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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
- 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)
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.
Add in cranberries, ice and ginger ale. Serve within a few hours for best results as it will start to go flat.
*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.
Recipe source: inspired by Allrecipes