Coffee Punch: The Perfect Party Treat

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

Caramel syrup

… and maybe a few ounces of Bourbon, to keep it interesting

Mochaccino Punch

Barnie’s Café Mocha Truffle coffee


Dark chocolate gelato

Vanilla whipped cream

Chocolate shavings for garnish

Hawaiian Hazelnut with cream of coconut? Creamy Buttery Caramel with caramel pretzel ice cream? Santa’s White Christmas with French vanilla ice cream and a wallop of Frangelico liqueur?

Be a Barnie’s Coffee adventurer, and tell us about the coffee punch concoction you’ve created!

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