Christmas Punch

11.19.2017

This 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.

Christmas Punch

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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Christmas Punch

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.

Christmas Punch

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

Each of those recipes I mentioned wouldn’t be what they are without the almond extract and the same goes for this drink, I wouldn’t even think about making it without it.

Christmas Punch

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 and 2 tsp almond extract.

Christmas Punch

I hope all of you love this as much as we do! And I hope you have an extra delicious Thanksgiving meal, and a great time with family and friends!

Christmas Punch

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Christmas Punch

5 from 23 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! 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. 

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 14

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 pomegranate 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. *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.

  4. Recipe source: inspired by Allrecipes

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89 comments

  • Linda: I’m going to freeze some of the cranberries and limes in some of the ginger ale so it won’t dilute the punch. This is so beautiful with the fruit in the glass dispenser. I’ve got one on order for the church Christmas party! September 30, 2018 at 9:47am Reply

  • Raquel: Hi!
    We don’t drink any kind of soda!
    Could it be made with sparkling water ? Or would not taste so good?
    Thank you! January 5, 2018 at 1:15pm Reply

  • Rhonda: This punch is delicious! We used cranberry pomegranate juice. It will definitely be an annual tradition for Christmas at our house. January 2, 2018 at 5:15pm Reply

  • L.B. Fogt: AMAZING. I used diet ginger ale and added vodka. We (12 adults) went through 3+ batches. Absolutely delicious. And tasted like the punch my grandmother made when I was a child. (Minus the vodka of course). ???? December 30, 2017 at 5:52pm Reply

  • Diana Z: Everyone loved this punch at our Christmas party. Very easy to make. I’ll be making it again. December 30, 2017 at 7:39am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad to hear you’d make this punch again Diana! Thanks for your review! December 31, 2017 at 11:29pm Reply

  • bridget: This punch is delicious! If you want something a little more boozy, i used Prosecco instead of gingerale. You could still add a few shots of vodka to the mix. I used one bottle of prosecco in place of one liter of gingerale. December 29, 2017 at 2:43pm Reply

  • R: Amazing! We saw this recipe and decided to try it for our Christmas gathering, and it was a hit! Definitely on my favorite list! We put it in a punch bowl and it looked beautiful! Thank you so much for recipe.???? December 26, 2017 at 6:47am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad it was enjoyed! January 2, 2018 at 4:32pm Reply

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