Mocha Punch – It’s a Family Tradition!

Mocha Punch is, hands down, my most requested punch recipe ever!  I’ve been making it for years and it’s my family’s favorite beverage!  As a matter of fact, not only is this punch a favorite, but it has become a Thanksgiving and Christmas tradition.  And, the base is made the day before and refrigerated overnight.  Easy.

So many people have asked for this recipe over the years. My sister also serves it on Christmas morning and several of her teacher friends serve it too. Once you try it, you’ll love it!

My mocha punch is always a big hit at parties, as well.  I usually have to double or triple the recipe. Now, if only someone would make pre-scooped ice cream, it would be so much easier to triple this favorite.

Someone once said that this punch tastes like a frappuccino but better. I totally agree! Try it the next time you host a gathering and let me know what you think. 

Mocha Punch is a family tradition for holidays and special occasiona

Every Thanksgiving and Christmas morning you will find me (in addition to preparing for the BIG meal) in the kitchen baking cinnamon rolls. I cheat.  I make delicious crescent roll cinnamon rolls and toss a few flecks of flour on my face and down the front of my shirt and proceed to make the mocha punch.

Ain’t nobody got time to make cinnamon rolls from scratch (the kind that has to rise) AND host Christmas lunch for the entire family.

And every year, a few days before Thanksgiving and Christmas, the phone calls and texts come pouring in from my grown children with this one question, “You ARE making THE punch this year, right?”  As if.

I always make THE punch and cinnamon rolls for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  It’s the breakfast of champions!  And it’s a tradition.

Mocha Punch is what I serve on Thanksgiving and Christmas mornings

How to Make Mocha Punch (it’s so easy!)

Bring water to a boil. Remove from the heat and add Nestle Chocolate Nesquik, sugar, and coffee. Mix well and let cool a little before pouring into a glass or plastic container. Refrigerate overnight or at least four hours. 

Thirty minutes before serving, scoop the chocolate and vanilla ice cream into a punch bowl. Remove the chocolate mixture from the refrigerator and give it a good stir. Carefully pour the mixture over the ice cream. 

Mix gently a few times but don’t overmix. You don’t want the ice cream to melt completely. 


Mocha Punch – It’s a Family Tradition!

Mocha Punch – It’s a Family Tradition!

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

My entire family (including the grandkids) love this punch. I make the base of the punch the night before and add the ice cream right before serving. This punch is creamy and tastes like a huge frappuccino - only better!


  • 1-1/2 quarts water
  • ½ cup Nestle Nesquik (chocolate flavor powdered)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup instant coffee granules (I use decaf so my grands can partake)
  • ½ gallon vanilla ice cream
  • ½ gallon chocolate ice cream


  1. The night (or at least 4 hours) before serving, bring water to a boil in a saucepan. Remove from heat and add Nesquik, sugar and coffee. Mix well, pour into a glass or plastic container and place in refrigerator.
  2. Thirty minutes before serving, scoop the chocolate and vanilla ice cream into a punch bowl. Remove the Nesquik mixture from the fridge and give it a good stir and pour over ice cream.
  3. Mix gently but don't over mix until the ice cream melts - just once or twice. We like it better before the ice cream completely melts. Store leftovers (never happens to me) in freezer and thaw a few minutes before serving.
  4. NOTE: This recipe makes an entire (regular size) punch bowl full.
Nutrition Information
Yield 20 Serving Size 6 oz.
Amount Per Serving Calories 265 Total Fat 12g Saturated Fat 7g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 4g Cholesterol 41mg Sodium 118mg Carbohydrates 37g Fiber 1g Sugar 32g Protein 4g

What do you serve for breakfast on Christmas Day?


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About Alli

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  1. yes and she got me making it every year too. my family loves it. 🙂

    • Thanks, Melinda! Isn’t it the best punch in the world? And for some strange reason I only make it during the holiday season. I know it would be awesome during the rest of the year, too, especially in the summer! 🙂

  2. OMG this sounds delish! Pinned for later! 😀

    • Marilyn, thanks for pinning my punch! It is delicious and so easy to make. I like that it’s basically done the night before. I’m all about easy.

  3. Alli, this looks sooo super yummy!! I am totally pinning this for the holiday season! We used to do eggnog, but I think we are ready for a change in tradition~ thanks!

  4. Yes, to answer your question, I will be serving this on Thanksgiving 🙂
    Love it! I also appreciate that you use decaf, I think that’s a great idea.

  5. That looks really, YUM!!!

  6. This does sound delicious! Have you ever tried a warm version of any sort? I could see my family wanting a warm, toasty version, but not sure how I would do that! Thoughts based on your experience?

    • I haven’t tried a warm version. It’s something to think about! I just always serve it with fresh from the oven cinnamon rolls and everyone loves it. Of course, we live in the south. I’ll try to think up a warm version and will let you know what I come up with. Thanks for the idea!

  7. We have family coming this weekend. I’ll make it for everyone. It sounds yummy!

  8. amazing! i have one that calls for half n half (and too much at that) so i don’t make it much- but this one doesn’t have that and it has quik and chocolate ice cream which are different from mine and seem to be a little nicer to the waistline. this is wonderful! thanks alli!

  9. Oh my yum! What a great idea!! My mouth is watering.

  10. Oh, boy does this look good!

  11. I saw this recipe featured in the Stress-Less thanksgiving Series by Shirley over at Intelligent Domestication, and I just had to come check it out! This looks so amazing. I will be giving this a try. Pinned! 🙂

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  12. This sounds so good! I love mocha and it has ice cream too? Be still my heart! Love it! Merry Christmas! Hugs, Leena

  13. Tara Stringer says

    Just to clarify, this calls for powdered Nestle Nesquik? (Not syrup?)


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