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Ice Cream Coffee Punch Recipe (So Easy!)

coffee punch with ice cream and mint

Are you looking for an easy dessert to serve a crowd? Mix strong coffee, ice cream, and milk to make this delicious Southern treat. It is a creamy, refreshing take on a coffee milkshake that’s much easier to prepare for a party. Fair warning, though: this dessert is highly addictive!

We’ll show you the easiest way to make an amazing coffee punch. You’ll have a hard time having just one cup!

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coffee punch with ice cream and mint

Easy Coffee Punch

This simple coffee punch recipe will have your guests smiling from ear to ear! It’s creamy, sweet, and lightly caffeinated -- not to mention refreshing.
4.50 stars from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cooling Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 20 people
Calories 300 kcal



  • 3 cups brewed coffee
  • 1 gallon ice cream French vanilla or chocolate
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 gallon milk


  • Brew 2 cups of coffee using your favorite brewing method. Cold brew is the easiest method, but drip machines, Keurigs, and large pour-overs like the Chemex also work well!
  • Let the coffee cool. You can let it sit on the counter or put it in the refrigerator for faster cooling.
  • In your mixing bowl, combine the milk, sugar, and vanilla. Whisk until the sugar is fully dissolved.
  • Scoop the ice cream into a large punch bowl. Then add the coffee and milk mixture. Stir to combine.
  • Serve immediately! We like to garnish coffee punch with fresh mint leaves, cinnamon, or cocoa powder.


Calories: 300kcal
Keyword coffee punch, ice cream coffee

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Coffee Punch Recipe Tips & Variations

Ice Cream

We like to use good quality French vanilla ice cream in our coffee punch. The extra flavor comes through, and you can skip adding vanilla extract. But other types of ice cream can also be delicious, like chocolate, caramel, and even strawberry! Use a brand that you would eat plain and any flavor that sounds good with coffee.

scooping ice cream
Image: Joy, Wikimedia, CC 2.0

Lighter Versions

Want a lighter version? You can skip the ice cream and add a little extra sugar for a less decadent treat. You can also use whipped cream instead of milk and ice cream, or substitute a non-dairy alternative like almond or coconut milk.


The easiest way to make coffee for this recipe is cold brew. Your coffee will be strong, tasty, and already cold! Plus, cold brew is easy to make whether or not you have a dedicated cold brew coffee maker. But there are plenty of other brewing options, too! Use a drip machine, Keurig, large pour-over, or French press to make your coffee. Then let it sit on the counter or in the refrigerator for at least 10 or 15 minutes.

coffee with chocolate and mint leaves
Image Credit: Rob Sarmiento, Unsplash

Extra Flavors & Garnishes

This recipe already has a lot going on: strong coffee, creamy milk, and decadent ice cream. But you add more flavoring if you’d like! Try a teaspoon of your favorite spice, like cinnamon or nutmeg. Or add cocoa powder or hazelnut extract. And don’t forget to try fun garnishes like mint leaves, ground cinnamon, or chocolate chips!

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Final Thoughts

Time to enjoy your new favorite dessert! Coffee punch is one of those amazing treats that tastes great and isn’t hard to make. Next time you have a barbeque or your family’s in the mood for a great dessert, give this one a try!


Featured Image Credit: Oleksandra Naumenko, Shutterstock


Kate MacDonnell

Kate is a lifelong coffee enthusiast and homebrewer who enjoys writing for coffee websites and sampling every kind of coffee known to man. She’s tried unusual coffees from all over the world and owns an unhealthy amount of coffee gear.

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