Shark Week requires SHARK BITE PUNCH! Make this punch for kids or adults with shark ice cubes! This is such a fun way to celebrate shark week.

You can make this with just soda for the kids or (shhh) add some vodka for the adults. This drink is basically a Shirley Temple…with SHARKS!


glass of shark bite punch

Shark week is a TV event that happens every summer – a week full of shows related to all things sharks. I used to think it was a silly thing but then we happened to watch a few episodes one year and I was hooked.

Men and women swimming with sharks, mapping where sharks go and how big they get; it makes you really realize how powerful these animals are. Also, you get to see how adventurous (or stupid?) grown adults are because they’re right there swimming with a shark and they must be nuts.

Shark week is an event that must be prepared for – like any good holiday. How better to prepare for a holiday than with food?

Making Shark Bite Punch is the perfect way to celebrate shark week with a drink (or a cocktail).

Sprite or 7-Up is mixed with cherry ice cubes that are filled with gummy sharks – this “bloody” Shirley Temple is perfect for kids…and for adults when you add vodka.

I’ve always wanted to make a Dirty Shirley Cocktail…and this is it!

shark bite punch in glass

I got so excited when I realized shark week was coming that I ordered a bag of gummy sharks off amazon. You can find these sharks in most candy stores, however, or buy them online.

It’s a breeze to make this shark bite punch – just a few ingredients and your kids will LOVE it.

What is a Shirley Temple?

A Shirley Temple is a favorite drink to kids all over: 7-Up or Sprite with cherry juice and cherries.

Basically, it’s a Shirley Temple without the cherries. I hate maraschino cherry juice because it gets everywhere, so instead I made cherry ice cubes out of Kool-Aid. Add a gummy shark to the ice cubes and freeze.

Once you’re ready to serve, fill a glass with shark bite ice cubes and fill with your choice of soda. Watch the drink become “bloody” as the ice cubes melt.

Poof! Instant Shirley Temple.

How can you make a Shirley Temple with alcohol?

And…for the adults in the room, this is great with a shot of vodka or rum. It’s a Dirty Shirley Temple Cocktail perfect for Shark week.

Shark Bite Punch is the perfect drink for Shark Week or any Shark themed party, made with cherry shark ice cubes and Sprite!

shark bite punch recipe

How to make Shark Bite Punch:

  • Instead of serving these in a pitcher, keep the ice in the fridge and make each one individually.
  • Use any soda you like, or even diet soda.
  • Vodka or rum are perfect for the adults! Just add a shot to your glass when adding the soda.

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glass of shark bite punch

Shark Bite Punch

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Shark Week requires SHARK BITE PUNCH! Make this punch for kids or adults with shark ice cubes! Such a fun way to celebrate shark week.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Freezing time 4 hours
Total Time 10 minutes
Yield 8 servings
Serving Size 1 cup


  • 1 0.13 ounce cherry Kool-Aid packet
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 8 cups water
  • 48 shark gummies
  • 1 2L lemon lime soda
  • 1 ounce vodka, per drink optional


  • Make Kool-Aid in a pitcher according to package directions: stir packet with sugar and water.
  • Pour Kool-Aid into ice cube trays. Place one shark gummy in each ice cube. Freeze until solid, at least 4 hours.
  • Add ice to a glass with lemon-lime soda. Serve.
  • For an adult version, add 1 ounce vodka with the lemon-lime soda.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 96kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Sodium: 12mg | Sugar: 24g | Calcium: 8mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword punch, shark week

Think this drink is fun? Try Lori’s Shark Attack Cocktail or Karyn’s Shark Cake Pops!

Also, check out some of my other drink recipes:

Watermelon Party Punch can be made for kids or adults!

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Virgin Margaritas for the kids!

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