This grown-up trash can punch is the perfect drink for a crowd! A base of fresh fruit juices replicates the classic flavor of fruit punch (minus the questionable ingredients) for a refreshing batch cocktail.

grown-up trash can punch

This recipe is…

Grown-up trash can punch. Yep, we went there! Have you ever had trash can punch? For big parties in college we’d buy a new (thankfully) trash can as a vessel for serving this punch (after all, nothing else was big enough!) then we’d grab a ton of Hawaiian Punch, and mix it up with all of the liquor we had on hand. As it turned out, Hawaiian Punch was the perfect mixer to disguise copious amounts of alcohol.

When we were brainstorming what drink to make for the Super Bowl this coming weekend, our minds immediately jumped to our college days, and this grown-up trash can punch was born! Y’all loved our grown-up version of watermelon jello shots last year, so we figured why not! Don’t worry though, we’ve ditched the trash can for something just a smidge more sophisticated, and we’ve also done away with the high fructose corn syrup and artificial dye-packed Hawaiian Punch.

grown-up trash can punch

What is in Trash Can Punch?

So what exactly goes into this grown-up trash can punch? A combination of pineapple, apple, orange, and pomegranate juices makes a fruity, refreshing, but not-too-sweet base for the punch, then we top it off with a bit of vodka. A note – you can totally leave the alcohol out of this and make a great fruit punch alternative for kids! This punch is super easy to throw together, and can be made the night or morning before your party so you don’t have to worry about mixing it up right before your guests arrive. We made a double batch and used this beverage dispenser, which worked like a charm and also added just a little more sophistication than a trash can would’ve.

grown-up trash can punch

While this grown-up trash can punch is really perfect for any gathering of a big crowd, we think it would lend itself especially well to a pool- or beach-side sip, and would be fantastic for a summer BBQ too! We hope you enjoy this trip-down-memory-lane drink as much as we did!

Grown-Up Trash Can Punch

3.60 — Votes 15 votes
By Cassy Joy Gracia
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
This grown-up trash can punch features a mix of fresh fruit juices and vodka for a fruity, refreshing, not-too-sweet batch cocktail.



  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1 orange sliced, for garnish


  • 1/3 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/3 cup apple juice
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/3 cup vodka
  • 1/3 orange sliced, for garnish


  • For both a large batch and a small batch, mix all ingredients together and serve over ice!

Recipe Notes

  • This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to serve more people!


Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 304mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 134IU | Vitamin C: 37mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 0.3mg

Additional Info

Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 184
Keyword: Batch cocktail, fruit, juice, vodka

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