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).

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 5 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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27 comments

  • Judy P: There is mention in the write up about scaling the recipe down if you don’t want to buy 2 LTRS of soda but no mention in the actual recipe of how much soda and when to add it. November 20, 2017 at 4:39am Reply

    • Jaclyn: It’s the ginger ale listed in the recipe. Sorry for the confusion. November 20, 2017 at 8:54am Reply

  • The Novice: This looks delicious! Do you think I could add some vodka or gin to give it a bit of a kick? :) November 20, 2017 at 5:54am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yeah sure! November 20, 2017 at 10:17am Reply

  • Denise: My Mom can’t have almonds. Could I leave it out or substitute something else? November 20, 2017 at 7:04pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes you can omit it. Hope everyone loves it! November 20, 2017 at 7:27pm Reply

  • Cheri Reed: Can’t wait to make it! What kind of drink dispenser is in the photo? It is awesome? I bought one similar from Anchor Hocking, but like the base of yours better.where did you buy that? Which do you like better? Pomegranate or Cranberry? November 20, 2017 at 7:28pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I got my drink dispenser at World Market, I don’t see them online anymore unfortunately but maybe they’d have them in the store.
      And I like both kinds of cranberry juice – this was the first time I tried the pomegranate blend and I loved it but either is great! I hope you love it! November 20, 2017 at 7:53pm Reply

      • Cheri Reed: Thanks so much! Can’t wait to try jt for a family Christmas party! Yum! November 21, 2017 at 6:55pm Reply

  • Lmarieko: Could this be made into an alcoholic version? Maybe add vodka? Any other suggestions? November 22, 2017 at 8:46pm Reply

    • Tina: I’d add coconut rum. :) November 26, 2017 at 9:51am Reply

  • Shirley: We tried this for Thanksgiving and everyone loved it! We put orange slices in to bring a little “Autumn” flair, but really wasn’t necessary. It was delicious and festive. I’ll definitely do it again for Christmas.
    PS – I was concerned when I saw the recipe asked for Almond Extract. I almost didn’t put it in, but did. I’m not sure what it contributes but I WON’T leave it out because, as I said, everyone was so pleased! November 24, 2017 at 11:19am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad everyone enjoyed it! Love your orange addition for Thanksgiving. Thanks for your review Shirley! November 26, 2017 at 11:13am Reply

  • Sheri: Must try it! Looks great & easy! November 25, 2017 at 7:34am Reply

  • Robin Wiggins: Could frozen cranberries be kept frozen and added at the last minute to be used for cold and garnish? November 25, 2017 at 4:43pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes definitely. November 25, 2017 at 11:29pm Reply

  • Susan: I’m not a fan of ginger ale, could this be substituted out for sprite? November 26, 2017 at 3:10pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I think that would be a good option, I haven’t tested yet but my guess is it would still taste great. November 28, 2017 at 10:01pm Reply

  • Nabeel: How do you get the froth on top as shown in the picture?
    Thanks November 29, 2017 at 8:50pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: It was just the carbonation from being freshly poured, it will dissolve shortly after pouring. Wish it would stay though it’s pretty :). November 30, 2017 at 12:07am Reply

  • Gina: Hi! Any substitutes for almond extract? December 2, 2017 at 6:32pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: There aren’t flavor-wise so the other option is to omit it. Hope you love it! December 5, 2017 at 4:57pm Reply

  • Jane: I made this last night for a special celebration and everyone loved it! I had many (both men and women) ask me for the recipe. It is so simple to make, but makes an impressive presentation. Thanks for the recipe. December 4, 2017 at 11:43am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the review! December 4, 2017 at 11:50am Reply

  • Patty: We used vanilla vodka. I bet the coconut would be great, too! December 9, 2017 at 6:44pm Reply

  • Karen: Would this be better with vodka or rum? December 9, 2017 at 10:37pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’ve had a few people mention they like this with Vodka. Hope you enjoy! December 9, 2017 at 11:40pm Reply

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