This post was originally published at Yellow Bliss Road where I am a contributor.
Skip the store-bought stuff and treat your mouth to this homemade Hawaiian Punch Recipe! One sip will leave you feeling like you’re on a tropical vacation!
Hawaiian Punch was a special treat at our house when I was little. It was tasty, sweet, and who doesn’t love a bright red fruit punch?! I would run around showing off my bright red tongue to my mom when my drink was done.
My youngest is fruit obsessed. While he loves a glass of orange juice, it’s fun to surprise him with a pitcher of this homemade Hawaiian Punch recipe. This punch is so good, my kids prefer it to homemade version over the store-bought bottles any day!
Today I’m showing you how to make your own Hawaiian Punch at home. It’s as simple as stirring up a bunch of fruit juices, adding some simple syrup, and letting it chill in the fridge.
What are the 7 fruits in Hawaiian Punch?
Currently, the fruits included are apple, apricot, guava, orange, papaya, passion fruit, and pineapple.
This recipe is a little bit of a spin on these fruits.
#1 – Because you can’t always find all of these fruit juices and nectars at the store.
#2 – My kids happen to like this combination a lot.
That being said, you can swap out 1 cup of pineapple juice for mango nectar to make it more tropical.
Hawaiian Punch Recipe Ingredients
- Pineapple juice
- Guava nectar
- Apple juice
- Orange juice
- Apricot nectar
- Liquid red food coloring
Easiest punch ever. Ready?
How to Make Hawaiian Punch
- Start by getting out a 2.5-quart pitcher. It can be glass, plastic, ceramic, whatever you have on hand.
- Next, you’ll pour the water and sugar into a small saucepan and place it over medium heat. Stir you simple syrup occasionally until the sugar dissolves – it doesn’t need to come to a simmer.
- After the simple syrup is ready, pour it into your pitcher along with the pineapple juice, guava nectar, apple juice, orange juice, and apricot nectar. Give everything a quick stir.
- At this point, your punch is ready to drink. If you want that bright red Hawaiian Punch color, pour in a little red food coloring – the liquid kind not gel food coloring. Then give the punch one more stir.
- Place your pitcher in the fridge for an hour or two to let it chill. This punch is the best when it’s nice and cold, but you can drink immediately too. Pour your punch over ice or chilled without ice.
If you want to have some real fun with your punch bowl, add scoops of pineapple sorbet to chill your punch. It’s super pretty for birthday parties and baby showers!
If you’re using a drink dispenser, don’t add ice because it will water the punch down as it melts. Instead, let your guests fill their glass with ice and then pour in the punch.
Is Hawaiian Punch good for you?
The brand name bottles have a lot of added sugar and only contain only 5% juice, plus other preservatives.
My homemade version does have some sugar added to it, but most of the sugars are naturally occurring from all the juices used to make it. To get the sweetness of this punch on par with the brand name version I used simple syrup. You can absolutely skip the simple syrup and just mix up the juices. I’ve tried it and it’s fine. I do prefer the punch with the simple syrup in because it’s more like what I grew up with, but you do you.
You can also leave out the red food coloring if you prefer. It tastes the same either way.
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Hawaiian Punch Recipe
- Pour water and sugar into a medium saucepan. Place over medium heat and cook for a few minutes, just until the sugar dissolves. Stirring occasionally.
- Pour simple syrup and juices into a 2.5-quart pitcher and stir to combine.
- Add red food color for that signature Hawaiian punch color and stir again.
- Chill in the fridge. This punch tastes better after it's cooled down. Serve in a glass with or without ice.