Christmas Morning Punch is a delicious blend of fruit juices combined with fizzy soda and spiked with alcohol; it’s a boozy beverage that is bubbling with holiday flavors and festively colored for Christmas. This simple recipe is so easy to make by mixing together 6 ingredients in 5 quick minutes to produce the perfect party punch for seasonal sipping.
Christmas Morning Punch: An Easy Cocktail or Make It A Mocktail
This refreshing Christmas Morning Punch is so quick and easy to make using a couple simple juices combined with lemon-lime soda and alcohol to create a great tasting Christmas cocktail that can also be made as a kid-friendly mocktail.
I love how the fizzy sweet citrus and tart cranberry flavors mix together and fill my pitcher with a beautiful red tint that looks festive and traditional. It’s the perfect sweet sip as I savor special moments with my family and friends.
Christmas morning is meant to be filled with love, laughter, and celebration. After looking for signs of Santa and opening presents under the tree, it’s time to prepare a family meal of French Toast Waffles, Cinnamon Swirl Bread, and Homemade Egg McMuffins, served with this Christmas Morning Punch.
It is so easy to double the recipe and make a big batch of this beverage but leave the booze on the side for the mature-aged to mix in! With its fun, fizzy bubble and sweet fruity flavor, this delicious drink is the perfect pairing for holiday festivities and fun!
Why We Love This Christmas Morning Punch Recipe
- Quick and easy to make in only 5 minutes.
- Simple 6 ingredients are stirred together and topped with ice.
- Delicious drink can be made as a cocktail or a mocktail.
- Fizzy citrus and sweetly tart fruity flavors taste amazing.
- Great recipe that can be modified according to your taste by adjusting the proportions of each ingredient.
- Beautiful display that you can use as a centerpiece for a brunch buffet.
- Perfect make-ahead brunch punch for baby and wedding showers, holiday celebrations, or Christmas morning.
- Cranberry-pineapple juice blend: If you can not find a cranberry-pineapple juice blend, you can use equal parts cranberry juice and pineapple juice.
- Orange juice
- Lemon-lime soda (like 7-up or Sprite brands)
- Raspberry liqueur
- Ice for the glass
- Fresh orange slices for garnish
Substitutions and Additions
- Soda Swap: Feel free to substitute the lemon-lime soda for ginger ale or plain sparkling water
- Garnish Each Glass: For a festive feel, garnish each glass with fresh cranberries, orange slices, pomegranates, or a fresh sprig of rosemary.
- Additional alcohol: You can substitute the lemon-lime soda with champagne for a mimosa-like-makeover or use a sparkling wine.
- Make It A Mocktail: Simply leave out the alcohol and add some additional lemon-lime soda. It will still taste amazing and this way the whole family can enjoy it!
- Raspberry Infused Soda: If you want to save some money at the liquor store you can buy a raspberry infused vodka instead of the two separate items.
Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe
- Large pitcher or punch bowl
- Measuring tools
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How to Make the Christmas Punch
This sweet, fizzy, fruity Christmas Morning Punch is so quick and easy to make. Simply combine the ingredients, stir, serve, and sip–perfectly pleasing for a holiday party!
- Combine the cranberry-pineapple juice blend, orange juice, lemon-lime soda, vodka, raspberry liqueur, and the grenadine in a large pitcher or punch bowl and stir.
Pro-Tip: I don’t suggest skipping the grenadine in this recipe because it gives this Christmas Morning Punch a beautiful color and touch of sweetness to cut through the citrus juices.
- Top with ice and garnish with orange slices.
Pro-Tip: In addition to freshly sliced oranges, sliced pineapple rings also make a pretty presentation when added to the serving pitcher.
- Serve and enjoy!
Pro-Tip: This punch is best served cold. It is often helpful to store all the ingredients in the fridge for at least 24 hours prior to making it.
- To Store: As long as you do not add the soda and ice to the punch, you can keep it in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Add the lemon-lime soda and ice when you are ready to serve.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can make this Christmas Morning Punch ahead of time, but do not add the lemon-lime soda and ice until you are ready to serve it. Mix together the other ingredients in a pitcher and store in the refrigerator. Only when you are ready to serve should you add the soda and ice. This helps to keep the carbonation fresh and bubbly and won’t water down your drink.
If you are serving this Christmas Morning Punch at a party and the punch will be sitting out for a period of time, don’t add ice because it will water down the punch. You can try freezing whole cranberries and orange slices and adding those in to the punch to keep everything chilled.
This recipe makes a small batch cocktail so if you plan on serving it to a lot of guests during the holidays, then it is very easy to double or triple. You can make a huge batch and then keep it in a covered and spouted container, in the refrigerator, for up to 3 days. Just be mindful that if you are making it ahead of time remember to only add the lemon-lime soda and ice when you are ready to serve.
Other Easy Cocktail Recipes
Christmas Morning Punch
- 2 cups cranberry-pineapple juice blend
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 cup lemon-lime soda (like 7-up or Sprite brands)
- ½ cup vodka
- ½ cup raspberry liqueur
- ½ cup grenadine
- Ice for the glass
- Fresh orange slices for garnish
- In a 1.5 litre pitcher, or punch bowl, combine the cranberry-pineapple juice blend, orange juice, lemon-lime soda, vodka, raspberry liqueur and the grenadine.
- Stir, top with ice and garnish with orange slices.
- In addition to freshly sliced oranges, sliced pineapple rings also make a pretty presentation when added to the serving pitcher.
- This punch is best served cold. It is often helpful to store all the ingredients in the fridge for at least 24 hours prior to making it.
- If you want to save some money at the liquor store you can buy a raspberry infused vodka instead of the two separate items.
- I don’t suggest skipping the grenadine in this recipe because it gives this Christmas Morning Punch a beautiful color and touch of sweetness to cut through the citrus juices.
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