Porch Punch Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Porch Punch cocktail is a classic Southern drink that has been enjoyed on warm summer evenings for generations. It's a refreshing, fruity cocktail that's perfect for sipping on the porch while enjoying a beautiful sunset. This cocktail is loved by those who enjoy sweet and fruity flavors, and it's a hit at summer parties and barbecues.

  • Originated in the Southern United States
  • Traditionally enjoyed during the warm summer months
  • Perfect for outdoor gatherings and parties

How Porch Punch Tastes?

The Porch Punch cocktail is a delightful blend of sweet, sour, and fruity flavors. The sweetness of the peach schnapps and pineapple juice is perfectly balanced by the tartness of the cranberry juice and the sourness of the lemon juice. The vodka adds a strong kick, making this cocktail a refreshing and invigorating drink.

Interesting facts about Porch Punch

  • The Porch Punch cocktail is a versatile drink that can be made with a variety of fruits, making it a great choice for using up leftover fruit.
  • Despite its sweet and fruity flavor, this cocktail packs a punch with a high alcohol content.
  • The Porch Punch is often served in a large punch bowl at parties and gatherings, making it a social drink that encourages sharing and camaraderie.


A few good options for Porch Punch are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

Learn everything on which Vodka to choose


  • Why 2 oz? The vodka is the backbone of our Porch Punch, giving it that pleasant kick you expect from a cocktail. Using less might not give the desired buzz, while more might overpower the sweetness. It's neutral but strong, much like a silent hero in an action movie.
  • What if it’s missing? Expect a punch without the punch. It simply wouldn't be much of a cocktail.
  • Alternatives? White rum could give a more tropical spin without changing the sweetness.

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Peach Schnapps

  • Why 1 oz? Peach Schnapps brings a luscious sweetness that's necessary for balancing the tartness of the juices. More could lead to a sugar overload, while any less would lose the peachy profile.
  • What if it’s missing? No peachy keen Porch Punch, my friend. It wouldn't be as fruit-forward and summer-like.
  • Alternatives? Orange liqueur for a citrusy twist, while maintaining the sweetness level.

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Lemon Juice

  • Why 1 oz? It provides a zesty brightness that cuts through the sweetness and enlivens the palate. Too little, and the drink will be flat; too much, and your face will do the sour tango.
  • What if it’s missing? The cocktail becomes a sweet, cloying affair that won't refresh you on that hot porch.
  • Alternatives? Lime juice could work, trading one citrus zing for another.

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Cranberry Juice

  • Why 2 oz? Cranberry juice is the tart, fruity contrast to the sweet peach and pineapple. It’s kinda like wearing a bright tie with a suit—adds a pop without taking over the show.
  • What if it’s missing? It's like forgetting that tie at a formal event—something would be lacking.
  • Alternatives? Pomegranate juice for a similar tartness with an antioxidant bonus.

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Pineapple Juice

  • Why 2 oz? This tropical delight rounds out the drink’s sweetness and provides that vacation-in-a-glass vibe. Too much and you might as well be drinking fruit punch; too little and you'll miss the tropical memo.
  • What if it’s missing? The cocktail would feel more like a 'Porch Sip' rather than a 'Punch'.
  • Alternatives? Mango juice for a different kind of tropical sweetness.

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Recipe. How to make Porch Punch Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add the vodka, peach schnapps, lemon juice, cranberry juice, and pineapple juice.
  3. Shake well until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty.
  4. Strain into a glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a slice of lemon and a cherry.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lemon juice for the best flavor.
  • Chill your glass before serving for a colder, more refreshing drink.
  • If you're making this for a party, you can easily multiply the recipe to make a large batch.

Perfect Pairings


  • Grilled Shrimp: The sweet and tangy flavors of the Porch Punch pair delightfully with seafood, especially lighter options like grilled shrimp.
  • Charcuterie Board: A selection of cured meats, cheeses, and fruits will complement the cocktail's fruitiness and offer a delightful contrast to its sweetness.

Main Courses

  • Barbecue Chicken: The smokey flavor of barbecue sauce will be a great match for the sweet and tart notes of the Porch Punch.
  • Summer Salads: Opt for salads with a citrus vinaigrette to echo the lemon juice in the cocktail.


  • Lemon Sorbet: The refreshing citrus flavors enhance the zesty lemon in the drink.
  • Peach Cobbler: Tie in the peachy notes of the Peach Schnapps while savoring this classic dessert.

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What you could change in Porch Punch

  • You can substitute the peach schnapps with apricot brandy for a different fruity flavor.
  • If you don't have cranberry juice, you can use pomegranate juice instead.
  • For a non-alcoholic version, replace the vodka and peach schnapps with peach nectar and sparkling water.

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And of course - twists🍹

Spicy Porch Punch

  • Ingredients: Add a 1/2 oz of jalapeño syrup.
  • Recipe: Follow the original recipe, but include the jalapeño syrup when you shake it all up.
  • Description: The sweetness now kicks back with a little heat, adding another layer of complexity. It’s perfect for those who like to live on the spicy edge of life.

Porch Punch Royale

  • Ingredients: Substitute vodka with champagne or sparkling wine (2 oz).
  • Recipe: Shake the non-alcoholic ingredients, strain into the glass, and top with champagne.
  • Description: This gives the punch a fizzy lift, defining the Porch Punch as a celebration in a glass. Perfect for special occasions or when you're feeling fancy.

Tropical Porch Punch

  • Ingredients: Add 1/2 oz of coconut cream.
  • Recipe: Along with the original ingredients, blend the addition of coconut cream with ice to give it a smoothie-like consistency.
  • Description: Bringing in a creamy, coconut texture, this twist transports you straight to the beach, or at least makes you wish you were there. Get your mini umbrellas ready!

In case you forgot basics how to make Porch Punch

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

Learn everything on how to shake

Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

Learn everything on how to strain

Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Porch Punch

Can I use other spirits instead of vodka in Porch Punch?

Yes, you can try using rum or tequila instead of vodka for a different twist to the cocktail.

What other garnishes can be used for Porch Punch?

Other than a slice of lemon and a cherry, you can also use a slice of pineapple or a sprig of fresh mint for garnish.

I am gluten intolerant. Can I still have Porch Punch?

Yes, the Porch Punch cocktail can be gluten-free. Vodka, Peach Schnapps, Lemon Juice, Cranberry Juice, and Pineapple Juice are typically gluten-free. However, you should always check the bottle's label to ensure that the specific brand you're using doesn't contain any gluten.

Is there a particular type of vodka that works best in a Porch Punch?

While any vodka should work fine in a Porch Punch, using a higher quality vodka can make a difference in the taste of the cocktail.

Can I prepare Porch Punch in advance?

Yes, you can prepare Porch Punch in advance and keep it in the refrigerator. However, it's best to add the ice just before serving to avoid dilution.

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