The Sherbet Punch recipe is dynamic; it changes colors to suit the occasion! Perhaps we should call it Chameleon Punch, instead. Raspberry? Orange? Pineapple? Lime? Choose your favorite sherbet flavor or match your party colors.
Plus, this recipe takes five
minutes and three ingredients at most, making it the go-to punch recipe.
This ever-popular party punch is much more commonly known as Sherbert Punch although there is actually only one 'r' in the name, pronounced "shur-bit." (You get used to it eventually.)
1/2 gallon sherbet, any flavor
2 quarts (8 cups) ginger ale
Chill all ingredients well before mixing.
Scoop sherbet into a large punch bowl. Stir to soften.
Slowly stir in the ginger ale.
Makes 32 servings.
Make Your Own Sherbet
Here's a simple sherbet recipe that can be adapted for many
fruits. Strawberries, peaches, mangoes, raspberries and pineapple are good. No
citrus though; you can't chop limes. And yes, I know, some of the ingredients
are not what you would expect to put in sherbet.
4 cups finely chopped fresh or frozen fruit (Don't bother to
thaw if frozen)
1 cup sugar (more for tart fruits like pineapple)
2 cups cream
1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 cups (1 quart) buttermilk
Puree the fruit, sugar, cream, lemon or lime juice, vanilla
and salt in a food processor. Add a little buttermilk if necessary. If seeded
fruits like strawberries or especially raspberries are used, press the pureed
mixture through a fine-mesh sieve to extract the seeds. Stir the fruit mixture
and buttermilk together in a large bowl.
If you have an ice cream maker that will handle this much base, use it to freeze the sherbet, following the manufacturer's instructions. Otherwise, transfer the mixture to a freezer-proof container and pop it in the freezer. This recipe makes about 1/2 gallon of sherbet, enough for the sherbet punch recipe above, so it will take quite a while to freeze it.
Set aside a third of the chopped fruit. Fold it into the pureed mixture before freezing or during the last 10 minutes in the ice cream maker.