The favorite Festive Holiday Punch

Published 11:57 pm Thursday, December 21, 2023

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With Christmas Eve and Christmas day less than a week away, the cooks of the family are preparing for a holiday feast. One way to instantly make Christmas dinner feel like a party, and add an element of fun for the kids, is serving a Festive Holiday Punch! The kids will feel grown-up as they drink their sparkly punch from a fancy glass, and adults can always add a little swig of their preferred alcohol to feel more kid-like; it’s a win-win!

This favorite recipe is by Rebecca Hubbell and is revered for its simple and easy-to-find ingredients, its quick five minute prep time, and the creativity available with the garnishes to make an icy Christmas centerpiece! 

Festive Holiday Punch Ingredients: This recipe should be the perfect amount for a group of 6!

  • 1 orange sliced
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • ½ cup pomegranate seeds
  • 2 cups cranberry juice Ocean Spray Pure Unsweetened (100% juice recommended)
  • 2 cups orange juice (Simply, Natalie’s or Uncle Matt’s brands recommend)
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice (POM brand recommended)
  • 2 cups lemon-lime soda (Starry, Sprite or 7-Up recommended)
  • ice
  • fresh rosemary sprigs for garnish
  • 1 cup white rum or alcohol choice optional for adults

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Punch Instructions:

  • Add the slices from 1 orange, 1 cup cranberries and ½ cup pomegranate seeds to a large pitcher or punch bowl. If using a gallon-sized bowl or dispenser, you can double the recipe.
  • Pour in 2 cups cranberry juice, 2 cups orange juice, 1 cup pomegranate juice and 2 cups lemon-lime soda. You can also add 1 cup white rum or alcohol of choice if including.
  • Serve in glasses over ice and garnish with fresh rosemary sprigs.
  • I highly recommend chilling all of your ingredients before prepping for the best results.

For an extra fun garnish, freeze orange slices, fresh cranberries and water in a silicone bundt pan to make an ice ring!


Punch Notes:

  • This Holiday Punch Recipe will stay good for up to one week in the refrigerator, this usually depends on the expiration date of the orange juice and if it has any of the fresh fruit in it which can start to turn faster than the juices.
  • However, it’s important to note that the soda will go flat and the punch will begin to lose its fizz after the first few hours.
  • I recommend doing a partial prep by combining all of the ingredients except for the lemon-lime soda.
    This mixture can be stored in the fridge until ready to use, then add the soda right before serving so it’s fresh and fizzy!
  • A standard recommendation for large parties is a gallon (16 cups) per 10 guests. In this recipe, if you had 10 guests, you’d want to double the recipe.

May you and your family have a Merry Christmas! Cheers!