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)
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.
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?????