There are lots of great things about coffee punch.
- It’s delicious.
- It’s easy to make.
- It keeps your guests alert.
- It keeps the conversation flowing (especially if you add a bit of liqueur).
But perhaps the best thing of all is how versatile it can be, with recipes only limited by your imagination.
Coffee punch is, at its simplest, a cold version of the classic Italian beverage affogato — a small scoop of vanilla gelato topped with a hot shot of espresso. Scaled up to party size and served in a punch bowl, it becomes a mega-sized coffee drink for your guests to enjoy by the ladle-full.
The basic recipe for a small party is:
Coffee Punch master recipe
- 8 cups of brewed coffee
- 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 carton of vanilla ice cream
- Chocolate or caramel syrup, to drizzle
While the coffee is warm, mix in the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract, and chill in refrigerator. For service, pour coffee mixture into a punch bowl, add small scoops of ice cream, and drizzle with syrup as a garnish. Let guests serve themselves by ladling into punch cups or coffee cups. Serves 8 -12.
It’s a simple recipe, with endless variations, and you’ll have no trouble showcasing your favorite Barnie’s coffee.
Nutty Coffee Punch
Barnie's Hazelnut coffee
Dulce de Leche caramel, or other caramel sauce
Vanilla ice cream
… and maybe a few ounces of Bourbon, to keep it interesting
Barnie’s Café Mocha Truffle coffee
Dark chocolate gelato
Vanilla whipped cream
Chocolate shavings for garnish
Be a Barnie’s Coffee adventurer, and tell us about the coffee punch concoction you’ve created!