Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Our Family Punch... Which means I'm Related to Betty Crocker!

This is a family favorite up here in Western New York!  I got the original recipe idea on those "Cards of the Month" that came from Betty Crocker back in the seventies...

It was called Floating Island Punch but since then I've seen lots of "Floating Island Punches" and none as good as this one. We've altered it slightly on occasion, and there is no such thing as TOO MUCH SHERBET, but the original recipe is very similar to what came on that "Card of the Month".

1 12 ounce can frozen Orange Juice

1 6 ounce can frozen Lemonade  

(or 1/2 of a 12 oz. can.... Do you know I used to straighten my long brown hair with orange juice cans in high school... that I would SLEEP on them???? Oh my stars, why on earth do we do these things to look good for men?????   Sigh... but I digress....)

1 quart Apple Juice

1 2 liter bottle ginger ale

1 quart rainbow sherbet (if you buy the 48oz. container, feel free to use it all. And buy enough for several batches)

 Chill ginger ale and apple juice. Up north, when the fridge is stock full of holiday treats, the porch or garage might have to suffice!

Put frozen o.j. and lemonade in large punch bowl. Add apple juice. Mix well. Pour in cold ginger ale. Pile in scoops of rainbow sherbet. I use at least a quart/batch....

This punch is a huge crowd-pleaser. We use it at showers... weddings... holidays.... wakes... It's by far the most popular punch I've ever made and has a fun "bite" that comes from the concentration of fruit juices to the apple juice.

Totally delicious.

I always keep the ingredients on hand and when it's holiday time, we make sure we have enough for several batches.

And when you add the sherbet... Oh my stars, everything starts effervescing all over the place! Bubbles!!! WHO DOESN'T LOVE BUBBLES?????



  1. Hey, Fenway loves bubbles. Loves to chase them.

    Ruthy, this looks really similar to a punch my mother used to make for parties. I don't remember it involving apple juice though. I have this vague recollection of pineapple juice. I'll have to aks her.

    Thanks for the "family" recipe. It makes me feel festive - even at 6:30 am.

    Happy Tuesday.

  2. Mary, I think there are a bajillion variations on this one, but this combo????

    Oh my stars, we've never gotten more compliments than with this recipe.

    Old folks. Young. Babies....

    And at least Fenway has great taste in bubble-mania if not baseball teams.

    Good dog!

  3. Oh, I love a sherbet punch! Ruthy, thanks for sharing this. I believe it's a bit different from what we've used in ours. Mary, we use pineapple juice as well.

    It's been years since I've made it because I found a new recipe I really like (will share it sometime). But I think what we put in it is pineapple juice, frozen orange juice and Sprite or ginger ale.

    And then I'd always try to scoop up as much sherbet as I could!! That's the best part! :)

    I'll go look for my new recipe. Will share sometime before Christmas. But I'll give you a hint that it involves Welch's white grape and peach juice. Oh, my. It's so good!

  4. Oh my gosh! I love this punch but then again pretty much anything with rainbow sherbet is a weakness of mine LOL!

  5. This is, hands down, my favorite punch - the interesting part is changing out the flavors!

    My husband worked with a catering manager who could match the punch's colors to the bridesmaid's dresses for a wedding reception. I watched her mix the punch once - a little of this, a little of that - and still came out tasting good.

    And I'm with you on using the back porch or garage for extra fridge space in a pinch! It's great for keeping drinks cool. I remember one year I had to use our cooler on the back porch to keep the stuff from freezing. You do have to watch the temps!

    It never worked when we lived in Kentucky or Texas, though, and rarely in Kansas. We just couldn't count on the temps staying low enough this early in the year.

  6. This is a great punch recipe! =D
    I remember those "Cards of the Month"..
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. this sounds kind like what we always had for showers and weddings - didn't use juice though - might have put hawaiian punch in it..I remember the sherbert and either 7up or ginger ale. also seemed paired with nuts and those pastel mints - don't think we ever had punch anywhere but a wedding or baby shower or wedding reception! and all of those meant cans of mixed nuts and those pastel mints that are soft.