6 Festive Holiday Punch Recipes

Your holiday party will feel extra festive with these gorgeous drinks. Plus, they're a cinch to make. Cheers! 
Dane Tashima

Cider Sangria

In a 2-qt. pitcher, stir together:

4 cups apple cider
2 cups pineapple juice
the juice of 3 oranges
1 sliced orange
1 sliced Granny Smith apple
1 sliced Bosc pear
3 cinnamon sticks

Pour 4 cups of the mixture, including half of the fruit, into another 2-qt. pitcher. In one pitcher, stir in 5 cups (1 1/2 bottles) dry white wine, 1/4 cup brandy, and 1/4 cup agave syrup, then label accordingly. Refrigerate both pitchers overnight. Just before serving, stir 5 cups chilled lemon-lime soda into the nonalcoholic pitcher. Serve chilled over ice. Makes 10 cocktails and 10 mocktails.

Pink Guava Punch

In a 2-qt.pitcher, stir together:

4 cups guava nectar
2 cups pineapple juice
6 Tbs. frozen pink-lemonade concentrate

Pour 3 cups of the mixture into another 2-qt. pitcher. Chill until serving. Just before serving, slice 1 1/2 cups strawberries and 1 star fruit. Add half of the fruit to each pitcher. Gently stir a 1-liter bottle of chilled plain seltzer into one of the pitchers. Stir 1 bottle chilled prosecco and 2 cups chilled ginger ale into the remaining pitcher and label accordingly. Serve chilled over ice. Makes 10 cocktails and 9 mocktails.

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Yuletide Mule

In a 2-qt. pitcher, combine:

4 cups limeade
2 cups unsweetened pomegranate juice
1 1/2 cups unsweetened cranberry juice
1/4 cup honey
the juice from 2 limes

Stir until the honey is dissolved. Pour 4 cups of the mixture into another 2-qt. pitcher. Chill until ready to serve. Just before serving, gently stir 1 sliced lime, 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds, and 2 chilled 12-oz. bottles of ginger beer into each pitcher. Add 1 cup vodka to one of the pitchers and label accordingly. Serve chilled over ice. Makes 10 cocktails and 9 mocktails.

With a mixture of cranberry, raspberry and orange (and, of course, some sparkling cider), this mocktail looks just as pretty in the punch bowl as in the glass.

Cranberry Sparkler

In a punch bowl, mix together:

1 bottle (64 oz.) cranberry juice cocktail
1 bottle (24 oz.) sparkling cider
1 liter ginger ale
Juice from half an orange.

For garnish, place 2-1/2 cups raspberries in a gelatin ring mold; cover berries with juice or water; freeze. Add to bowl with orange slices.

Citrus Punch

Simmer 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water until dissolved. Let cool. Add to punch bowl with:

1 qt. orange juice
2 cups pink grapefruit juice
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 liter seltzer

Refrigerate. For garnish, layer citrus slices in a round cake pan; cover fruit with juice or water and freeze.

Sliced starfruit adds the perfect garnish to this festive mocktail. This delicious punch recipe blends sparkling cider, white grape juice, and seltzer with flavors like ginger, cloves, cinnamon and star anise.

Starlight Punch

Simmer together:

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 slice ginger
1 tsp. cloves
3 cinnamon sticks
2 star anise

Cool, then strain. In a punch bowl, mix:

1 bottle (64 oz.) white-grape juice
1 bottle (24 oz.) sparkling cider
1 liter seltzer
1/2 cup reserved spiced syrup

Garnish with sliced star fruit, kiwi, and grapes.

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