The Best Christmas Punch Recipe for Easy Entertaining

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When hosting a holiday party, I’m all about the “prep-ahead” variety of food and beverages. Over the years, I’ve discovered the best Christmas punch recipe for easy entertaining. It leaves a big bang impression with little preparation!

Christmas punch with cranberries, Prosecco, Italian soda and citrus fruit

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Christmas Punch Recipe

I’ve hosted my fair share of parties over the years, from bridal showers to wedding anniversaries.

I find that having a main focal point, like a mimosa bar or charcuterie board can turn a run-of-the-mill party into a par-tay!

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So do you want to know the secret for making the best punch ever? A bundt pan.

Yep!

When I saw the idea of using a bundt cake pan to freeze fruits for a punch, I immediately fell in love with the idea. I mean, who doesn’t love a boozy Christmas punch that looks pretty too?

Here’s everything you need to know to make this easy Christmas punch at your next Christmas party or event with minimal effort.

Christmas Punch Ingredients

Christmas punch with alcohol and citrus fruit
  • 1-2 oranges
  • 2 limes
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1-2 cups water
  • 2 cups champagne or prosecco (see non-alcoholic options below)
  • 4 cups Italian blood orange soda

Note: I used the Central Market brand of blood orange soda (available in the Texas area), but any citrus flavor soda like San Pellegrino will work.

Other Beverage Alternatives

If you can’t get your hands on orange soda, have no fear! Try these other juice alternatives, and combine them with ginger ale or sparkling wine.

  • Orange juice
  • Pineapple juice
  • Pomegranate juice
  • Cranberry juice
  • Apple cider

How to Make Christmas Punch

To make this Christmas punch recipe, I recommend starting 1-2 days before your party because you’ll want to freeze the fruit overnight.

It’s also best to refrigerate your bubbly and Italian soda until you begin to serve your punch. That way everything will stay nice and chilled!

Step 1: Cut fruit and layer in pan

Layering citrus fruit into bundt cake pan

Cut the citrus fruit into thin slices. Layer the orange slices and lime slices into the bundt cake pan, alternating each layer. Sprinkle cranberries evenly between each layer as well.

Step 2: Cover with water and freeze

Pouring water into bundt cake pan with orange slices, lime slices and fresh cranberries

Pour 1-2 cups of water into bundt pan to just cover the fruit. Freeze pan overnight.

Step 3: Remove frozen ring of fruit

Orange slices, lime slices and cranberries in frozen ring for Christmas punch recipe

To remove the fruit ring, place a plate over the bundt pan, and flip it over.

With the plate still underneath, you can run warm water over the bottom of the bundt pan to loosen the ice. Usually, you’ll hear a “pop” and know the ice has been released onto the plate.

Set the ring inside the punch bowl with the fruit exposed, as shown above.

Step 4: Add alcohol and Italian soda

Pour 2 cups of prosecco or champagne into the punch bowl. Then add four cups of Italian soda and stir gently.

Christmas punch in front of Christmas tree

Step 5: Refill punch bowl as needed

As a good host or hostess, you’ll want to refill the punch bowl with more alcohol and bubbly as the morning/night goes on.

Fortunately, the frozen ring keeps the beverage cool and refreshing. No ice needed!

Just remember to tell your guests the cranberries are just there for decoration. They won’t taste very good, even if the punch does! You can always opt for cherries or pomegranate seeds instead if you prefer.

Non-alcoholic Christmas Punch Options

If you prefer a non-alcoholic holiday punch, try substituting one of the following for the prosecco/champagne:

  • Sparkling grape juice
  • Ginger ale
  • Alcohol free sparkling wine or prosecco

Need help planning your party?

If you’re hosting a celebration and need help preparing, you’ll want to check out my free party planning printables. You can grab your copy by filling out to form below!

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Easiest Party Punch Ever - Alcoholic or Non-alcoholic

Yield: 6-8 cups
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Make the easiest party punch ever for Christmas, baby showers, wedding showers or birthday parties.

This simple party punch recipe is great for a crowd and comes with both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options.

Ingredients

  • 2 oranges
  • 2 limes
  • 1/2 cup cranberries
  • 1-2 cups water
  • 2 cups champagne or prosecco (or non-alcoholic sparkling wine)
  • 4 cups Italian soda (blood orange flavor preferred)

Instructions

  1. Cut the citrus fruit into thin slices and layer them into the bundt cake pan. Sprinkle cranberries evenly between each layer.Layering citrus fruit into bundt cake pan
  2. Pour 1-2 cups of water into bundt pan to just cover the fruit. Freeze pan overnight.Pouring water into bundt cake pan with orange slices, lime slices and fresh cranberries
  3. To defrost the fruit ring, place a plate over the bundt pan, and flip it over.
  4. With the plate still underneath, you can run warm water over the bottom of the bundt pan to loosen the ice. Usually, you’ll hear a “pop” and know the ice has been released onto the plate.Frozen ring with citrus fruits for Christmas punch recipe
  5. Set the ring inside the punch bowl with the fruit exposed.
  6. Pour 2 cups of prosecco or champagne into the punch bowl. Then add four cups of Italian soda and stir gently.

Notes

You can prepare this recipe 1-2 days before your event. Always refrigerate the liquid ingredients before serving for best results.

If you prefer a non-alcoholic Christmas punch, try substituting one of the following for the prosecco/champagne:

  • Sparkling grape juice
  • Ginger ale
  • Alcohol free sparkling wine or prosecco

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 107Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 8mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 0g

Nutritional information may vary based on specific beverages chosen.

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