How about some Christmas Punch?

You’ve baked all the cookies…. now don’t forget about the drinks. How about a Christmas punch?


1. 1 large bag of ice
2. 5 cups 100% cranberry juice* 40 ounces, NOT cranberry juice cocktail
3. 2 bottles very dry sparkling wine (750 ml bottles) , such as champagne, cava, or Prosecco (I used a brut Prosecco)
4. 2 cups apple cider
5. 1 1/2 cups diet ginger ale (12 ounces) (from 1 can or poured from a liter bottle)
6. 1 1/2 cups dark rum or brandy (12 ounces)
7. 2 oranges thinly sliced into rounds
8. 1 cup fresh cranberries

Make sure all of the ingredients are well chilled. Fill a large punch bowl with ice. Top with the cranberry juice, sparkling wine, apple cider, ginger ale, and rum.
Stir gently to combine. Top with the orange slices and fresh cranberries. Enjoy!


1. 2 cups fresh cranberries
2. 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup, using more or less to your taste
3. 1 inch fresh ginger, sliced
4. 8 all-spice berries
5. 5 cloves
6. 2 cinnamon sticks
7. 2 cups 100% cranberry or pomegranate juice
8. 1 cup orange juice
9. 1 1/2-2 cups vodka
10. 4-6 (12 ounce) cans sparkling water

11. chai spice sugar or cinnamon sugar, for the rim (optional)
12. sliced oranges, mint, and star anise, for serving (optional)

1. In a pot, bring 1/2 cup water, the cranberries, honey, ginger, all-spice, cloves, and cinnamon sticks to a boil over high heat. Boil 5 minutes, until the cranberries begin to burst, then remove from the heat. Let cool. Remove the ginger slices, all-spice berries, and cloves. If desired, strain out the cranberries.
2. In a large pitcher, combine the cranberry syrup, cranberry juice, orange juice, and vodka. Chill until ready to serve.
3. Just before serving, add the sparkling water. If desired, rim each class in Chai sugar (recipe in notes), then fill with ice and pour the punch over. Garnish each drink with an orange slice and star anise, if desired.
* Chai Sugar: In a shallow bowl, combine 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ginger, 1/2 teaspoon cardamom, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon all-spice, 1/4 teaspoon cloves, a tiny pinch of pepper, and 1/3 cup granulated sugar.


1. 240ml (1 cup) water
2. 3 wintry teabags (I use cinnamon and baked apple teas)
3. 240ml (1 cup) fresh orange juice (from about 5 oranges)
4. 300ml (1 1/4 cups) ginger beer
5. 240ml (1 cup) dark rum
6. 120ml (1/2 cup) honey
7. sugar swizzle (demitasse) sticks (available on Amazon)
8. orange twists

Bring water to a boil in a small pot. Remove from heat, add tea bags and let brew for 5 minutes. Discard the bags.
Meanwhile, combine orange juice, ginger beer, rum and honey in a medium saucepan. Stir in hot tea.
Bring punch to a boil over medium-high heat. Once it boils lower the heat to medium and let it simmer for about 5 minutes.
Remove from heat and pour into heat-resistant glasses. Garnish with a demitasse sticks and orange twists.


1. 2 1/4 cups bourbon
2. 1 cup 100% apple juice
3. 1/4 cup lemon juice
4. 1/2 cup ginger brandy
5. 5 dashes ginger bitters
6. 7 cups ginger beer
7. 1 lemon, sliced
8. 2 apples, sliced
9. 5 cinnamon sticks
10. Ice

In a large punch bowl, combine bourbon, apple juice, lemon juice, ginger brandy, and ginger bitters. Stir to combine well.
Add 2 cups of ice.
Top with ginger beer.
Garnish with lemon slices, apple slices, and cinnamon sticks.
Serve in copper mugs filled with ice.


1. 10 ounces silver tequila
2. 8 ounces grand marnier
3. 8 ounces lime juice
4. 8 ounces coconut water
5. 8 ounces canned coconut milk
6. 6 ounces coconut cream
7. 6 ounces coconut rum
8. 6 ounces simple syrup
9. 1 teaspoon coconut extract, if desired
10. for garnish: sprigs of rosemary and fresh cranberries

Mix all ingredients together well – I find that for a large scale drink like this with something creamy (the coconut), it works best to make it in a large measuring glass or bowl and whisk it all together as opposed to shaking it. If desired, you can add 1 to 2 teaspoons of coconut extract for more islandy coconut flavor! Taste and add more syrup if you’d like more sweetness.
Note: to make the simple syrup, combined equal parts sugar and water (like 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water) in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk constantly until the sugar dissolves and the mixture comes to a boil, then remove from heat and let cool completely.