If you need a refreshing drink that the whole family will love, these non-alcoholic summer punch recipes are perfect for holidays like July 4th, backyard BBQs, and any summertime party that calls for a delicious, non-alcoholic beverage!
Living in North Carolina, it’s always important to stay hydrated during the hot, humid summers, and there’s no better way to cool down than with a bowl of something chilled and tasty!
While it’s no secret that I enjoy a glass of wine or spiked punch, I always like having a non-alcoholic option available for the kids and any friends or family who don’t drink.
It’s also nice having a non-alcoholic punch in the summertime since it’s so easy to get dehydrated, and I’m often craving something fresh, light, and thirst-quenching.
I’ve made many non-alcoholic punches in my time for different parties and events, and the following recipes are my all-time FAVORITES for hot weather.
Summer Punch Criteria
For a punch to be “summery”, it needs to meet the following criteria:
Is refreshing and/or crisp
Uses peak summer produce and flavors
Should be served ice cold
Is best described as “summer in a glass”
So you won’t find any pomegranate juice or mulled punches on this list for obvious reasons 😂
Occasions For Summer Punch
As for when to serve these punches, they’re perfect for so many occasions, including:
Summer Holidays (4th of July, Labor Day)
Whenever you need a refreshing, delicious drink to beat the heat!
Depending on the occasion, these are all very easy to make in small, medium, or big batches. And for an “adult” version of any of these punches, you can of course add a liquor of your choice and you’ll be all set!
These punches are all different from one another and use a wide range of ingredients, so I’m confident there’s an alcohol-free punch here for every palate and summer occasion 🙂
With that said, let’s check out some tasty summer punch recipes!
Starting off, we have one of my favorite summer punch recipes! It's super light and fruity, while not being overly sweet. You also only need three ingredients, so it's incredibly easy to make and whips up in seconds.
Ingredients are club soda (I like to use lemon-flavored), pineapple juice, and orange juice. You can also add in fresh raspberries, lemon wedges, and sprigs of mint to zhuzh it up a bit!
Nothing says summer quite like strawberry lemonade! This is another simple but delicious punch recipe that only requires three ingredients. Even though it uses frozen strawberries so it could technically be made any time of year, it's undeniably ideal for hot weather sipping.
To make it, you essentially just blend frozen strawberries with a can of frozen lemonade concentrate, pour it in a punch bowl, and then top with lemon lime soda. So it has a fizzy, slushy texture and tangy, fruity flavor!
Here's yet another three ingredient recipe that whips up in minutes! Watermelon is another one of my favorite summer flavors, and it's always fun to use the actual watermelon as a festive punch bowl.
Make it by opening a cleaned, seedless watermelon and scooping out the flesh. Then put the watermelon in the blender, strain out any chunks, and finally blend it again with a can of frozen lemonade and pineapple juice.
The best part? You don't even have to worry about washing a punch bowl if you use the hollowed out watermelon!
This punch will have you feeling just peachy in no time! It's basically a virgin Bellini, and who wouldn't want that!?
For ingredients, you just need 2 peaches, sugar, lemon juice, water, and soda water. Blend the ingredients other than the soda water up in a blender, strain the puree through a strainer, then add it to glasses and top with soda water.
This will make enough punch for 4 people, but you can of course increase the ratios as needed if you need a bigger batch.
If you're looking for a punch that will transport you right to a tropical island, look no further! It's a unique recipe that combines all your favorite beach-y flavors into one tasty punch.
For ingredients, you need frozen mango orange juice cans, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, sweetened lime juice, water, and lemon lime soda. Mix everything up in a pitcher, then top with lemon lime soda.
If this punch doesn't refresh you on a hot day, nothing will! It's floral, bubbly, tart, and just a little sweet. Though a bit more complicated to make than some of the other punch recipes on this list, it would be 100% worth it and is sure to impress at any get together.
The recipe involves making hibiscus syrup with sugar and dried hibiscus leaves, which you can get online or at a specialty grocery store. Other ingredients are fresh mint, coconut water, lime juice, and sparkling water.
Muddle the mint and hibiscus syrup in a punch bowl or pitcher, then add in the rest of the ingredients and you're ready to serve!
We of course needed to include a punch for the biggest summer holiday! Whether you're at the beach or having a backyard BBQ, you'll definitely need something festive to sip on and this punch is July 4th perfection.
The three ingredients you need are tropical punch (like Hawaiian Punch), pineapple juice, and Sprite. To make it extra festive, cut a few apples into stars and throw some blueberries and strawberries on top!
This punch is SO festive and would be super fun to make with the kids! Fresh melon in the summertime is always a treat, and it pairs so well with sparkling grape juice and lemonade.
To make it, use a melon baller and scoop out a cantaloupe, honey dew, and watermelon. Put the melon balls in the freezer until they're frozen, then add them to a punch bowl or pitcher with the sparkling grape juice, lemonade, lemon lime soda, and mint.
To finish us off, we have a gorgeous made-from-scratch punch starring blueberries and basil!
It takes a little bit more time to make than some of the other punches on this list, but it's still a relatively easy recipe. You can also make it ahead of time, which is always a bonus!
You first simmer a mixture of blueberries, basil, water, and sugar on the stove, then put the mixture through a sieve, add some lime juice, and chill in the fridge.
When you're ready to serve, just pour club soda on top of the blueberry basil reduction and garnish with a sprig of basil or a handful of blueberries.
I already feel refreshed just thinking about these punch recipes! Which recipe spoke to you and are you excited to make? Or do you have a favorite non-alcoholic summer punch that I need to try? If so, please let me know in the comment section below 🙂