It’s that time of the year to break out the punch bowl! This non-alcoholic Christmas Punch is a festive, fun, and delicious holiday punch. It’s a kid-friendly beverage, but can be easily spiked for the adults, too!
This punch is everything merry, festive and bright. It’s sweet, tangy and literally takes just a few minutes to prepare. It’s a holiday beverage for every age – set out a bottle of vodka or white rum for the adults who wish to spike their own glasses.
Christmas Punch Ingredients
- Cranberry juice – I use a cranberry fruit juice blend or cranberry juice cocktail.
- Orange juice – I like to use pulp-free orange juice because the little pulp bits floating around the punch bowl aren’t visually appealing.
- Pineapple juice
- Ginger ale – If you’re planning on making ahead, pour in the ginger ale just before serving so that it doesn’t lose its carbonation when storing.
- Chill the ingredients: For the best results, ensure that all of the juices and ginger ale are well chilled. This will prevent the need for excessive ice which will dilute the flavor.
- Keep it cold: If serving over a long time period, consider using an ice ring instead of individual ice cubes. An ice ring melts slower and keeps the punch cold without watering it down quickly.
- Gently stir: When combining the juices and ginger ale, stir gently. Aggressive stirring can cause the ginger ale to lose its fizz.
- Use quality juices: The better quality of your ingredients, the better taste of your punch.
The sky’s the limit when it comes to garnishes! Here are a few I recommend:
- Sliced orange – I love to stud one of the orange slices with cloves for a little extra festive flair!
- Sliced lime
- Cranberries – Although cranberries are festively beautiful in this punch, please exercise caution when serving to kids as they can potentially be a choking hazard.
- Pomegranate arils – Also exercise caution as mentioned above.
- Fresh rosemary sprigs
Yes! Mix the juices, cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve. Pour in the ginger ale just before serving.
If you’re not a fan of ginger ale, you can substitute it with club soda for fizz without the ginger flavor. Lemon-lime soda is another great choice if you prefer a sweeter taste.
It’s best enjoyed fresh, but leftovers can be refrigerated for 1 to 2 days. Note that the fizz will diminish over time.
More Holiday Drink Ideas
- 4 cups pulp-free orange juice chilled
- 4 cups cranberry juice blend (or cranberry juice cocktail) chilled
- 2 cups pineapple juice chilled
- 2 cups ginger ale chilled
- 1 orange* sliced
- 1 lime sliced
- 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries**
- Pour orange juice, cranberry juice, pineapple juice and ginger ale in a large pitcher or punch bowl. Gently stir to combine.
- Garnish with sliced fruit and cranberries.
- *For an extra festive flair, stud one orange slice with 10 to 12 whole cloves.
- **Please exercise caution when serving cranberries and/or pomegranate arils in punch to kids, as they may be a potential choking hazard.
- Make-ahead instructions: Prepare the punch the night before except do not add ginger ale. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve, then pour in ginger ale just before serving.
- Nutrition facts do not include garnishes.
- Adults can spike their own glass with desired amount or white rum or vodka, if desired.
- This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled, depending upon the size of your punch bowl.
If provided, nutritional info is a courtesy, is not guaranteed and should only be considered as a guideline.