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Easy and Best Frozen Jello Punch Recipe

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Everyone will love this frozen jello punch, a favorite easy recipe to prepare ahead of time for weddings, parties, and showers with friends and family!

frozen jello punch in pitcher

Every mom needs to have a few special recipes that she is famous for.

For me, those recipes include my Almost Like Candy Bars, Instant Russian Tea recipe, and my Slow Cooker Taco Soup.

Another one that is at the top of the list? This frozen jello punch recipe!

I’ve served it at my daughter’s wedding, our 25th wedding anniversary, my yearly Christmas parties, elephant themed baby shower, and birthday parties.

I often use a punch bowl but I have also used a beverage dispenser and love the look. (However, honestly, you can’t dip out the fun slushy ice from this dispenser so it tastes better in a punch bowl. Your choice!)

I’m hoping to make a family cookbook fairly soon and the only thing my kids have requested over and over is my punch recipe! Not sure what that says about my cooking.

frozen jello punch on counter

My oldest daughter loves it so much that she talked me into making 18 gallons of it for her wedding. Now that’s a mama’s love right there!

Quick tips for making this Frozen Jello Punch:

  • Use any flavor jello but I prefer red or green.
  • Can be served in a beverage dispenser or punch bowl.
  • Make ahead and freeze to save preparation time.
  • Freeze in an inexpensive plastic pitcher instead of leftover milk jugs.

This recipe is not too complicated unless you start doubling or multiplying by 1 1/2.

When I previously made this for my large Christmas party (about 40 people) I would make 1 1/2 times this recipe. You can always add more Ginger Ale to make it go farther.

For Rachel’s wedding, I had 32 2-liters ready to go with my 18 gallons of the frozen mixture. We ended with several bottles leftover and refroze the punch.

My suggestion: don’t use grape jello because it ends up greyish pukey-looking. Fortunately, we started several weeks ahead of time to learn that lesson! Green or red is good.

Also, it’s better to freeze it in inexpensive plastic pitchers instead of gallons milk jugs. My sweet friends who helped at the wedding had to cut open the tops of the jugs to get the punch into the dispensers we used. Lesson learned!

People rave over this recipe! Seriously, it’s a guaranteed hit!

(You might also like my easy Blue Frozen Punch!)

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Frozen Jello Punch

If you need a large beverage dispenser this one has the removable ice cone in the middle.

Unbreakable 3-1/2-Gallon Beverage Dispenser with Removable Ice-Cone

A glass of beer on a table, with Punch

Frozen Jello Punch

Guaranteed crowd pleaser and easy to make ahead of any occasion!
Calories 5794kcal
Author Marty's Musings


  • 3 small pkg. jello any flavor
  • 9 cups boiling water
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 4 cups water
  • 16 oz. bottle lemon juice
  • 2 46- oz. cans pineapple juice
  • 2 large bottles Ginger Ale


  • Dissolve jello in boiling water and set aside.
  • Boil sugar and water and add to jello.
  • Cool and add lemon juice and pineapple juice.
  • Mix all together and freeze.
  • When ready to use, slush up and add 2 large bottles Ginger Ale.


You can always stretch this recipe by adding extra Ginger Ale.
You might want to serve in small punch cups because people love this drink!
Can serve in beverage dispenser or punch bowl. Punch bowl will retain the icy slush better!

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  2. I made this for a retirement party at my school and it made enough to give all sixty people there a cup. So it is a big batch and you should have extra bottles of juice and pop if you have to thaw it quickly or stretch it. I added a big bottle of cranberry juice in order to melt it a little faster. Everyone loved it and wanted the recipe.

  3. i would love to try this recipe and freeze ahead of time. How much do this recipe make in total with just the freezing portion before the ginger ale?

    1. Hi, Tammy. Depending on the type of container it makes about a gallon and a half. We’ve used both milk jugs and gallon pitchers. I’ve also been known to add some extra juices if I bought bigger bottles. Good luck!

        1. Hi, Janice. I think you could but I would double bag them to be safe. When you get ready to use them, lay them in the pitcher (or punch bowl or whatever) and cut them so they don’t splash or make a mess. Hope this helps!

  4. What do you freeze the punch in? Is it hard to get it out of the container when you’re ready to serve? How long do you suggest setting out before it’s slushy and ready to serve?

    1. Hi, Wjitney. When I made the punch for my daughter’s wedding I froze it in plastic milk jugs and then just cut them open with a knife or cutter. It wasn’t ideal but it saved the cost of pitchers. When I’m making it for a smaller group I just use plastic gallon pitchers. I usually thaw at room temperature about 4 to 5 hours ahead of time in an average climate. Good luck!

    2. We make this for church potlucks. We freeze them in gallon ziplock bags. When we need one we pop it in a microwave for about two minutes or just until the outside thaws a bit.

  5. Made your frozen punch for a shower & it was a huge hit, everyone loved it. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  6. What flavor of jello did you use for your daughter’s wedding? And your 25th Ann.?

    1. Hi, Crystal. I was trying to look at pics and remember what we used for my daughter’s wedding! I believe we used lime for the wedding and for our anniversary we used red (strawberry or something similar). I make this recipe most everything Christmas and red is my favorite. Grape or something like that is NOT the flavor to use. Stick to pure colors. Good luck!

  7. Im confused
    I see you melt the sugar in the 9 cups of boiling water but then the ingredients list 4 more cups of water …. where do these come in?
    Are you dissolving the jello in these 4 cups?
    Thanks so much

    1. Hi, Bonnie. You dissolve the jello in 9 cups boiling water and set aside. Then you boil 4 cups sugar and 4 cups water and add to jello. So there are 2 separate steps with water. Make sense? Marty

  8. So how much frozen punch do you put in the punch bowl at a time to add ginger ale.

    1. Hi, Sonya. It really depends on the size of the punch bowl. If possible, I would just divide everything in half. You can also make this ahead of time and put into containers in the refrigerator. Hope this helps!

  9. If i don’t have time to freeze it will it turn out? It just won’t be a slush correct?

  10. Hi Marty,

    I am from Canada and just wondering what you use for lemon juice in your recipe. Realemon lemon juice from concentrate or pre made lemon juice?

  11. Making this for my daughters baby shower. Made other slush punches before. Ready to make a new one.

  12. I plan to make this punch using lemon jello. It’s for my mother’s 80th birthday and her favorite color is yellow.

  13. My Mother-in-law catered weddings and we made this punch a lot but we never used lemon juice. We used pineapple juice, quava nectar, peach nectar, pear nectar and mango nectar. It is amazing. I still do it for showers.

  14. Hi, I noticed nobody has added any wine. I’m looking for a punch that we can enjoy with appies while getting ready at the house for my daughter’s wedding photos and it’s more fun to have a little kick in your punch. Is there a particular wine or champagne you’d choose. Thanks Wendy

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