This Southern Living coffee ice cream punch recipe uses a homemade (not instant) coffee concentrate that is easy to make ahead and pull out just in time for the party.
For those ladies in “my generation” of 50’s and older, coffee punch is almost a must-have beverage for any bridal or baby shower. It is completely and unapologetically decadent. Even the most ardent dieters tend to splurge on a tiny cup of this. If I had to choose between cake and this punch, the punch will win hands down:-)
This is the official Southern Living Coffee-Ice Cream Punch recipe, and it is the best (in my opinion). The coffee base is adapted from a recipe in Commander’s Kitchen Cookbook. The coffee concentrate can be made in large batches and stored in the fridge for up to a month.
The photos below show how I make my coffee concentrate and store ahead of time for a party.
For this coffee punch, I used Aldi’s German roasted coffee (regular) for my coffee concentrate. The container holds about 3 quarts of water, a bit less than the recipe calls for which is fine. Coffee strength is preference, and I prefer mine strong.
Straining the coffee is a bear; you’ll want to have cheesecloth on hand. The grinds are thick and clumpy, and the concentrate will be dark. But it will be perfect once mixed with the other ingredients in the punch.
Coffee Punch Bowl: I love a bowl that can multi-task, and this Aerin white punch bowl fits the bill. I spotted this bowl and had to have it (along with the tea glasses that match). I use it for salad, punch, small crushed ice for some parties, and more.
Coffee ice ring: I have an small mold that I use to make a large coffee ice ring to keep the punch cold. You can use ice cube molds or other fun shapes. I used purchased iced coffee for my ring and froze it several days ahead.
Here are links to my punch bowl, ice ring (similar) and punch ladle (similar).
Note: I highly recommend using the almond flavor in this punch! It wasn’t pictured in the photo above because I couldn’t find it at my last party. The punch wasn’t as yummy without it:-(
Below is a video showing how to put the punch together before guests arrive. You’ll want to start about 30-45 minutes prior; you don’t want to be scooping ice cream when guests walk in the door.
Trust me; folks will RAVE over this punch! It is decadent!!!If you host a shower or party, do try this. If you do, I’d love to have a photo of the punch to share here on the post:-) As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!