Let’s get festive with this Thanksgiving Punch. Cranberry juice, orange juice, apple cider and ginger beer makes a sweet and zesty punch that the whole crew will love.
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Halloween is over and that means it’s finally time to obsess over all the Thanksgiving food. I’m starting with a drink recipe this month and it’s a good one.
This Thanksiving Punch literally could not be easier. We’re talking a dump, stir and chill recipe that will take you two minutes to mix up. Make it the day before and you can sip on it from morning through dinner.
Ingredients in Thanksgiving Punch
- Cranberry Juice
- Apple Cider
- Orange Juice
- Ginger Beer
Yep, just 4 ingredients. You can also grab some apples, oranges and fresh cranberries to make cute little garnishes.
You can find ginger beer in the liquor department with the mixers. It does not contain alcohol and is similar to giner ale but with a bigger, spicier ginger kick. If you aren’t able to find ginger beer you can subsitute ginger ale in the recipe.
This fun combination of beverages creates a unique punch full of flavor. The apple cider brings all the sweetness, cranberry juice adds some tartness and helps balance out the apple cider. A few splashes of orange juice adds some citrus zing and the ginger beer adds a bit of spice that is so perfect for Thanksgiving. It’s such a good combination of flavors.
Can You Spike Thanksgiving Punch?
You could definitely booze it up if you wish. I would go with spiced rum to keep the warm, tropical vibes going. Vodka would also be a good option if you prefer.
When I make a big batch of punch for parties I usually like to leave the alcohol out for two reasons. First, so the kids can still partake. Second, so guests can control the amount they add.
If you choose to spike the whole batch, make sure it’s clearly marked so everyone is aware there is alcohol and keep it out of reach from the kids.
Serving the Punch
You can make this punch up and serve it in a big punch bowl or a pitcher, whichever you prefer. If your Thanksgiving dinner is on the casual side, grab a random collection of mason jars for serving the punch. I love the eclectic look of it.
Also important for serving is the ice. I prefer pebble ice because we all know it’s the best kind of ice. If you have a pile of cash lying around, this little machine will make it for you at home.
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A simple way to make this punch extra festive and pretty you can make some cute little garnishes. Thinly slice and orange and an apple and grab a bag of fresh cranberries. Thread a few cranberries on a regular old toothpick along with an apple and orange slice.
You can hang them on the edge of the glass or plop them right into the glasses. So pretty and delicious.
More Festive Drinks:
- Cran Orange Mimosas
- Instant Pot Citrus Arnold Palmers
- Caramel Apple Moscow Mules
- Sparkling Blood Orange Margaritas
This Thanksgiving Punch is the perfect festive drink to serve on Thanksgiving. Cranberry juice, orange juice, apple cider and ginger beer create a deliciously addictive punch. Spiced rum optional.
- 4 cups apple cider
- 4 cups cranberry juice
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 12 oz. can ginger beer
- Optional: spiced rum
- Oranges, apples, fresh cranberries for garnish
In a large punch bowl or pitcher, stir together apple cider, cranberry juice, orange juice and ginger beer. Chill. Add spiced rum if desired. Pour over ice and garnish with fruit.
Check out Julia’s Simply Southern for more recipe inspiration.