Copycat Hawaiian Punch a classic summer drink recipe that is easy to make with a variety of juice & nectars; and the red food coloring is optional.

Copycat Hawaiian Punch in a glass pitcher up close

This recipe for Copycat Hawaiian Punch brings back childhood memories of me at the pool with a red-stained smile on my face. What is great about this recipe is that you don’t have to have a red-stained smile to be happy.

Fruity drinks and sherbert punches are always spring and summer must-haves. These”fancy” drinks, as my kids refer to them, always make for a beautiful centerpiece.

There are so many things going on in summer, from parties, showers, barbecues, get-togethers, and lemonade or fruit punch stands, that it is nice to have a fun drink recipe on hand like this Copycat Hawaiian Punch.

There are two things that I remember about Hawaiian Punch.

First is the board game.  Does anyone else remember that? The second is having this classic summer drink with my mom and siblings at the pool.

My sister Tami always had the biggest red-stained smile from the amount of Hawaiin Punch she drank. I honestly feel like she did this on purpose to upset my mom. Lol.

Copycat Hawaiian Punch in a glass pitcher being poured into a glass cup


I hadn’t had Hawaiian Punch in a long time since childhood until I had kids. I wanted to create that same fun, red-stained smiles. There was only one issue I wanted to know what was in their drinks and I wanted to be able to make them myself.

In addition, I wanted the option for no red food coloring. At the risk of stained carpet or even just being nice to leave food coloring out overall.

This recipe tastes just like the original—and even better! It stays well in the fridge for three days, and the kids will love it.

It’s fun to serve this just as is, with no food coloring, and adding a scope of raspberry sherbet – this makes a great punch.

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Copycat Hawaiian Fruit Punch in a glass pitcher and being poured into glass cup

Copycat Hawaiian Punch

Prep: 5 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 89 kcal
Copycat Hawaiian Punch a classic summer drink recipe that is easy to make with a variety of juice & nectars; and the red food coloring is optional. 

Ingredients
 

  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • 1 ½ cups Kern’s Guava Nectar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • ½ cup apple juice
  • ½ cup Kern’s Mango Nectar
  • 2 tablespoons Kern’s Apricot Nectar
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon Red food coloring optional (leave out if you don’t want the red stained smile)

Instructions
 

  • Combine all of the ingredients into a 64 ounce pitcher and whisk together until sugar is dissolved. Refrigerate until cold, then serve. Oh, yes it is that easy folks.
  • This recipe taste best when chilled, trust me we know.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Top Secret Recipes
Serving: 10gCalories: 89kcalCarbohydrates: 22gSodium: 8mgPotassium: 94mgSugar: 20gVitamin A: 145IUVitamin C: 15.8mgCalcium: 15mgIron: 0.2mg
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53 Comments

  1. 2 Tablespoons of orange juice hardly seems worth the trouble , so I was just wondering, is the OJ supposed to be frozen OJ concentrate? If you tell me “No” , I’ll take your word for it and use the 2tbs. Measurement as directed. Oh, one more thing , does it need to be fresh OJ, canned or what??

    1. I’m guessing that it only ask for that much because adding more would make orange plus orange juice is a little pungent and over rides other flavors. All ingredients combined gives it the exact Hawaiian Punch flavors. I tried it and it is wonderful. Don’t over think it. Enjoy

  2. The Kerns Nectars appear to have high fructose corn syrup in them. Do you know of another brand or substitution so I can avoid this ingredient?

    1. You can find the Jumex brand in the Mexican isle . They have all but the orange. But also look in juice isle for low sugar or no sugar added. They usually have all but the Guava nectar and Jumex carries that

  3. 5 stars
    Love a refreshing drink like this that is kid-friendly and perfect for summer parties. Thanks for sharing!

  4. 5 stars
    This has always been a summertime staple in our home, but this recipe is wayyy better than any store bought version! My whole family loved it!

  5. I am making a punch for my daughters birthday party and it calls for store bought hawaiian punch. Can I make this and use it instead exactly as the recipe call for it? I am trying to stay away from red food coloring so I would just leave it out. The recipe is just punch, sprite, and sherbet.

  6. 5 stars
    I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting in terms of how much this would taste like actual Hawaiian Punch, but it was bloody amazing! I’ve lived in the UK for the past 17 years after moving from the US, and occasionally get the 2 gallon jug of HP from the american food shop online. I had a luau party today and made this for the first time. I did have to make one substitution, I couldn’t find mango juice, but there was an apple/mango blend. I wasn’t sure of the proportions, so I just used it as if it was half apple and half mango. I put in a little bit more orange juice than what’s called for here, but not all that much more.

    In all, I think it carries the same flavour profile as the real deal, but it’s so much more delicious with real juices in it. It’s a bit of a pain to get all the juices and store them in a small UK fridge, but I think I’ll definitely make this again sometime!

    1. Thank you so much for your comment and good to know about the mango juice, I actually had a hard time finding it myself recently. Love that you enjoyed this so much!

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