*The highlights of birthday parties I went to as a child were the large punch bowls filled with sherbet punch, a fruity, fun version of an ice cream float. As an adult, it’s still hard to resist this fizzy drink that surprises you with creamy traces of sherbet as you sip.

Game plan: Since this drink is not served over ice, make sure your punch bowl and all your ingredients are well chilled. To keep the punch cold for a longer period of time, fill a larger bowl with ice and nestle the punch bowl on top.

This recipe was featured as part of our Nonalcoholic Summer Sippers photo gallery.

  • Yield: 12 drinks
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Total: Under 5 mins
  • Active: Under 5 mins

Ingredients (4)

  • 6 cups ginger ale (48 ounces or about 1 1/2 liters), chilled
  • 2 1/2 cups orange juice, chilled
  • 1 cup pineapple juice, chilled
  • 12 scoops orange sherbet (about half of a 1-1/2-quart container)


Combine ginger ale, orange juice, and pineapple juice in a punch bowl. Float scoops of sherbet on top and let sit until sherbet melts slightly, about 2 minutes. Serve immediately.