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This tropical Homemade Hawaiian Punch recipe is a delightfully easy and refreshing non-alcoholic fruit punch that is perfect for any party or luau! You’re going to want to make this all summer long!

An image of two glasses of Homemade Hawaiian Punch.

Homemade Hawaiian Punch Recipe

One of our favorite activities when we go to Hawaii is to visit a luau. I’ll be the first to admit that the food at these large luaus tends to be only okay, but nothing special. It’s really the music, dancing, and ambiance that I’m there for. 

But this last time we went to Kauai we tried the Smith Family Luau in Kauai and instead of the Mai Tai I opted for their kid-friendly Hawaiian Punch. It was delicious and took me right back to my childhood!

When I was a kid, Hawaiian punch was one of my very favorite beverages that would show up all the time at parties. Everybody’s lips would be stained red after a glass of Hawaiian punch, but I never even cared.

The classic “fruit juicy red” will always be my favorite, but like so many things, I’ve learned that I have a strong preference for homemade over store-bought. This simple Hawaiian Punch copycat recipe is no exception. 

I wanted to include it as part of my American Eats series representing the foods Hawaii is known for because it’s tied to our memories of our most recent trip!

An image of a large pitcher of tropical fruit punch next to a sliced pineapple. 

Homemade Hawaiian Punch is just a combination of a variety of fruit juices and nectars including tropical favorites like pineapple and guava. There is a little extra sugar to sweeten things up and some optional red food coloring to get the classic punch look, but that’s it. It takes less than five minutes to make and there is no cooking involved. 

Even with the sugar, it’s got to be better for you than the store-bought kind, which only contains 5% juice, not to mention a bunch of other unpronounceable ingredients. Which makes this homemade Hawaiian punch the perfect beverage to serve at all your summer events like parties, cookouts, showers, family reunions, picnics, and barbecues. It’s wonderful with Hawaiian macaroni salad and grilled cilantro lime chicken!

If you opt not to add the food coloring, the punch is still a pleasing orangey-pink color, so the red food coloring is totally optional.

This little cutie definitely approves.

An image of a child sipping a glass of homemade Hawaiian punch. 

What are the 7 fruits in Hawaiian Punch?

The seven fruits listed on the Hawaiian Punch Fruit Juicy Red label are apple, apricot, guava, orange, papaya, passion fruit, and pineapple. In my version, I swap out papaya nectar for mango nectar (personal preference)

Why is it called fruit punch?

I started wondering why this kind of drink was called “punch” and found an article that explains that it was invented by sailors in the Indian Ocean who used local ingredients of citrus, spices, and rum to create a replacement for the beer that would go bad on the journey there. They brought these concoctions back to Britain, then to the Americas, and the alcohol was eventually removed in many punch recipes so they would be appropriate for “ladies and children”.

But another explanation, at least according to wikipedia, is that there was a drink in Persia known as “panch” that was made with water, lemon, herbs, sugar, and rum, which made its way across Europe to Spain where the name changed to “ponche” and then on to Mexico. Which makes sense from a linguistic standpoint as well as if you consider the tradition of aguas frescas – refreshing drinks made with fresh fruit, water, and sugar –  that are popular in Mexico.

Homemade Hawaiian Punch Ingredients

  • pineapple juice
  • passion fruit juice
  • guava nectar
  • orange juice
  • apple juice
  • mango nectar (or papaya nectar, if you prefer)
  • apricot nectar
  • water
  • sugar
  • red food coloring

The trickiest ingredient to find tends to be passion fruit juice, which is why I tend to just buy a couple of passion fruit and blend the seeds and pulp with some of the water, then pour that through a mesh sieve before adding to the other ingredients. But if you have a hard time finding passion fruit or passion fruit juice, the punch still tastes wonderful without it.

An image of a pitcher of homemade Hawaiian punch with glasses of punch served on ice beside it.

All of the other ingredients are easy to obtain. Kern’s makes a bunch of fruit nectars that I can always find in the juice aisle. Another place to look for some of the juices is in the refrigerated section at the grocery store. 

Sun Tropics makes guava and mango nectars that you can find there next to the refrigerated orange juice that I have used before, and you can also get their POG (a blend of passion fruit, orange, and guava juices that is popular all by itself in Hawaii). Neither of those brands are sponsoring this post, but I’ve used them both and know they are great products.

How to make Hawaiian Punch at home

  1. Cut passion fruit in half and scoop the seeds and pulp into a blender. Add 2 of the cups of water and blend well, then pour through a fine mesh sieve into a large pitcher or punch bowl.
  2. Add the remaining water and all the other ingredients to the pitcher or punch bowl and whisk until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Chill in the fridge until cold, then serve over ice.

An image of a pitcher of homemade Hawaiian punch with glasses of punch served on ice beside it. An image of a child sipping a glass of homemade Hawaiian punch.

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Homemade Hawaiian Punch Recipe
Yield: 16 cups

Homemade Hawaiian Punch Recipe

This tropical Homemade Hawaiian Punch recipe is a delightfully easy and refreshing non-alcoholic fruit punch that is perfect for any party or luau!  You're going to want to make this all summer long!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 cups water
  • 2 passion fruit
  • 4 cups pineapple juice
  • 4 cups guava nectar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 cup Kern's mango nectar
  • 1/4 cup Kern's apricot nectar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring (optional for taste, but necessary for the classic red color)

Instructions

  1. Cut passion fruit in half and scoop the seeds and pulp into a blender. Add 2 of the cups of water and blend well, then pour through a fine mesh sieve into a large pitcher or punch bowl.
  2. Add the remaining water and all the other ingredients to the pitcher or punch bowl and whisk until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Chill in the fridge until cold, then serve.

Notes

You can use papaya nectar in place of mango nectar if you prefer. Papaya is actually one of the original fruits in Hawaiian Punch Fruit Juicy Red so it is more authentic. I just prefer mango instead.

Adapted from A Dash of Sanity.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 159 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 19mg Carbohydrates: 40g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 32g Protein: 1g

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