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Pretty Party Punch

"This sparkling punch has been a lifesaver for many last-minute showers, parties and get-togethers, because it’s quick and inexpensive,” says Kelly Wilson of Bloomington, Indiana. “You can use any flavor soft drink mix for a different flavor and color, but black cherry is my favorite. For a lighter version, replace the sugar and soft drink mix with sugar-free Kool-Aid, and substitute diet soda as well," she adds.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    16 servings (about 4 quarts)


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 envelopes unsweetened black cherry Kool-Aid mix
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2 liters lemon-lime soda, chilled
  • 2 liters ginger ale, chilled


  • In a small bowl, stir the sugar, Kool-Aid mix and hot water until sugar is dissolved. Cool to room temperature. Just before serving, combine the soft drink mixture, lemon-lime soda and ginger ale in a large punch bowl.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 148 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 24mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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  • DSKHutch
    Jul 22, 2015

    I made this for my daughter's wedding with strawberry Kool-Aid to match her colors. It was wonderful. Several guests and our food coordinator asked for the recipe.

  • glort
    Jun 12, 2012

    the soft drink mixture means putting the sodas together in the punch bowl

  • jeannetteknudsen
    May 21, 2012

    This recipe was very bitter. I ended up putting in 2 cups of sugar to get it to taste better. I still don't really care for it though.

  • Sajen
    Jul 4, 2009

    Soft drink mixture? I thought kool-aid, what brand is soft drink mixture?