Picnic Fruit Punch Recipe photo by Taste of Home
Total Time
Prep: 10 min. + chilling
This fruit punch is a perfectly balanced refresher that can easily be made before the party starts.

Updated: Dec. 06, 2023

Is a picnic or party really complete without a bowl of refreshing fruit punch? This fruit punch recipe is the perfect make-ahead, low-effort drink all your guests will love. It’s perfectly balanced with tropical-tart fruit juices and a healthy splash of zippy ginger ale. The punch is perfect served as is, but adding a bit of wine or spirits for an adults-only beverage is certainly a fabulous option.

Ingredients for Fruit Punch

  • Fruit juices: Cranberry juice, pineapple juice, orange juice and lemon juice come together to make a bright, tangy, slightly sour profile of fruity goodness.
  • Ginger ale: Ginger ale creates a zippy bite in the fruit punch. Its fizziness also makes this drink pop!
  • Orange slices: Orange slices make a beautiful garnish for this delightful drink.

Directions

Step 1: Create the fruit punch

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In a large container (such as a pitcher) pour in the cranberry, pineapple, orange and lemon juices, and stir until well combined. Cover the container opening with storage wrap, and refrigerate for at least eight hours or up to two days.

Step 2: Serve with ginger ale

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Just before serving, transfer the fruit punch to a punch bowl. Stir in the ginger ale and orange slices.

Editor’s Tip: To avoid watering down the punch, add ice cubes directly to each serving glass instead of the punch bowl. To preserve the orange slices’ integrity, too, you can add them directly to glasses so they don’t sit in the punch bowl and become soggy.

Fruit Punch Variations

  • Add alcohol: Make this fruit punch recipe an adult beverage! Swap the ginger ale for sparkling wine, or add in vodka, rum or tequila.
  • Serve with fruit slices: Slice up strawberries, grapefruits, limes and/or lemons, and add them to glasses or the pitcher right before serving the fruit punch. It’s a simple addition that boosts the pretty presentation.
  • Serve over sherbet or sorbet: Add a scoop of your favorite sherbet or sorbet to a glass, and pour a little bit of this fruit punch on top. Enjoy this fruity take on a root beer float!

How to Store Fruit Punch

The fruit punch can be covered and stored in the fridge for up to two days. Just don’t add the ginger ale or fresh fruit until you’re ready to serve it!

Fruit Punch Tips

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How do you serve fruit punch?

You can serve fruit punch in a punch bowl or a large pitcher. Pour the punch into beautiful glassware for an elevated presentation.

Can you make fruit punch ahead of time?

Yes, you can make fruit punch ahead of time. This fruit punch recipe can be made up to two days in advance and stored in the fridge. However, don’t add the ginger ale, fruit slices or any ice until you’re ready to serve the punch.

Fruit Punch

Prep Time 10 min
Yield 5 quarts.

Ingredients

  • 8 cups cranberry juice
  • 3 cups pineapple juice
  • 3 cups orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 liter ginger ale, chilled
  • 1 medium navel orange, sliced

Directions

  1. In a large container, combine juices; refrigerate. Just before serving, transfer to a punch bowl; stir in ginger ale and orange slices.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 105 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 6mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

This pink cooler is deliciously thirst-quenching on a warm day. Seeing its color, folks guess it might be pink lemonade. They're pleasantly surprised to discover the bubbly blend includes cranberry, pineapple, orange and lemon juices. —Marion Lowery, Medford, Oregon