I’ve had many, many requests for the easy, delicious, and creamy coffee punch recipe served at the shabby vintage style baby shower yesterday and I’m happy to share the recipe with you today.  This cold and creamy punch is as delicious as it sounds and gets requested for every shower or party I host.  It’s truly the best coffee punch ever!  {Looking for an adult version instead?  Be sure to check out the spiked coffee punch recipe I made recently!}

the best coffee punch recipe with ice cream

Made with chocolate and vanilla ice cream and just a few other easy-to-find ingredients, this punch is easy to make, can be prepped ahead of party time, thrown together at the last minute, and it will always delight your guests!  Report this ad

I’ve never served this recipe at a party when the bowl hasn’t been completely emptied and it always gets rave reviews and many requests for the recipe!  It’s a fun change from the standard soda and juice based punch recipes, especially for an adult party!Creamy Coffee Punch RecipePlay Video

This coffee punch recipe made its rounds for years at every bridal and baby shower that was hosted in my group of friends.  It’s a legend … and when you try it, you’ll understand why!  It’ll quickly become a legend in your group too!Report this ad

To make this punch, you’ll need the following ingredients.  {You can find a printable recipe card and frequently asked questions further down in this post.}

Cold Coffee Punch Recipe

1 gallon of whole milk {whole milk makes it creamier and thicker but you could also substitute a leaner variety}

1/2 gallon of vanilla ice cream

1/2 gallon of chocolate ice cream

1/4 cup powdered instant coffee

2 cups of white sugar

1 cup of water

coffee punch ingredients

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In a small saucepan, mix the coffee powder, sugar, and water, and heat the mixture until the sugar has melted and all the ingredients are dissolved and well mixed.  Don’t allow it to boil.

Refrigerate the mixture in an airtight container until you’re ready to use it.  The liquid will get kind of syrupy and become thicker as it cools. 

If you want to prep ahead for a party, you can make the syrup ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to a week.

coffee syrup for coffee punch

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Before the party guests arrive for the big shindig, pour the chilled syrup into a large punch bowl. {I often use a large apothecary jar to hold the punch instead of a standard punch bowl because I love the look of it.}

Add the entire gallon of milk and stir well.  Report this ad

Add all the ice cream {by scoops} into the punch.  Stir gently to mix.  

The ice cream doesn’t have to melt all the way prior to the party … it serves as the ice, keeping the punch nice and cold, and will slowly melt throughout the party.  Just give it a quick stir before serving a glass.

Enjoy!  This rich and creamy coffee punch will quickly become a requested recipe that’s handed down through friends and served at every party, shower, or special occasion. 

frequently asked questions

Can the coffee punch be made ahead of time?

If I’m hosting a large gathering, I like to make two or three batches of the syrup and store them separately in mason jars so I can quickly make another batch of punch without any extra measuring. 

The syrup can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for about a week.  For best results, the punch shouldn’t be mixed up in advance, however, if it has to be done, it will still taste good but will have a fully melted consistency.

What is instant coffee?

Instant coffee is the granular, fully dissolvable coffee found in the coffee aisle.  It doesn’t require brewing.Report this ad

Can brewed coffee be used instead of instant coffee?

I haven’t tried using brewed coffee but there’s no reason you couldn’t do that.  Brew it very strongly and you may want to eliminate a bit of the milk to replace that liquid with the coffee.

Can decaf instant coffee be used?


How many servings will this recipe make?

One batch of this recipe will fill a large punch bowl, serving about 20 cups, depending on the size of the glass used.  If you want a smaller amount, cut the amounts in half.

Can alcohol be added to this punch for a grown-up version?

Definitely!  You can add any of your favorite liqueurs or check out my spiked coffee punch recipe for a tried and true version of the classic.

Can this punch be made with different ice cream flavors?

For a chocolate, mocha style flavor I would recommend using at least one container of chocolate ice cream but you could definitely substitute the vanilla ice cream for another flavor.  Coffee ice cream would probably be delicious!

Can the amount of sugar be decreased or can it be completely eliminated?

I haven’t tried decreasing or removing the sugar but I would say you could easily cut it in half and still have a really palatable punch.  You could probably eliminate it altogether if you wanted but I haven’t tried it like that.Report this ad

Can the punch be served in a beverage dispenser instead of a punch bowl?

Because the punch gets served before the ice cream has fully melted, it would be difficult to serve it in a dispenser.  However, if you allow the ice cream to fully melt, a beverage dispenser would work.

The Best Coffee Punch

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The Best Coffee Punch

yield: 20 servingsprep time: 15 minutesadditional time: 30 minutestotal time: 45 minutes

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  • 1 gallon whole milk
  • 1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 gallon chocolate ice cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered instant coffee
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup water


  1. In a small saucepan, mix the coffee powder, sugar, and water and heat until the sugar has melted and all the ingredients are dissolved and well mixed. Don’t boil.
  2. Refrigerate the mixture in an airtight container until you’re ready to use it, at least 30 minutes. The liquid will get kind of syrupy.
  3. When ready to serve, pour the syrup into a large punch bowl.
  4. Add the entire gallon of milk and stir.
  5. Add all the ice cream, by scoops, into the punch. Stir gently to mix. The ice cream doesn’t have to melt all the way prior to the party … it serves as the ice, keeping the punch cold.

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