Best Mocha Punch

Frappuccino Punch

by Alli

Mocha Punch is, hands down, my most requested punch recipe ever!

I’ve been making this punch 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.  

Plus, this frappuccino punch is so easy to make. The base is made the day before and refrigerated overnight. 

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

Mocha Punch is my go-to punch for special occasions!

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

Ingredients For Mocha Punch (full recipe card down below!)

  • water
  • Nestle Nesquik (chocolate flavor powdered)
  • granulated sugar
  • instant coffee granules (I use Folger’s decaf so my grandkids can partake)
  • vanilla ice cream
  • chocolate ice cream

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

Bring water to a boil. Remove the water 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 before serving but don’t overmix. You don’t want the ice cream to melt completely. 

Yield: 25 servings

Best Mocha Punch

Best Mocha Punch

Mocha Punch is a delicious ice-cream-based punch. It's like a big bowl of frappuccino.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes


  • 1-1/2 quarts water
  • ½ cup Nestle Nesquik (chocolate flavor powdered)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup instant coffee granules (I use Folger's Decaf)
  • 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 and let cool. Pour into a glass or plastic container and place in the refrigerator for at least four hours or overnight.
  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 in the freezer and thaw a few minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

6 oz.

Amount Per Serving Calories 196Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 33mgSodium 69mgCarbohydrates 26gFiber 1gSugar 24gProtein 3g

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Melinda October 31, 2012 - 8:47 pm

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

Alli November 1, 2012 - 11:09 am

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! 🙂

Marilyn October 23, 2013 - 9:06 pm

OMG this sounds delish! Pinned for later! 😀

Alli October 24, 2013 - 7:17 am

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.

Kim @ Exquisitely Unremarkable October 23, 2013 - 9:22 pm

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!

Alli October 24, 2013 - 7:16 am

Kim, it’s my go-to punch at Christmas and Thanksgiving. Hope you love it as much as my family does.

Sami October 23, 2013 - 9:27 pm

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.

Alli October 24, 2013 - 7:11 am

Hope you enjoy it and that it becomes a family tradition at your house, as well!

Denyse @ Glitter, Glue & Paint October 23, 2013 - 9:29 pm

That looks really, YUM!!!

Jen @ West Street Story October 24, 2013 - 8:48 am

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?

Alli October 24, 2013 - 2:22 pm

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!

Jeanette October 24, 2013 - 9:56 am

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

Alli October 24, 2013 - 2:20 pm

It is yummy. My grand kids can’t get enough. And it’s so good paired with cinnamon rolls.

kendra kay October 24, 2013 - 10:29 am

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!

Alli October 24, 2013 - 2:19 pm

You’re welcome. I’ve even made it with low carb ice cream or low fat ice cream. It all works! 🙂

Amanda Smith October 24, 2013 - 4:41 pm

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

Alli October 24, 2013 - 9:50 pm

Thanks for stopping by. It is so yummy. Wish I had some right now.

[email protected] October 26, 2013 - 9:12 am

Oh, boy does this look good!

Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai November 21, 2013 - 1:17 pm

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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Alli November 21, 2013 - 9:32 pm

We have mocha punch and cinnamon rolls every Thanksgiving and Christmas mornings. We love it. I hope you do, too.

Leena Lanteigne December 17, 2013 - 9:26 pm

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

Alli December 17, 2013 - 9:34 pm

It’s our family’s favorite! I hope you enjoy it.

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Tara Stringer January 10, 2020 - 11:49 am

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

Alli January 10, 2020 - 3:44 pm

You’re correct. I’ll add it to the recipe to make sure no one else is confused. Thanks so much!


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