Easy Christmas Punch

October 11, 2019Sew White

Christmas parties are calling! Enjoy my Easy Christmas Punch with your friends and family. Easily adapted to spirit of your choice this cocktail is made from fruity cranberry juice, fiery ginger beer and sharp lime.

Christmas party time is here again and I have been mixing up some beautiful drinks to make. This beautifully festive cranberry cocktail is perfect to share. I’ve added fresh cranberries with orange and lime slices to give the finished look the most Christmas-y look I could.

Of course don’t eat the fresh cranberries as they are incredibly bitter and not enjoyable to eat raw. It is purely for looks and to give a hint to the finished cocktail.

I have been creating delicious cocktails for the festive season. The Christmas Punch is made from fruity cranberry juice, fiery ginger beer and sharp lime.

Making Cranberry cocktail for a Christmas punch

It is the perfect time of the year to invite friends round for a drink and a little party in the glow of the fairy lights and by the warmth of the fire.  I give you my festive Christmas punch!

It is based on a traditional mule cocktail. The variants on the mule are endless. The ginger beer fiery nature of the drink work so well with the cranberry juice. It makes it such a festive drink instantly!

This gorgeous handmade glass punch bowl set with 4 glass cups and ladle is from Houseology – my favourite place to buy kitchenware. They have a stunning range of useful and beautiful kitchen and eating gadget. I definitely recommend you take a look. This punch bowl holds 3.1 litres so for small parties it is a perfect way to keep everyone drinking. Without someone having to be the bartender for the night. I love putting the punch bowl in the middle of the table and letting everyone help themselves. It is also a great centre piece for a dining table.

What do I need for Christmas Punch?

For this Christmas sharing cocktail you will need

  • 1.5 litres of cranberry juice
  • 1 litre of ginger beer
  • 750 ml to 1 litre vodka to taste
  • juice of two limes

For the decorations I used

  • 2 limes sliced
  • 1 orange
  • 200 g fresh cranberries
  • ice cubes optional

It looks like a lot but it is quick to assemble I promise. For this recipe you can use most spirits. I’ve written vodka in the recipe but you can also make this with gin, white rum or spiced rum. It’s a hugely adaptable drink which is why I love it.

I’ve even made this without the alcohol and left the different spirits to the side so people can add their favourite and make it as strong as they like. It’s a really popular way of doing it at parties. The cocktail without the spirit is also pretty delicious.

hands holding the christmas punch decorated with orange slices and fresh cranberries

There is nothing better than getting your hands round a delicious winter warming Christmas cocktail!

Cranberry Christmas Cocktail

A cranberry Christmas cocktail is what we all need for the festive period. Cranberry is now such a festive flavour and one that I use a lot in my baking and in my cocktails.

Decorating drink glasses for a Christmas party

I love putting the glasses next to them filled with a few decorative ingredients from the cocktail. I think they look stunning with a few cranberries and a slice of orange waiting for their cocktail! It’s also easier to add pieces into the glasses than trying to get them to balance in a fancy way on the side.


For this cocktail I used fresh cranberries (best not to eat them as they are a bit better), slices of lime and slices of oranges to give it a festive look and also give it a wow factor on the table. It makes it a bit more interesting than just having a red drink on the table. The decorations make it more ideal.

How do I keep my punch cold?

There are some great ways to keep your punch cold without using ice which could water down the cocktail. In the afternoon before you need the drink or even the night before cut up the fruit you will be using to decorate the bowl and slice up. Pop the slices in a bag, you can add the whole cranberries too, and pop them into the freezer. When you are ready to serve take them out of the freezer and add them to the Christmas punch. This way the fruit will help keep the punch colder for longer.

If you do this you can also take the pieces out of the freezer throughout the night to keep the cold pieces topped up.

How long does fruit punch last?

This fruit punch lasts about 24 hours. It is definitely best to drink it down and then top back up during the party. It will make it easier to get the recipe right and if you need to clean the vase or punch bowl. If you do have any leftovers at the end of a party decant what is left into a jug or bottle and store in the fridge. Drink the next day.


What can I use as a punch bowl?

Until I was given this beautiful punch bowl I used to a large vase as a punch bowl. I had never used it for flowers so I know it was clean and not risking anything transferring from plants to people. You can get a large vase fairly cheaply from the shops. If you do use a vase make sure the glass is sturdy and a not too thin.

There are also plastic vases and punch bowls available. If you can’t find either a large drinking jug works perfectly well too.

Disclaimer – I was the sent the punch bowl to review. All opinions are recipes are my own.

Next drink to try – The Blueberry gin and tonic. 

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Check out my Easy Cocktail Recipe round up.

Christmas Punch

Sisley White
I have been creating delicious cocktails for the festive season. The Christmas Punch is made from fruity cranberry juice, fiery ginger beer and sharp lime.
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American, English, International
Servings 10 people
Calories 200 kcal


  • 1.5 litres of cranberry juice
  • 1 litre of ginger beer
  • 750 ml to 1 litre vodka to taste
  • juice of two limes
  • 2 limes sliced
  • 1 orange
  • 200 g fresh cranberries
  • ice cubes optional


  • Add the cranberry juice and vodka to the punch bowl and top up with the ginger beer.
  • Add the juice of two limes.
  • Pop most of the cranberries in to the punch along with limes slices and oranges wedges.
  • Use the remaining cranberries as decoration in the glasses the drink will be served in along with a thin slice of orange.
  • Serve straight away with ice cubes into the glasses. You can put the ice into the punch but if left it will dilute the mix as it melts.
Keyword Christmas cranberry punch, Christmas punch

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  • Choclette

    October 23, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    Woohoo, I’ll have a glass or two of this please. Sounds delectable. And I love your photos, they’re so sharp.5 stars

    1. Sew White

      October 23, 2019 at 5:22 pm

      Thank you Choclette. Working hard on the photography is paying off!

  • Kavita Favelle

    October 23, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    Love the use of ginger beer in this, that really adds an extra Christmas flavour for me!5 stars

    1. Sew White

      October 23, 2019 at 5:21 pm

      I love it too! How delicious. Merry Christmas already Kavey

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    November 10, 2019 at 11:22 pm

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  • Samuel Turner

    November 17, 2019 at 11:24 am

    Just used this recipie for a demonstration… absolutely splendid, loved by all5 stars

    1. Sew White

      November 18, 2019 at 10:13 am

      Fantastic to hear.

  • jordan

    July 31, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    OMG I have to make this for thanksgiving this year!!5 stars

    1. Sew White

      August 1, 2020 at 4:04 pm

      Let me know how you like it!

  • Irina

    July 31, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    Love this festive cocktail! Due to color, it will obviously become a winner of the table. Bookmarking for later.5 stars

    1. Sew White

      August 1, 2020 at 4:04 pm

      Preparing is always a good thing!

  • Mary

    July 31, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    This is gorgeous, delicious, and so festive!5 stars

    1. Sew White

      August 1, 2020 at 4:05 pm

      Thank you!

  • Courtney | Love & Good Stuff

    July 31, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    This punch sounds amazing – I’m loving the cranberry gingerbeer combo. Pinning and saving for the holiday season. Thank you!5 stars

    1. Sew White

      August 1, 2020 at 4:07 pm

      Thank you, I really hope you enjoy it

  • Emily Liao

    July 31, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    This punch is so delicious! Definitely will be making again once the holidays hit 🙂5 stars

    1. Sew White

      August 1, 2020 at 4:07 pm

      Holidays are coming…

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