If you’re looking for a cheerful holiday punch recipe to kick off the festive season, then you’ll definitely want to try this Christmas Punch recipe (non alcoholic). It’s non-alcoholic, making it ideal to serve to all ages, it looks stunning, and can be made in just 10 minutes!
One of the best things about a punch recipe is that it typically requires minimal ingredients and effort. This Christmas Punch is certainly no exception, with only 4 main ingredients and 10 minutes to assemble – you get more time to enjoy the holidays with your loved ones and less time in the kitchen! While I find this punch sweet enough, you can also add this homemade Simple Syrup to the mix or add a deeper color of red to the punch by adding this Cranberry Simple Syrup.
This non-alcoholic Christmas punch recipe is a delicious holiday drink for kids and adults alike. It’s also just as easy to modify this Christmas punch recipe by simply adding vodka or white rum for a boozy beverage! If you love holiday drinks, be sure to try my Homemade Eggnog, Dirty Snowman, or Red Wine Sangria.
Why You’ll Love this Christmas Punch Recipe
- It’s a beautiful drink for any holiday party that looks sophisticated while being extremely simple to make – you only need to blend 4 main ingredients and set aside 10 minutes!
- This non-alcoholic holiday punch is perfect to serve to all ages but you can just as easily add in vodka or rum for a boozy drink.
- This recipe is easy to modify to suit flavor preferences and can be doubled when serving a larger crowd.
What Ingredients do I Need for this Christmas Punch Recipe?
- Frozen orange juice concentrate – You’ll need one can of orange concentrate. Use your favorite brand.
- Ginger ale – This adds a lovely sparkling fizz to the Christmas punch with a kick of warm ginger flavor. If you don’t enjoy Ginger ale, use Lemon-Lime soda or Sprite.
- Cranberry juice – Use your favorite brand of cranberry juice. The cranberry juice gives this punch a lovely deep red hue and adds a tart flavor. You could also use pomegranate juice.
- Pineapple juice – This adds sweetness to the punch to balance the tart cranberry juice.
- Garnish – I’ve added whole cranberries, orange slices, and mint leaves to the Christmas punch as an attractive garnish. Feel free to add more or less of the garnish. When serving to young children, consider removing the cranberries as they could be a choking hazard.
PRO TIP: This Christmas punch is best served chilled which means that you should ideally only make it just before serving. Using frozen orange concentrate and adding ice to each glass helps to keep the drink chilled but you should store the mixture in the fridge when it’s not being served.
How to Make the Christmas Punch
ASSEMBLE: Pour the frozen orange concentrate into a glass pitcher, followed by the Ginger ale, cranberry juice, and pineapple juice.
GARNISH/SLICE/SERVE: Add fresh cranberries and slices of orange to the pitcher filled with Christmas punch. Fill serving glasses with ice and pour the Christmas punch over them. Garnish each glass with an assortment of fresh cranberries, mint leaves, and slices of orange.
- If you decide to serve this Christmas Punch in a pitcher then you’ll need one with a volume of 96 oz. for my recipe. You also have the option of easily doubling the quantity or reducing the ingredients for a smaller pitcher.
- You can substitute any kind of fruit juice concentrate in this recipe depending on your preference.
- If you are using a 2-liter bottle of Ginger Ale, measure out the Ginger Ale using the empty can of juice concentrate. It’s a 1:1 substitute can of juice concentrate for Ginger Ale.
- The cranberry juice is what gives this punch its deep red color. If you want a deeper red, simply add additional cranberry juice – the flavor is still just as delicious.
It’s amazing to think that some of the very first punch drinks emerged as far back as the early 1600s, albeit very different from the punch recipes we enjoy today, no doubt. The Christmas punch bowl can be attributed to Indian tradition, derived from the Hindi word “panch” which means “five” – a concoction that was originally made with five main ingredients.
Sailors from the British East India Company took this concept back home with them in the early 1600s and it spread around the globe, adapted to what we consider a punch today.
Variations for the Christmas Punch Recipe
- Instead of ginger ale, you could use a lemon soda.
- Mix up your garnishes with your favorite fruit slices. While I opted for orange slices, cranberries, and mint leaves, you could also use lemon and lime slices, pomegranate seeds, and a sprig of rosemary!
- Make an adult version of this non-alcoholic holiday drink. I’ve added some helpful suggestions on how to add alcohol to this drink below.
This Christmas punch is best served immediately but if you do want to make it ahead of time, then simply leave out the ginger ale, ice, and any fruit garnishes, and store in a pitcher covered tightly with plastic wrap in the refrigerator the day before serving.
When ready to serve your drinks, add the ginger ale and ice to the glasses (or punch bowl) with cranberries, orange slices, and/or mint leaves for garnish. The ginger ale must only be added just prior to serving so that you get a fresh fizz to the punch.
A great thing about this Christmas Punch is the fact that it looks just as good whether served in glass jars or in clear punch bowls and/or pitchers. Consider keeping a bottle of vodka, rum, or whiskey alongside the punch bowl to allow your adult guests to opt for adding alcohol to their glasses. Add some cocktail sticks for your guests to mix their drinks.
If serving kids, consider adding a festive paper straw to the glass or cup for a bit of added fun!
Yes, definitely! You could add in 1 cup of vodka or 1 cup of white rum to make an alcoholic Christmas punch. You may want to taste the punch to assess how weak or strong you want the punch to be and then adjust by either adding in more alcohol or diluting it with additional juice and ginger ale.
Making a boozy Christmas punch is a great option if you’re throwing an adult’s party or want to cater to the adults during the festive season.
Spiced rum or whiskey are also great alcoholic additions to this drink.
Christmas Punch Recipe (Non-Alcoholic)
- 1 can frozen orange juice concentrate
- 3 cans Ginger Ale or 36 oz.
- 4 cups cranberry juice
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- Orange slices cranberries, and/or mint leaves to garnish
- Fill glasses with ice.
- In a large pitcher or punch bowl, pour out contents of frozen juice concentrate. Instead of adding water to the juice concentrate, measure Ginger Ale and add to the pitcher (3 cans or 36 oz. of Ginger Ale).
- Add cranberry juice and pineapple juice to pitcher. Stir to mix frozen juice concentrate into mixture.
- Serve over ice. You can also add ice to the pitcher or punch bowl for serving a large group.
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