In case you didn’t know, a punch is a drink made with fruit juices, fresh fruit, soda, and/or spices. It’s usually served in a large bowl, which you’ll use a ladle to get it out of. Holiday punch tends to have booze in it, but keeping it booze-free helps everyone feel more welcome. That’s why we’re sharing a list of non-alcoholic holiday punch options for y’all to add to your holiday party.
Oftentimes, punches are festive because of the seasonal fruits used. But please don’t be intimidated by the idea of making punch—it’s actually quite easy to do. Plus, we have some options on this list that are pre-made; so all you have to do is put some ice cubes in a bowl and then pour the holiday liquid into the large punch bowl.
Keep reading to see our list of the best eight non-alcoholic punch options currently on the internet.
8 Non-Alcoholic Holiday Punch Recipes
Because of the seasonality of certain fruits—like cranberries and pomegranates—a lot of these recipes will be the same. Where they start to differ, we noticed, is in how long they take to make. The first two drinks on the list take several hours to make, but we provide simpler recipes below that. And, to make it even easier, we included a pick that’s ready to pour.
New York Times Cooking Spiced Holiday Punch
If you’re looking for a delicious (albeit time-consuming) holiday punch recipe, consider this one from New York Times Cooking. Among other things, this drink recipe calls for ¼ cup of fresh orange juice, two ounces of soda water, Angostura bitters, and some orange wheels or orange slices to use as a garnish. As mentioned, this recipe is time-consuming, and that’s because it requires you to let the punch rest for at least eight hours.
Southern Living Sparkling Pomegranate Punch
The ingredients needed to make this easy non-alcoholic Christmas punch recipe are right there in the name: pomegranate juice and pomegranate seeds. We love this recipe from Southern Living, which also uses ginger ale and simple syrup. To make it non-alcoholic, simply leave out the vodka and replace the prosecco with booze-free wine. (Wondering where to buy non-alcoholic wine? Check out our list, which we linked in the previous sentence!)
Cooking Classy Christmas Punch
The two options we started with are the more technical of the bunch. I mean, they take more than a couple of hours to brew. From here on out, however, they get really easy—starting with this party drink from Cooking Classy, dubbed the Christmas Punch. You’ll want to get cranberry juice, pineapple juice, almond extract, ginger ale, ice, and fresh cranberries and limes. This recipe doesn’t call for alcohol, but it also tells you how to easily do it if you want to.
Belvoir Mulled Winter Punch
I’m not saying I’m lazy, but I don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. If there’s an option for me to buy something instead of to make it, I’m going to take it every single time. If you’re like me, then you might want to order this non-alcoholic Belvoir Mulled Winter Punch. It has notes of spices including clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg. It also includes juices like red grape, elderberry, and blackcurrant.
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The Mindful Mocktail Non-Alcoholic Christmas Punch
As someone who hosts a lot of Friendsgivings and Christmas Eve Eves, I love looking to the internet when I need a new holiday drink recipe. Since some of my friends are now sober, I’m careful to have at least one option as far as mocktails go. Cue: The Miindful Mocktail. This recipe uses a lot of the same ingredients as some of the ones from up top—like ginger ale, fresh fruit, and cranberry juice—so you might be able to make this in addition to the other recipes.
Cooking with Karli Easy Holiday Punch
Believe it or not, this holiday punch from Cooking with Karli only calls for three ingredients: lemon-lime soda, cranberry juice, and lime juice. (Read: it is an easy holiday punch.) If you want to garnish it, though, you’ll also need some limes and cranberries. The photos on the Cooking with Karli website also make a good point: the drink will look much more like winter if you rim the glass with sugar.
Seanna’s Kitchen Non-Alcoholic Christmas Punch
Another bubbly option for a great holiday punch is this recipe from Seanna’s Kitchen. It’s almost as simple as the Cooking with Karli recipe, but it requires a couple of other ingredients. For example, you’ll need ginger ale or club soda, lemon-lime soda, cranberry juice (diet, in this case), orange slices, lime slices, cranberries, and ice cubes. It might be a good idea to freeze some cranberries so that you reduce the amount of ice (and flavor dilution) that you’ll put in the punch.
One Sweet Appetite Sparkling Holiday Punch
As you might have noticed by now, the holiday punch recipes on the internet are all pretty similar—which makes sense considering that they’re meant to invoke the yuletide spirit. Like the others on this list, this recipe can be made with or without alcohol. Either way, you’ll find yourself shopping for pomegranate juice, sparkling cider, soda, and fresh fruit. As far as the sparkling cider goes, we would recommend going with apple—but grape works too!