Christmas Punch

Drinks for one, and you have a nice evening to yourself. Drinks for two or three, and it’s a happy hour. A WHOLE BOWL OF SPARKLING CHRISTMAS PUNCH? We have ourselves a party!

Easy, refreshing, DELICIOUS Sparkling Christmas Punch for a crowd! With champagne, rum, cranberry, and apple cider. Not to sweet, spiked, and so red and festive! Recipe includes nonalcoholic option.

Bubbly, festive, and a total snap to stir together, this easy Christmas Punch is light, refreshing, and not at all overly sweet. It takes less than 5 minutes to make and would be a lovely, useful centerpiece at any holiday party because:

  1. It’s simple but beautiful, with the right amount of holiday sparkle,
  2. Guests will love it (and love you for making it!), and
  3. Crowd control. Think of this punch as your party’s water cooler. Guests will flock wherever it’s placed.

Side note: Wouldn’t it be fun if, just for one day, water coolers in offices across the country distributed Christmas rum punch instead of water? Dear CEOs everywhere, you have my idea for this year’s office holiday party.

Sparkling Christmas Punch with rum, champagne, cranberry, and apple cider. Easy, refreshing, and perfect for a crowd!

I usually shy away from big batch punch recipes because they tend to be overly sweet. Not this Christmas Punch.

Making Christmas Punch

Fresh ingredients such as pure cranberry juice, sparkling wine, and orange slices keep the punch’s flavor light, bright, and dangerously easy to sip.

Rich, spicy ingredients such as rum (or brandy if you prefer), ginger ale, and apple cider give the punch a more dynamic flavor and ensure that it tastes like a real grown-up drink, not a juice box.

Together, this combination of the light and bright with the deep and spicy makes this Christmas Punch dangerous. It’s soooo yummy and easy to sip, and because it takes minutes to make, you can quickly (perhaps too quickly) continue refilling the bowl as the night goes on.

Easy Christmas Rum Punch. Refreshing and delicious! Not to sweet and perfect for a crowd.

While the bubbles in this Christmas Punch make it festive to sip, my favorite part about its looks are the fresh cranberries floating on top.

A moment for state pride, if I may: Wisconsin is the nation’s #1 grower of fresh cranberries. (Yep. We bypassed Massachusetts years ago.) I learned as much as last year when I visited a local cranberry bog and even waded into the water!

Sparkling Christmas Punch with rum, cranberry, and champagne. A holiday party favorite!

If you are looking for a drink recipe for your next party—or for a good excuse to throw a party, period—I hope you’ll give this Christmas Punch a try. It combines a retro holiday feel with a fresh modern taste, and I know your guests will love it as much as we do!

How to Make Christmas Punch with Alcohol:

  • Just follow the directions below. You can use rum or brandy. I preferred this as a Christmas rum punch, but if you’d like something a little sweeter, brandy is a good option.

How to Make Non-Alcoholic Christmas Punch:

  • I haven’t tested this Christmas punch without alcohol, but if you’d like to experiment, you can swap in a sparkling cider for the sparkling wine and omit the rum.
  • The punch will be much sweeter with the sparkling cider, so in order to help temper it, I’d suggest adding extra cranberry juice and ginger ale to taste.

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Easy, refreshing, DELICIOUS Sparkling Christmas Punch for a crowd! With champagne, rum, cranberry, and apple cider. Not to sweet, spiked, and so red and festive! Recipe includes nonalcoholic option.
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Christmas Punch

Yield: 20 servings
Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
An easy, refreshing recipe for Sparkling Christmas Punch for a crowd! With champagne, rum, cranberry, and cider. Not too sweet and perfect for parties!


  • 1 large bag of ice
  • 5 cups 100% cranberry juice — 40 ounces, NOT cranberry juice cocktail
  • 2 bottles very dry sparkling wine — (750 ml bottles) , such as champagne, cava, or Prosecco (I used a brut Prosecco)
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1 1/2 cups diet ginger ale — (12 ounces) (from 1 can or poured from a liter bottle)
  • 1 1/2 cups dark rum or brandy — (12 ounces)
  • 2 oranges — thinly sliced into rounds
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries


  1. Make sure all of the ingredients are well chilled. Fill a large punch bowl with ice. Top with the cranberry juice, sparkling wine, apple cider, ginger ale, and rum. Stir gently to combine. Top with the orange slices and fresh cranberries. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • Nutritional information assumes no ice melt. Since realistically, some ice will melt into the glasses, the numbers are a bit high for 6 ounces. Feel free to use or another service if you need a more precise estimate.
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas Punch, Easy Punch Recipe

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 glass, about 6 ounces) — Calories: 137, Sodium: 18mg, Carbohydrates: 13g, Sugar: 12g

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Easy, refreshing, DELICIOUS Sparkling Christmas Punch for a crowd! With champagne, rum, cranberry, and apple cider. Not too sweet, spiked, and so red and festive! Recipe includes nonalcoholic option.

Easy, refreshing, DELICIOUS Sparkling Christmas Punch for a crowd! With champagne, rum, cranberry, and apple cider. Not too sweet, spiked, and so red and festive! Recipe includes nonalcoholic option.

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  1. I just love a good punch for a Holiday party! This one is so festive and of course, my favorite color! Cheers!

  2. This looks awesome! My friend, Betsy, and I got together today to prepare your fabulous Perfect Cream Cheese Sugar Cookie recipe! We made two batches (went through Step 3) and froze the “disks.” We will get together next week to defrost, roll out, cookie cutter them, bake, frost and decorate them. We made them last year and, truly, they are PERFECT!  I will make us a mini-batch of this punch to enjoy while we complete our annual Christmas cookie baking! Thank you, Erin, for another great recipe! Happy Holidays!

  3. This looks so festive! The perfect way to wash down all those cookies! Lol. And makes being a hostess so much easier! 

  4. I love your water cooler idea. :) And this punch, so perfectly sparkly for the holidays!

  5. so you’re saying I need to come for happy hour then, right? YES! A festive punch with wine = SOLD!!

  6. Heather S Christo Reply

    YAY for Christmas Punch- my favorite way to celebrate a holiday!


  8. Such a pretty punch!

  9. Punch is definitely one of my party favorites!

  10. I always like trying new punch recipes during the holidays! This is one is sure to be a HIT!

  11. I have been looking for a holiday drink and this is it!! Love it!

  12. Hi,
    I want to make this for a drink dispenser, not a bowl. Should I still add of the ice to it? I don’t want it to get watered down…

    • Hi Catherine, you could mix up the punch in the dispenser without the ice and then when serving just pour it into individual glasses over ice. That way it won’t get diluted sitting in the dispenser. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

  13. Gorgeous pictures. I made these punch for the super bowl party and it was a crowd favorite. I’m also gonna pin this post on my Pinterest board my followers will love it. Thanks for sharing, Erin!

  14. Made this for my cousin’s Christmas Eve brunch and it was the hot of the party! Had to make a few refills. We had to use frozen cranberries since all of the fresh ones were sold out, but it was still delicious and refreshing and since I doubled the rum, and used Goslings, it packed quite the punch! I also added some cinnamon sticks to the punch bowl and used more garnish/stirrers, it was so yummy!! Love your recipes, thanks for sharing!! 

  15. This made my family Christmas extra celebratory and special. Thank you!

    • Jennifer, I’m so thrilled to hear that! Thank you so much for giving the recipe a try at such a special occasion and for taking the time to report back!

  16. I made the Christmas Punch twice over the holidays.  Both times I made half the recipe which was great.  I used Ginger beer .  Thanks again for another great festive recipe!

  17. Definitely, your punch is awesomeness! This is a great recipe Erin, as you know I made it a short while ago and it was lovely, in fact, have made it again since. Thanks for sharing!

  18. That punch is so Instagrammable and adorable! As you know I made it a short while ago and it was lovely! Thx, Erin for sharing!

  19. Is ok to use regular ginger ale and not diet? I hate diet taste.

  20. Can I use Cranberry Wine instead of cranberry juice?

    • Hi Donna! I’ve never tried. If the cranberry wine is sweet, I’d probably stick with cranberry juice to make sure it isn’t too sweet. You can always play around though and see what you like!

  21. Do you think this would taste just as good without the rum/brandy? Only using champage

    • Hi Theresa, it would change the taste, but I think it could still be good. You can adjust the ratios of the other ingredients too if you’d like.

  22. Wee love this it’s SO festive and easy to make!

  23. My family loves this punch fir Christmas! 

  24. How fun! I’m going to serve it at my holiday party this weekend.

  25. Perfect for the holiday! So bright and perky!!

  26. Perfect holiday punch! So festive and so yummy!

  27. Such a festive and fun recipe for the holidays. Will definitely make it again.

  28. I love how festive this is, perfect party drink!

  29. It was a hit with my family! I can’t wait to make it again for Christmas!

  30. Really pretty recipe for our Christmas party, thank you!

  31. This is the party I want to be at! I love a good punch!

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