Keep it festive with this easy-to-make citrus, fruit, and effervescent Thanksgiving Punch for the autumn holidays. Flavors of apple, orange, and cranberry mingle with the warming spice of cinnamon while ginger ale adds its bubbly sparkle to this family-friendly party beverage.
Whether you make this in a glass pitcher or a punch bowl, this non-alcoholic fall beverage will be a stunning and delicious addition to your Thanksgiving and holiday events. Its yellow and gold color is on point for the autumn season and the reds, browns, and orange shades of the garnishes make this drink an irresistible treat.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- It’s perfect for holiday entertaining
- Uses common seasonal ingredients
- Can be made in just minutes with minimal ingredients
- Can be made ahead
- Can be made into a cocktail
Apple Cider – chilled. Use cider rather than apple juice. The cider has a more intense flavor.
Ginger Ale – chilled. Adds ginger flavor as well as carbonation to the punch.
Orange Juice – chilled. I like to use no pulp OJ because it gives a cleaner look to the punch.
Cinnamon Sticks – for a garnish in the punch.
Fresh Fruit Garnishes – apple slices, orange slices, cranberries for garnishes in the punch.
How To Make Thanksgiving Punch
STEP 1: In a large pitcher or punch bowl, add the chilled liquids of apple cider, ginger ale and orange juice and stir.
STEP 2: Garnish with a few cinnamon sticks, orange and apple slices and cranberries.
STEP 3: Place in the fridge to chill and let all the flavors infuse for at least an hour before serving.
Can I Make This Thanksgiving Punch Ahead?
Yes, you can make it up to a day in advance. Combine all the ingredients except the chilled ginger ale. Keep it refrigerated and add the ginger ale right before serving, that way the sparkling bubbles will be fresh and effervescent.
Do I Need To Add Sugar?
No, you don’t. The apple cider and orange juice are already naturally sweetened and the ginger ale will already have sugar added to it.
How To Keep The Punch Cold
The usual way of adding an ice ring or ice cubes to liquids to keep it cold is one way to go, but I suggest adding ice cubes or an ice ring made out of apple cider and orange juice. This will keep the punch from being watered down. Just mix equal parts of orange juice and apple cider and freeze it in cube or ring form. Add to the pitcher or punch bowl right before serving.
How To Make Thanksgiving Punch Into A Cocktail
If you’re looking to add a boozy ingredient, any of the following would be great additions to this Thanksgiving punch: spiced rum, vodka or Fireball (cinnamon) whiskey. You could also swap out the ginger ale for Prosecco.
What To Serve With Thanksgiving Punch
Whether you’re serving this as a party punch with holiday appetizers like my Sausage Rolls or my easy Ham and Cheddar Sticks, or as a beverage for my Slow Cooker Bone-In Turkey Breast, you can’t go wrong with this punch! You might want to make it for after the holiday, too, with my incredible Thanksgiving Sliders, which are great for using up those leftovers!
Store any leftovers in an airtight container or pitcher. It will keep for up to 3 days.
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Keep it festive with this easy to make citrus, fruit and effervescent Thanksgiving Punch for the autumn holidays. Flavors of apple, orange and cranberry mingle with the warming spice of cinnamon while ginger ale adds its bubbly sparkle to this family friendly party beverage.
- 1 gallon apple cider
- 1 liter Ginger Ale
- 8 ounces orange juice
- cinnamon sticks
- apple slices
- orange slices
- Gather all of the ingredients.
- In a large pitcher or punch bowl add the apple cider, gingerale and orange juice and stir.
- Garnish with a few cinnamon sticks, orange and apple slices and cranberries.
- Place in the fridge to chill for at least an hour.
Tips and Tricks
Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Add a little rum or vodka to make this more of an adult treat.
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