Christmas Punch

11.19.2017

Christmas Punch has been my go-to holiday drink for 10+ years! It’s so delicious and perfectly festive, and the whole family loves it! Plus it only takes minutes to make. Win all around!

Christmas Punch

Easy Holiday Punch Recipe

I can still remember the first Thanksgiving I made this, I immediately fell in love.

It isn’t very sweet which was perfect for me because I’m not a big fun of extra sweet drinks (if you love sweet though feel free to add in about 1/3 cup sugar with the cranberry juice then mix and dissolve before adding in the soda).

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Punch recipe. Shown here in a mug with a dispenser of punch in the background.

Ingredients Needed for This Drink

  • Cranberry juice or pomegranate cranberry juice
  • Pineapple juice
  • Almond extract
  • Ginger ale
  • Fresh cranberries and limes (optional)
  • Ice

Scroll below for full printable recipe.

It really just has the most delicious blend of flavors. The combination did seem strange to me at first with ginger ale, cranberries, pineapple juice and almond extract but trust me it just works!

I mean think about all the good things in life that use almond extract – Raspberry Almond Thumbprint Cookies, Funfetti Cupcakes, the best Banana Almond Flax Smoothie, and those irresistible Almond Poppy Seed Pancakes.

Almond extract makes everything good! It add such a unique yet perfectly welcoming flavor.

Christmas Punch

How to Make Punch

  • Pour cranberry juice, pineapple juice, and almond extract into a large drink dispenser and mix. Pour in ginger ale and give it one quick stir.
  • Add in cranberries, ice and ginger ale. Serve within a few hours for best results as it will start to go flat.

Christmas Punch

Can I Scale the Recipe Down?

I used to make a slightly smaller version of this recipe but I’ve listed what perfectly fits in my drink dispenser, which is enough to serve to a small crowd.

But you can easily bump it down to the 2 liter version if you don’t need that much and don’t want to purchase two bottles of soda –

  • 2 liters ginger ale
  • 4 cups cranberry juice
  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • 2 tsp almond extract

Christmas Punch

Tips for Perfect Punch

  • Use good quality “100% juice,” skip juice “beverage” or “cocktail” (they have added water, sweeteners, and or flavors).
  • Don’t skip the almond extract even though it’s a small amount it adds a lot of flavor here.
  • Use chilled ingredients. If the soda and juices are cold beforehand you don’t need to add as much ice, therefore it won’t be so diluted.
  • Garnish it. Drinks taste better when they look better. The cranberries and limes are optional but I’d say at least use one or the other.

Picture of a dispenser of punch being poured into a single serve cup.

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Christmas Punch

5 from 30 votes

My families favorite punch! I've been making this for the holidays for 10+ years. A blend of soda, juices and almond extract - it may seem like a strange combination but together they taste amazing! 

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Punch
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 14
Calories: 151 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

Ingredients

  • 6 cups cranberry juice or pomegranate cranberry juice*
  • 3 cups pineapple juice**
  • 1 Tbsp almond extract
  • 3 liters ginger ale
  • 1 12 oz. bag fresh cranberries (optional)
  • 2 fresh limes, sliced (optional)
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. Pour cranberry juice, pineapple juice, and almond extract into a large drink dispenser and mix. Pour in ginger ale and give it one quick stir.

  2. Add in cranberries, ice and ginger ale. Serve within a few hours for best results as it will start to go flat.


  3. Recipe source: inspired by Allrecipes

Recipe Notes

*This is not 100% cranberry juice, it is 100% juice but it has a blend of other juices in it such as grape, apple, pear. 100% cranberry juice would be much too tart here. Use something like Oceanspray.

**If you have room in your fridge preferably chill the soda and juices first or keep them in a cold (not freezing) garage, that way you don't need to add much ice and dilute it.

Nutrition Facts
Christmas Punch
Amount Per Serving
Calories 151
% Daily Value*
Sodium 20mg 1%
Potassium 173mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 37g 12%
Sugars 34g
Vitamin C 7.3%
Calcium 2.1%
Iron 3.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

101 comments

  • Mechele Wright: I made this punch last night for a Christmas party I had. I did the scaled down version, but added frozen cranberries, frozen blueberries and limes to it and it was so delish! The frozen berries keep the drink cold and the hint of almond was amazing. Thank you for recipe and the December 15, 2018 at 4:08pm Reply

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