Coffee Punch For Showers and Receptions

by admin on May 8, 2012

If you haven’t tried a cold coffee punch for a bridal shower or wedding reception, you and your guests have no idea what you are missing.   Coffee punches debuted on our local shower scene several years ago and ever since they have been a very popular beverage choice.  I once prepared enough coffee punch to serve 300 guests an 8 ounce glass (there were other beverages available as well) and within 15 minutes, every drop had been consumed by guests who had never tasted it before and went nuts for it.   A dozen of them stood around the kitchen doors hoping more would materialize.  It was that good.

Coffee Punch Recipe #1

Doubling the recipe makes 64 8-ounce servings.

Ingredients for Syrup Base
1X 1 1/2X 2X
Serves 32 48 64
Instant Coffee 1 1/2 cups 2 cups 2 3/4 cups
Water 1 1/2 cups 2 cups 2 3/4 cups
Sugar 1 1/2 cups 2 cups 2 3/4 cups

1. Heat water on medium heat. Add coffee and sugar. Stir until dissolved. Do not boil or burn!
2. Cool and refrigerate till chilled. This is the syrup base.
3. To syrup base add:

Ingredients 1x 1 1/2x 2x
Syrup Base 2 cups 3 cups 4 cups
Milk 1 gallon 1 1/2 gallons 2 gallons
Half & Half or Whipping Cream 2 quarts 3 quarts 4 quarts
Vanilla Ice Cream 2 quarts 3 quarts 4 quarts

1. Stir together syrup base, milk, and cream. Soften ice cream and scoop into milk mixture.

Coffee Punch #2

This is another variation which I got from recipezaar.com (5 star rating). Makes 1 1/4 gallons, serves 30.

2 quarts strong brewed coffee, cooled
2 cups milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream, softened
whipped cream  (optional)

Combine coffee, milk, sugar and vanilla and stir well.  Pour into a pitcher with lid or cleaned out milk jug and place in refrigerator. Chill thoroughly.

Place softened ice cream in punch bowl. Pour coffee mixture over ice cream; stir gently. Top with dollops of whipped cream although I found that this may be overkill combined with a very good quality ice cream.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Lexie May 8, 2012 at 7:08 am

Australians will know this as iced coffee – we also have an iced chocolate variation. They can be found in most cafes and are utterly delicioous and amazing XD

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Belly May 9, 2012 at 4:23 am

I didn’t realise iced coffee was an Australian thing. Love them in summer! If we claim it, it will be one more thing to wrestle the Kiwis over :)

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Vicky May 20, 2012 at 2:39 am

Wait – other countries don’t have iced coffee? OR iced chocolate?
let’s make it official – it’s australian!

..hint: if you have any family members who make fun of your coffee addiction, get them
hooked on iced coffee first before switching them to espresso. #getting.people.addicted.to.caffiene

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Wren May 8, 2012 at 8:25 am

This is the first time I’ve heard of a coffee punch. I can hardly wait to try it! Thank you for sharing.

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AMC May 8, 2012 at 9:56 am

Be still, my heart! How have I lived this long without ever hearing about this?? I have to throw a party now just so I can make this!

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Wendy May 8, 2012 at 10:50 am

I’m going to have to try this!

For my wedding (in October…and yes, I have stories) we had a latte bar instead of alcohol. Our friend owns the local coffee shop in town and we asked her if she’d set up in a corner of the kitchen. There was a line from the moment the wedding service was over until everyone went home…HOURS later. Most had never had a latte before. Seven months later people talk more about that than the wedding!

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Wren May 8, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Another great idea–a latte bar. I learn so much on this site. This is a good alternative to serving alcohol.

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AMC May 9, 2012 at 8:26 am

This is a good idea too. My company does this at an annual event. They serve different kinds of gourmet coffee with whipped cream, chocolate shavings and cinnamon sticks. It’s A-MAZ-ING.

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Acadianna May 8, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Our wonderful PTA made coffee punch for us yesterday, as part of a “Teacher Appreciation Week” breakfast. It was absolutely delicious!!!

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Stacey Frith-Smith May 30, 2012 at 12:24 am

How fun is this? Oh, boy! I can hardly wait to try it! Do Fellow Ehell Readers think it’s manly enough to serve on Father’s Day as part of a light brunch?

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Tracy August 15, 2012 at 2:01 pm

If you do this, please offer an alternate beverage as well, as many of us find coffee downright unpleasant.

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CHRIS FICHTER October 22, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Had this at a baby shower. It is Awesome!!!

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NostalgicGal January 30, 2013 at 2:14 am

Thank you! I have an event in February and this sounds just like the perfect thing to go with the meal. That first one should knock them over, though I’m going to have to make some of both and see which one I like the best… heh.

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deborah December 7, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Those of you who haven’t tried it don’t knock it and try it once. I used to serve this with the grooms cake at weddings and replaced the milk with chocolate liquid creamer. It was the punch that I had to keep refilling and refilling and refilling.

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