Pineapple Party Punch

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Made with Sprite, sugar, Kool-Aid, and pineapple juice, this refreshingly sweet party punch will transport you to the tropics and is a must at your next event.

Multiple glasses of Party Punch

With New Year’s Eve upon us, I thought this would be a great time to bring you an old-fashioned and super simple party punch recipe that is suitable for everyone. My kids, our families, and our friends always enjoy this delicious punch whenever we have a get-together.

I’ve been making this pineapple punch since I was a teenager. One of my favorite things about it is that it’s so easily customizable. Our four main ingredients are Sprite, sugar, pineapple juice, and Kool-Aid. Today I’m going to show you how to make it using Splenda and Sprite Zero. This significantly cuts out the sugar and leaves the only remaining sugars to be the natural sugars in the pineapple juice. 

But let this quick and easy party punch recipe work for you. Want to use granulated sugar instead? Go ahead. How about ginger ale or 7-Up instead of Sprite? I won’t stop you! You can also change the flavor and color by simply changing one ingredient (spoiler: it’s the Kool-Aid). 

So, how do you make my party punch? Oh, it’s hard, folks. You see, you have to pour the ingredients into a punchbowl, stir them together, and… yeah, that’s all there is to it. So you can spend your time celebrating instead of making a punch. Sounds good to me!

Delicious Party Punch ingredients

Recipe Ingredients

  • Sprite Zero
  • Pineapple juice
  • Splenda or sugar
  • Kool-Aid 

How to Make Party Punch

Add ingredients except Sprite to large bowl.

Pour your pineapple juice into a large bowl and add the Kool-Aid, as well as the sugar (or Splenda).

Stir ingredients together.

Stir well.

Add Sprite and gently stir again.

Pour in Sprite and gently stir again.

At this point, you can add an ice ring if you like. Instead of an ice ring, I just refrigerate all of my ingredients so the punch is good and cold. To make an ice ring, I’d make some Kool-Aid ahead of time in whatever flavor you are using for the punch and put it in a jello mold or bundt pan. Freeze until firm and then dip just the bottom into warm water for five seconds before releasing it into your punch bowl.

Party punch in a punch bowl.

 Can serve over ice, with an ice ring in it, or just serve cold.

Delicious Party Punch (Can be made Sugar Free!)

You can garnish it with fresh fruit if you like, as I’ve done with these pineapple wedges and maraschino cherries. Fresh berries would also work well. Otherwise, just serve it over ice or in punch cups.

It is absolutely delicious and you just have to taste it soon!


Because of the carbonated soda, you’ll want to serve this immediately and not store leftovers, as it’ll go flat pretty quickly.

Recipe Notes

  • Want to turn this into a party punch with alcohol? Opt for white rum, coconut rum, or vodka.
  • Lemon-lime Kool-Aid is also delicious in this pineapple punch and is the perfect complement to lemon-lime soda. Garnish with a lime slice to take it to the next level!
  • As mentioned, use any kind of carbonated drink you like, such as 7-Up, Sprite, ginger ale, or even club soda.
  • Instead of adding fresh fruit as a garnish, chop up fresh pineapple into large chunks and freeze them. Then you can use the frozen pineapple chunks in place of ice cubes. The best part is, it’s tasty and stops the punch from being watered down.

Recipe FAQs

Can you make a pineapple punch with sherbet?

Yes, if you want to make sherbet punch, all you have to do is add up to 2 quarts of pineapple sherbet to your punch bowl and mix well.

You may also like these tasty tipples:

Tropical Pink Mocktail (Fun Fruity Summer Drink)

Old-Fashioned Lemonade

Hawaiian Iced Tea (Non-Alcoholic Punch)


Wedding Punch (Non-Alcoholic Cranberry Punch)

Sugar-Free Peach Lemonade (2 Ingredients Only)

Party Punch final photo

Party Punch

Made with Sprite, sugar, Kool-Aid, and pineapple juice, this refreshingly sweet party punch will transport you to the tropics and is a must at your next event.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: punch
Servings: 4
Calories: 149kcal


  • 1 46-ounce can pineapple juice
  • 2 liters Sprite or Sprite Zero*
  • 2 cups Splenda or sugar
  • 2 packets flavored drink mix such as Kool-Aid


  • In a punchbowl, pour pineapple juice. Add drink mix and sugar/Splenda. Stir until dissolved.
    1 46-ounce can pineapple juice, 2 cups Splenda or sugar, 2 packets flavored drink mix such as Kool-Aid
  • Pour in Sprite and gently stir again.
    2 liters Sprite or Sprite Zero*
  • Serve with a fresh fruit garnish or simply over ice.


Calories: 149kcal
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  1. Many, many years ago, my grandmother purchased a huge lead crystal punchbowl with 24 cups (and spent years collecting more cups to match) with visions of her five granddaughter’s bridal and baby showers and celebrations to come. And use it we have for the past 50 years. My grandmother and mother have since passed away and that punchbowl rests in my pantry waiting for the next shower or party in our family. No one seems to use a punchbowl very often but with family on New Years is a good suggestion.

  2. I love this…and it stays colder if you scoop in some sherbet!!! Doesn’t that just make everything better??

  3. So, this looks perfect for our family Christmas Party – but do you not use water to make the koolaid? And, have you used Crystal Light as someone did?

      1. Thanks! Out to buy the ingredients now…but probably will triple the amount for our large extended family Christmas gathering!

      2. Christy, I have a recipe very similar to
        this from one of our dear church ladies
        when I was growing up. Instead of
        Sprite it uses Hawaiian Punch – it was
        always the punch at church Christmas
        parties because it was delicious and
        red in color.
        Peggy in Texas

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