Christmas Punch Recipe

Christmas punch in bowl garnished with lime & orange slices, cranberries & mint sprigs.

This Christmas Punch recipe is easy, fun, and fizzy! Made from fresh juice, bubbly, and fruits, just stir all of the 5 ingredients together in a punch bowl and you’re ready to celebrate the holidays.

This festive and fun Christmas punch is a must at any holiday party. This recipe makes enough to serve all of your guests, plus it’s a vibrant and colorful centerpiece on the table. 

Made with fresh juices, lots of bubbles, and fresh fruit as a garnish, this Christmas drink is too good to pass on.

You can easily make this punch recipe with or without alcohol. When you’re serving it at a party, make two batches (one with alcohol and one without), or keep the bottles on the side so guests can serve themselves. It’s so easy and flexible!

This recipe is made without soda and uses fresh juices. Each sip has light and fresh flavors and isn’t overly sweet. Naturally vegan and gluten-free, anyone will be able to celebrate the holidays with a glass of this punch in their hands.

Of course, you don’t HAVE to make this around Christmas time! This punch is delicious at any time of the year or to celebrate any holiday. If you’re looking for more holiday drinks to enjoy year-round, try my recipes for Mulled Wine, Moscow Mules, or Hot Cider.

Christmas punch in bowl garnished with lime & orange slices, cranberries & mint sprigs.

What is Christmas punch?

This easy, go-to drink is so festive, colorful, and delicious! Christmas punch is traditionally served in big batches at parties. You just need a few key ingredients for a good punch: juice, bubbles, and fruit. Alcohol is optional!

The best Christmas punch recipes are colorful and have sweet, fruity flavors. Don’t forget a beautiful festive garnish, like fresh cranberries, limes, or oranges.

Christmas punch ingredients

All you need are 5 ingredients to make this party punch:

  • Cranberry juice 
  • Pineapple juice
  • Sparkling wine
  • Dark rum or brandy
  • Sparkling water

What kind of sparkling wine is best for punch?

A very dry sparkling wine or champagne is best because they aren’t as aromatic or fruity as other varieties. A dry wine labeled “brut”, such as cava or prosecco, won’t overtake the taste from the fruity juices and other alcohols in the punch. 

Side view of prepared Christmas Punch.

Garnish ideas

Garnish your punch with fresh or frozen cranberries, a sliced lime, orange slices, sprigs of mint, and/or pomegranate seeds. Don’t forget the ice!

How to make Christmas punch

It’s so easy! Just add all of your ingredients into a large punch bowl or pitcher filled with ice. Give it a good stir, add in your garnishes, and serve!

How to make non-alcoholic Christmas punch

This Christmas punch is still refreshing and delicious without the alcohol. Omit the rum/brandy and replace the sparkling wine with sparkling white grape juice.

Tips for Christmas punch

  • Chill all of your ingredients beforehand. The colder the punch is, the more refreshing it will be.
  • If you can, splurge on the 100% juices. Since they don’t contain preservatives or added sugar, you’ll get the best flavor possible.
  • Freeze your garnishes into ice cubes for a beautiful presentation.

Single glass of christmas punch garnished with orange, cranberries and mint.

Can this be made ahead of time?

Because this punch is so easy to throw together, it’s a real time-saving drink you can serve in a flash. But, if you’re low on time, simply throw all of the ingredients (except the sparkling wine and water) in your punch bowl and keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve. Pour in the bubbly right before serving so every glass is fizzy.

Recipe variations

  • Switch up the alcohol. Raspberry vodka, plain vodka, or gin would make great replacements for the rum or brandy.
  • Mix up the flavors! Replace the cranberry juice with pomegranate juice, use ginger ale or a lemon-lime soda instead of the sparkling water, and replace the pineapple juice with orange juice.
  • Celebrate the seasons. Add a splash of apple cider and garnish with lemons and oranges to celebrate the fall and winter seasons.
  • Make it creamy. Add several scoops of your favorite sherbert (raspberry, lime and orange are great options).

Two glasses of holiday punch with cranberries & mint.

What to serve with Christmas punch

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Christmas Punch

This Christmas Punch recipe is easy, fun, and fizzy! Made from fresh juice, bubbly, and fruits, just stir all of the 5 ingredients together in a punch bowl and you’re ready to celebrate the holidays.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
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Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 15 people

Ingredients

  • 6 cups cranberry juice
  • 3 cups pineapple juice
  • 2 750-ml bottles dry sparkling wine (Cava, Prosecco, Champagne)
  • 1 1/2 cups dark rum or brandy
  • 1 ½ cups sparkling water
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries

Garnish

  • 1 lime sliced
  • 1 orange sliced
  • 4 sprigs mint

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a large punch bowl filled with ice.
  • Stir gently to combine.
  • Top with lime & orange slices, and mint sprigs.

Notes

Recipe variations

  • Switch up the alcohol. Raspberry vodka, plain vodka, or gin would make great replacements for the rum or brandy.
  • Mix up the flavors! Replace the cranberry juice with pomegranate juice, use ginger ale or a lemon-lime soda instead of the sparkling water, and replace the pineapple juice with orange juice.
  • Celebrate the seasons. Add a splash of apple cider and garnish with lemons and oranges to celebrate the fall and winter seasons.
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Equipment

Punch Bowl

Nutrition

Calories: 133kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 151mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg

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