Lime Sherbet Punch

This Lime Sherbet Punch recipe is a quick and easy drink recipe that the whole family will love!

It starts with tart limeade and sweet tropical pineapple juice and is topped off with bubbly ginger ale and creamy lime sherbet.

This refreshing treat is as fun to make as it is to drink!

a can shaped glass filled with lime sherbet punch. It's garnished with lime wedges and two green and white straws.

If you love all things lime flavored, stop right now and mix up this delicious Lime Sherbet Punch!

It takes just a few minutes to combine limeade with pineapple juice, ginger ale, and sherbet to make a gorgeous green drink that is sweet, tart, and creamy all at once.

Need more citrusy sweets? Try our recipes for Lime Sorbet and Lemon Custard Ice Cream next.

Why You’re Going to Love This Lime Sherbet Punch Recipe

It’s Perfect for Parties! This recipe will show you how to make a small pitcher of punch which serves about 4, but you can easily double or triple this recipe to fill a punch bowl for your next shin-dig.

Wonderful Green Color. Serve green sherbet punch for St. Patrick’s Day, at a Halloween Party (think “monster goo”, or “witches brew”), or any time that a bright green beverage will fit the theme. At Christmastime, you can call this Grinch punch!

Customize It: Adjust the ingredients to make this lime sherbet punch exactly how you like it. I’ll give some smart suggestions below, or you can make your own fun changes.

For the adults, you can even spike lime punch with vodka, tequila, or triple sec!

two cans of seagrams ginger ale on a counter with a bowl of lime sherbet, lime wedges, and juice for punch.

Ingredients in The Best Lime Sherbet Punch

Limeade – Limeade is a sweet and tart beverage that goes perfectly with lime sherbet! You can use bottled limeade, or make it from concentrate using the canned juice in the freezer section.

Pineapple Juice – I feel like all delicious punch recipes include a little bit of pineapple in some form. This one is no exception.

Ginger Ale – To add fizz and effervescence and a bit of sweetness to the punch. I’m using two mini cans of ginger ale which add up to about 15 ounces of soda. That’s a bit more than one standard can of pop.

Lime Sherbet – Cool and refreshing with more sweet lime flavor, lime sherbet is the star of this recipe! Use store-bought sherbet, or make your own homemade lime sherbet for this punch.

Limes – To garnish the pitcher, I like to toss in thinly sliced lime wheels. Cut a slit on one side of the wheel if you want to use it on the rim of the glass.

a tall glass pitcher filled with green lime sherbet punch with foam on top.

How to Make Lime Sherbet Punch

This recipe is really just as easy as mixing all the ingredients together!

  1. Start by stirring the limeade and pineapple juice together in a pitcher or punch bowl.
  2. Next, add the ginger ale, and stir gently to combine.
  3. To serve, add scoops of lime sherbet and fresh lime slices, then enjoy!

For the complete list of ingredients and instructions, please see the recipe below.

a clear glass of green punch with lime sherbet and lime wedges.

Can I Make Sherbet Punch Without Soda?

Technically, you could make a lime punch without bubbly soda, but I wouldn’t recommend it. The bubbles react with the sherbet to create a delicious and airy foam on the top of the punch, much like what happens when you make a Coke float or rootbeer float.

What Can I Use Instead of Pineapple Juice in Punch Recipes?

If you’re not a fan of pineapple juice or don’t have any on hand, don’t worry!

You can make Lime punch using just limeade, or replace the pineapple juice with another light-colored juice, like white grape or apple.

Lime Sherbet Punch Recipe Tips

Stir Gently – You want the soda to stay fizzy, so be sure not to stir it up too much.

Drink Up! – After the punch has been mixed, it will start to lose its effervescence, so it’s best to serve and enjoy this recipe just after making it. I don’t suggest making sherbet punch ahead of time.

To Spice the Punch – Stir in a quarter cup of your favorite liquor. Clear alcohols like vodka, rum, or tequila will work best in this recipe.

Chill out – Start with chilled juices and soda so that you don’t need to add any ice to the punch.

How Much Punch To Make For a Party

This recipe makes enough lime sherbet punch to serve 4, so it’s perfect when you want to make a fun beverage for your family or a few friends.

For a larger group, simply multiply the recipe!

If you’d like to double this recipe to serve 8 people, use double the ingredients, and a larger container.

For simplicity, you can use a little bit less than one liter of ginger ale, or 1.5 20-ounce bottles.

Add that to 4 cups of limeade and 2 cups of pineapple juice, then mix in at least 4 cups of lime sherbet!

a clear can-shaped glass filled with lime sherbet punch. Text overlay says "lime sherbet punch"

Where Did Sherbet Punch Originate?

Wondering about the history of this sweet and unique party beverage?

Punches of all types have been enjoyed throughout modern history. Punch recipes including sherbet started showing up in the 1950’s when rainbow sherbet was first invented and made available in supermarkets.

You’ll find many party punch recipes in old cookbooks from the mid-century, when both non-alcoholic and spiked versions were very popular.

Can I Make Sherbet Punch with Sorbet?

You can, but I don’t recommend it.

Why Not?

Well, it’s important to understand the difference between sherbet and sorbet. Sherbet is made with milk or cream, while sorbet is made from only fruit juice and is generally dairy free.

Punch made with sorbet will not have the creamy, foamy layer on top, because it’s the dairy in the fruity sherbet that creates that.

But if you insist, we recommend you use Lime Ice Cream.

Lime Sherbet Punch Variations

Instead of Ginger Ale: Try this recipe with lemon-lime soda, cream soda, or lime soda if you can find it.

More Garnishes: Mint leaves, maraschino cherries, or fresh pineapple wedges will all be delicious and beautiful.

To Make it Extra Green: Add a few drops of green food coloring to the pitcher with the juices!

Try Other Sherbet Flavors: Try this recipe with Rainbow Sherbet or Orange Sherbet instead! Raspberry sherbet can also be used, but the red color may mix with the green from the limeade to turn your drink a cloudy brown color.

More Homemade Ice Cream Drink Recipes To Try

Our Favorite Ice Cream Making Tools:

  • Cuisinart 2QT Ice Cream Maker – Works with ice cream, sorbets, and frozen yogurt.
  • Loaf Pan – You can use any 9 x 13 loaf pan or a shallow pan, but we like this one.
  • Ice Cream Scoop – Make sure you have a good ice cream scoop. This is one of our favorites.
  • Ice Cream Containers – We love keeping a couple of ice cream containers on hand for when we make homemade ice cream.

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Yield: 4 Servings

Lime Sherbet Punch

a can shaped glass filled with lime sherbet punch. It's garnished with lime wedges and two green and white straws.

This sweet, tart, and creamy Lime Sherbet Punch recipe is a quick and easy drink recipe that the whole family will love!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 2 cups limeade
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 cans (7.5 ounces each) ginger ale
  • 2 cups lime sherbet
  • 1 lime, sliced into wheels


  1. In a large pitcher or punch bowl, stir together the limeade and pineapple juice. Next add the ginger ale and mix to combine. 
  2. Add the sherbet and sliced lime and enjoy. 


  • I'm using two mini cans of ginger ale to make this recipe, which is about 15 ounces of soda.
  • Sliced lime is optional but makes a great garnish.
  • You can either use bottled limeade or make limeade from concentrate (found in the freezer section of the grocery store).
  • Lime Sherbet is the star of this recipe! Use store-bought sherbet, or make your own homemade lime sherbet for this recipe.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 342Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 65mgCarbohydrates: 68gFiber: 2gSugar: 51gProtein: 2g
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