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Grinch Punch

My family expects to see this frothy green beverage on my buffet each Christmas. It always makes everyone happy. —Janice Hodge, Custer, South Dakota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    4 quarts


  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 12 drops neon green food coloring
  • 1 bottle (2 liters) lemon-lime soda, chilled
  • 2 pints vanilla ice cream


  • In a large saucepan, combine sugar and water. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved; remove from the heat. Stir in milk and extract. Transfer to a bowl; cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate until chilled.
  • Just before serving, transfer milk mixture to a punch bowl. Stir in the food coloring and soda. Top with scoops of ice cream.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Keep your ice cream scoops small so they are easy to ladle into punch cups or glasses.
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  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cup: 142 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 46mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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    • iluvbobcats
      Jan 2, 2016

      Made this for the first time Christmas Eve 2015 and what a hit!I made this EXACTLY as stated and it was perfect!The grandkids loved having GRINCH punch, plus it was green, all the adults loved this as well.We will have this every year from now on, thank you for this recipe.

    • dawnrosanne
      Dec 18, 2015

      A hit! This is one of our Christmas Eve traditions. :) I omit the sugar because it's sweet enough.

    • NanaJan82
      Mar 1, 2015

      This sounds good and creamy, but in our family we have been making Grinch Punch for years, However, we put 1/2 gallon lime sherbet in a punch bowl, add two 2 Liters of lemon lime soda. No added sugar, no added coloring, and it's low fat.We always had extra sherbet and soda on hand to add in as needed, because this was always a hit.

    • Rburnett14
      Dec 29, 2014

      I loved this recipe, and so did my family. However, if you are making for a big crowd, like 10 or more, you might want to double the recipe. Like someone else said, you can even change the color of the food coloring. Overall, it's a great recipe!

    • analuzcarrillo
      Dec 27, 2014

      This was my first year trying this recipe by the end of it tasted a lot like food coloring any comments on where I went wrong ?

    • justdreamin4now
      Dec 2, 2014

      I'm going to try this, leaving the sugar out. . .There should be plenty of "sweet" with the other ingredients. You could even omit or change the color, as desired.

    • laxvicbarb
      Nov 29, 2014

      I am wondering if a person might put alcohol in this for an adult party? It looks delicios and very pretty.

    • CardPat
      Nov 29, 2014

      Could this be made with Splenda and fat free evaporated milk?Have special diet needs in family and wondered if anyone has tried it that way.

    • Angel182009
      Aug 9, 2014

      I make this every Christmas and althouh it may be summer right now I still make it. My son loves to help me put this together and it's very refreshing on hot summer days. But of course we love it a Christmas time too b.c. we always have to have it when we watch the classic itself!

    • shortbreadlover
      May 20, 2014

      i made this recipe as a summer cooler and it was a big hit. it is a good way to get children to drink more milk.and i loved the3 alond flavor