We just got back from a camping trip and I should be doing laundry, but this sunshine has me thinking about cold treats! Today is the perfect day for me to share my “signature” punch with all of you. It is perfect for all occasions, BBQs, showers, parties, the holidays, or no special occasion at all! I have even won over non-coffee drinkers with this punch.
The original recipe was passed down to me many years ago by a co-worker. We have lost contact over the years, but I think about her every time I get a request for this recipe or a compliment on the taste. I have changed it a bit and played with the recipe over the years. I have tried adding flavoring to make it hazelnut or mocha, but the best reviews of the recipe come from the plain coffee version.
I know you might feel skeptical about the recipe because it uses instant coffee, but never fear, you really can’t tell! It is so easy to whip up the concentrate and then add the milk just before the party starts! The concentrate keeps for a long time in a jar in the fridge, and I may know someone who has put a dash of concentrate with a splash of milk in a cup on a normal day and treats themselves to latte punch when there’s nothing to celebrate…It is kind of like having those bottled coffee drinks in your fridge, at a fraction of the price!
So whether you’re having a party or just in need of a treat for yourself, mix up a batch of the concentrate and give it a taste, I bet you’ll never question what kind of punch to make again!
- 3/4 cup instant coffee (regular or decaf)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 gallon of milk
- 1 quart of vanilla ice cream as a punch topper (optional)
In a small sauce pan mix together the instant coffee, sugar, and water. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the coffee and the sugar dissolves.
Remove from the heat and let cool for 15-20 minutes. Pour the concentrate into a glass jar or other small container with a lid. Refrigerate until cold.
When you are ready to make the punch pour the concentrate into a punch bowl. Add a gallon of milk and stir. Top with scoops of vanilla ice cream!