Southern Coffee Punch

If you've ever been to a Southern bridal shower or baby shower, you've probably seen a strange brown liquid in a glass punch bowl. It's not chocolate milk or a party punch gone wrong. No, that large punch bowl is the quintessential Southern coffee punch you find at any and every shower you attend. Packed with vanilla ice cream, chocolate ice cream, and loads of strong coffee it's over the top delicious.

What is Southern Coffee Punch?

While the origin of the coffee punch recipes can't be traced, it can be speculated that the recipe got its start at church luncheons when church-goers wanted a sweeter take on the traditional coffee. From there the recipe spread to showers, adding a sweet touch to their brunch or lunch.

Every hostess usually has their own version of the recipe, which has probably been passed down. But we are here to reveal some secrets and let you in on how to make your own Southern coffee punch for your next gathering (be it Christmas or a birthday party). But be warned, this yummy iced coffee isn't for the weak of heart.

To begin, dissolve 1 jar of instant coffee granules and white sugar in boiling water. Cool in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to overnight. Thankfully this is one of those easy recipes you can prep ahead of time for your party.

Right before the party begins, pour the coffee mixture into your punch bowl and add one gallon of milk (2% or whole milk), 1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream, and 1/2 gallon chocolate ice cream. And if you are feeling a little frisky, you can always add in some of your favorite coffee liqueur, like Kahlua, to the punch bowl. Just make sure you let everyone know it's no longer nonalcoholic.

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Southern Coffee Punch

It's not a Southern shower without coffee punch. You'll go nuts over this drink mixed with iced coffee, ice cream and a tad of sugar.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 24 servings


  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 oz instant coffee granules
  • 1 gal milk
  • 1/2 gal vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 gal chocolate ice cream


  • In a large bowl stir together the boiling water, sugar, and instant coffee until dissolved. Cool in the fridge for 30 minutes and up to overnight.
  • Right before serving, pour the coffee mixture into a punch bowl and add the milk, vanilla ice cream and chocolate ice cream. Serve.