cups: We’ll use 1 cup of regular sugar and 1/2 cup of light brown sugar to sweeten our punch.

  • Whole Milk (1/2 gallon): We want to add some creaminess and balance out the flavors. Whole milk is perfect for this job, we’ll use a 1/2 gallon.

  • Vanilla Ice Cream: For extra creaminess and flavor, we’ll add in some vanilla ice cream. You’ll need about 2 cups.

  • Whipping Cream (6 cups): Whipping cream is going to be used to create a creamy foam layer on top of our punch. We will need around 6 cups.

  • Ground Cinnamon: Finally, a pinch of ground cinnamon will give our coffee punch that warm spice note. Grab your jar or shaker, we’ll just need a pinch of it.

Make sure to check your pantry before heading out, so you don’t miss any essential ingredients!

The Recipe How-To

 Beautifully layered with creamy goodness and bold coffee.
Beautifully layered with creamy goodness and bold coffee.

Now it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty – making the coffee punch. This easy recipe only requires a few simple steps and minimal prep time, so you’ll have a delicious and refreshing drink ready to go in no time.


  • 4 cups brewed coffee, chilled
  • 1 1/2 quarts vanilla ice cream, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 cans evaporated milk (12 oz each)
  • 2 cups cold water


  • Punch bowl
  • Whisk
  • Large spoon


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar and cinnamon until well combined.
  2. Gradually whisk in the coffee until the sugar has fully dissolved.
  3. Pour in the evaporated milk and cold water, stirring gently to combine.
  4. Scoop the softened ice cream into the punch bowl, pouring any melted ice cream into the mixture as well.
  5. Pour the coffee mixture on top of the ice cream, using a large spoon or whisk to gently combine.
  6. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour before serving.
  7. Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon or whipped cream if desired.

And that’s it! In six easy steps you’ve got yourself a decadent and creamy coffee punch that’s sure to be a hit at your next party or gathering. Don’t be afraid to mix things up by adding different flavors of ice cream or experimenting with various spices like nutmeg or ginger. The possibilities are endless with this versatile recipe.

Substitutions and Variations

 Perfect to serve at a brunch or afternoon gathering.
Perfect to serve at a brunch or afternoon gathering.

Are you looking to add some creative spin to your coffee punch recipe? Look no further, as here are some substitutions and variations to jazz up your drink.

– Chocolate ice cream: Instead of vanilla ice cream, opt for chocolate ice cream. This will give a rich, chocolatey flavour to the coffee punch.

– Iced mocha punch: To make an iced mocha version, replace half of the brewed coffee with chocolate milk or use a mocha-flavoured coffee concentrate.

– Cold brew coffee: If you prefer a smoother and less acidic taste, using cold brew coffee instead of regular brewed coffee could be a great option. Simply replace the brewed coffee with equal parts of cold brew coffee concentrate and water.

– French vanilla creamer: Want to make it an easy recipe? Substitute evaporated milk with French vanilla creamer or plain liquid non-dairy creamer. It’ll give a rich creamy texture without having to use excess cold ingredients.

– Brown sugar sprinkle: One inch ground cinnamon or a half teaspoon nutmeg adds spice to its taste while substituting granulated sugar by light brown sugar can make it less sweet that stand on its own even among those who watch their sugar intake levels.

– Iced southern coffee: For a more traditional southern twist for your iced coffee punch recipe add two teaspoons of vanilla extract into your brewed coffee then substitute half of the evaporated milk, almond milk, soy milk or whole milk combo with whipping cream poured into the punch bowl after adding the rest of the cup.

Trying out one (or all!) of these substitutions and variations would create an iced coffee to keep you refreshed and swooned by its irresistibility.

Serving and Pairing

 This coffee punch will keep you awake and refreshed all day.
This coffee punch will keep you awake and refreshed all day.

Now that you have made this delicious coffee punch, it’s time to indulge in its heavenly taste. This drink is perfect for serving at any gathering or party, as it is easy to make and can be prepared in advance.

When it comes to serving this punch, I recommend pouring it into a large punch bowl before adding a few scoops of vanilla ice cream on top. To make it look more appealing, add some chocolate syrup or ground cinnamon on top of the ice cream. The creamy texture of the vanilla ice cream pairs perfectly with the intense flavor of brewed coffee, creating a delightful balance of flavors.

This coffee punch is perfect for pairing with light snacks such as biscuits or croissants. It also goes well with heavier foods like chocolate cake or caramel pudding as these desserts complement the flavors of coffee and vanilla ice cream.

If you want to take it up a notch, serve this drink with some French pastries for a European café experience at home. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could also pair this coffee punch with some spiced chicken wings for a more contrasting experience.

Don’t forget to garnish your glasses with whipped cream and sprinkle some ground cinnamon on top to give your guests a memorable visual treat. You can also add some bourbon or brandy for an extra kick if you love potent mixed drinks.

Overall, this coffee punch recipe is versatile and can be served with many different foods and at various occasions. I hope you enjoy its indulgent but comforting taste as much as we do!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A delicious and unique way to enjoy coffee with friends and family.
A delicious and unique way to enjoy coffee with friends and family.

As a barista, I believe that the perfect Coffee Punch Recipe is all about timing. Making ahead is always a great option, as it allows for the ingredients to fully blend together, resulting in a more complex flavor. You can store the punch in the refrigerator overnight or even up to two days before serving.

When reheating, be sure to use a medium heat to slowly warm up the punch. Using high heat may cause the milk and ice cream to curdle and separate, which will affect both the texture and taste of the punch.

Another tip is to have extra ice cream on hand when serving. Adding a scoop of creamy vanilla or chocolate ice cream to your individual glass of iced coffee punch adds an extra layer of richness and texture.

If you plan on storing the punch for longer than two days, freeze it in an airtight container instead of keeping it in the refrigerator. The milk and ice cream will freeze, but they will not lose their flavors or textures. When ready to use, thaw in the fridge for 24 hours before reheating.

In addition, I recommend using a slow cooker or a double boiler when heating up larger quantities of coffee punch. This method will ensure that the punch stays at a constant temperature while being reheated, preventing any curdling or separation.

By making this Coffee Punch Recipe ahead of time and reheating it properly with these tips and precautions, you can guarantee that your guests will enjoy the perfect iced coffee punch every time!

Tips for Perfect Results

 The perfect balance between sweet and bitter.
The perfect balance between sweet and bitter.

If you’re a coffee lover like me, you’ll be keen to make the perfect coffee punch recipe. Below are some tips to ensure that your coffee punch turns out perfectly, every single time.

Firstly, make sure that your brewed coffee is strong and smooth. For this recipe, use freshly brewed coffee concentrate or cold brew as it is smooth and delicious with no bitterness. If you are using instant coffee granules, dissolve them in boiling water and let the mixture cool completely before adding it to the rest of the ingredients.

Secondly, chill all the ingredients before making the punch. This will prevent your ice cream from melting quickly and making the punch watery. With the cold ingredients, your iced coffee punch will hold up throughout your party without becoming runny.

Thirdly, choose high-quality vanilla and chocolate ice cream. It’s important to use good quality ice cream to ensure the right consistency and smoothness for the punch. When possible, opt for real vanilla extract over imitation ones.

Fourthly, use a punch bowl that can hold at least a gallon of liquid with some extra room so you can stir the drink without spilling. Remember that adding ice cubes later in very hot weather will help keep things cool.

Fifthly, it’s recommended to garnish each glass with whipped cream and ground cinnamon or grated chocolate for added flavor and enjoyment.

Last but not least is taste testing. Before serving your iced coffee punch, taste it! In case it needs more sugar or more brewed coffee, adjust accordingly.

With these tips on hand, there’s no stopping you from making a delicious iced coffee punch. Enjoy sipping on this refreshing treat alongside friends and family during hot summer days or whenever you crave it!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this coffee punch recipe is perfect for those who love iced coffee and want to try something new. With easy-to-follow instructions and simple ingredients, this recipe is a must-try for your next gathering or event.

The addition of vanilla ice cream and ground cinnamon make this punch unique and flavorful, while the brewed coffee and evaporated milk give it a classic coffee taste that everyone will love.

So, give this easy coffee punch recipe a try and impress your friends and family with your barista skills. And don’t forget, if you have any leftovers, store them in the refrigerator for later enjoyment.

I hope you have enjoyed this article as much as I enjoyed writing it. Happy brewing!

Coffee Punch

Coffee Punch Recipe

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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine American
Calories 241.1 kcal


  • 1 quart vanilla-flavored brewed coffee, cooled
  • 1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream, softened
  • ground cinnamon


  • In a large container, combine the coffee, milk and sugar; stir until sugar is dissolved. Spoon ice cream into a punch bowl; pour coffee mixture over the top. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Serve immediately.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 188gCalories: 241.1kcalCarbohydrates: 30.9gProtein: 4.9gFat: 11.6gSaturated Fat: 7.1gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 99.1mgFiber: 0.6gSugar: 26.2g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beverages, Easy, For Large Groups, Low Protein, Punch
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