Nothing says the holidays like a big, beautiful bowl of winter punch. So whether you like your punch piping hot or as cold as the snow outside, there’s something extra-festive and perfect for you on our list.
Best of all, these winter punch recipes are made to be shared with a group, and once you’ve put in a few ingredients, you’re free to spread the holiday cheer and mingle with your guests.
This fruit-heavy holiday punch has the seasonal flavors of cranberry with a pleasant tropical surprise in the form of pineapple juice. Rounded off with lemon-lime soda, it's ideal for mixed gatherings because it's non-alcoholic. But, of course, if you're hosting an adults-only gathering, you can always add a touch of Christmas spirits!
Another kid and family-friendly drink, this Frozen Snowball Punch is easily one of the most delicious and simple winter punch recipes with a creamy, satisfying kick of vanilla ice cream to offset the Hawaiian punch, Sprite, and pineapple juice. It has many flavors, but nothing seems too forward or full-on.
Snow Punch is a bit trickier to put together, but it's all worth it in the end. You'll need fruit, cream, soda, sherbet, and lemon juice. If you want to get really fancy, you can add a touch of dried, sweetened coconut flakes at the very end or dust the rim of each glass with coconut.
This chilled, sweet, wine-based punch gets its fruity kick from two favorite holiday flavors; cranberry juice and pomegranate. Make a batch in advance and chill it for a few hours so that the flavors really fuse together. Serve with slices of orange in a festive cut-glass bowl for a fabulous presentation.
This herbaceous and delightful beverage is full of champagne, rosemary, honey, simple syrup, vodka, and orange juice, a sophisticated take on your classic winter punch. Garnish it with freshly sliced fruit or full springs or rosemary for a wow-inducing presentation that will fit in at any high-end soiree.
You can use virtually any different type of rum you want for this punch, although 10 Cane Rum or Charbay Rum are the best. Bitters add another layer of flavor, and allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg give the drink a spicy kick. Garnished with lemon and orange, Napa Valley Winter Punch is a pure crowd-pleaser.
Winter Bourbon Punch is a jam-heavy drink that uses up whatever you have in your kitchen. Any type of jam will do, plus Triple Sec and bourbon, a tiny splash of orange juice, and plenty of club soda. Berries work well in this punch because they soak up a lot of that tasty, boozy flavor.
Cranberries are one of the top flavors of the season, and this drink does them proud with a punch that you can serve either hot or cold. Ginger gives the cocktail the perfect amount of bite, and vodka lends a substantial, body-warming kick to the whole thing. With a ruby-red hue, it's destined to be a seasonal favorite.
This winter punch embraces a short-cut ingredient; apple cranberry juice, as its base, keeps things light and bubbly with ginger beer and celebrates all the season's flavors with various fruits and garnishes. It's an endlessly pretty punch, punctuated with thin apple slices and mint leaves.
This warm, mulled punch features fresh pomegranates, brown sugar, wine, and rum. The longer you let the ingredients fuse, the better it will taste. You can buy individual spices or simply use a mulling spice pack with cloves, cardamom, and allspice. Serve warm, garnished with a few pomegranate seeds for an excellent presentation.
This classic winter punch is super easy to make, batches up nicely for a group, and hits on traditional holiday flavors like wine, orange, and cinnamon. The ginger spices things up and takes it to the next level, but you must slice it thinly to avoid big chunks in the end product.
Although this punch might seem like standard fare at the outset, don't be fooled! The pink peppercorn and star anise lends a significant impact to the end product, and cinnamon syrup rounds things off nicely in the spice department. It's whiskey-based, potent, and perfect for any and every celebration.
While most punches are ruby red and citrus-forward, this recipe goes in a different direction with creamy coconut milk, white cranberry juice, and a splash of pineapple. For the prettiest presentation possible, decorate each individual glass with a bit of dried, shredded coconut and serve the whole thing ice-cold.
If you're looking for a champagne punch that's potent with all the dessert flavors you crave, Jingle Juice Holiday Punch has you covered. This punch relies on pink champagne or sparkling rose for its beautiful color, plus some whipped cream vodka and Cherry 7-Up or ginger ale for the bubbly component.
Winter Pimm's Punch is a decadent and grown-up version of your typical holiday punch, with unsweetened cranberry juice, orange, Pimms, apple cider, and a bit of ginger beer. You can also add sugar to taste and garnish with cranberries, rosemary, or whole cinnamon stick stirrers. It's delicious and served cold over ice.
These winter punch recipes are designed to add a touch of holiday cheer to your seasonal gatherings. From kid-friendly alcohol-free options like Snow Punch to sophisticated, all-grown-up sips like Winter Pimm’s Punch, there’s enough variety to keep you cheerful all winter long.
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In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, I opened my first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.