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cranberry ginger christmas punch can be made with or without alcohol by adding vodka or rum to individual glasses or included straight into the punch bowl
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Quick 5 Minute Cranberry Ginger Ale Punch Recipe

Cranberry ginger ale punch made in under 5 minutes. Make with or without alcohol for a holiday party! Features cranberry juice, ginger ale, and spices! Simple to cut the recipe in half for a smaller crowd or to double for more guests! Recipe makes 112 ounces which is 16 ounces short of a gallon. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas drinks, christmas punch, cranberry, ginger ale, holiday punch, punch, thanksgiving drinks
Servings: 14 8 oz glasses
Calories: 109kcal
Cost: $5


For the punch:

  • 64 ounces cranberry cocktail flavor of your choice, see list in post above for choices. Our favorite brand is Ocean Spray.
  • 48 ounces ginger ale This is 4 (12 oz) cans and ¾ of a 2 liter bottle. We use canada dry ginger ale or Schweppe's.

For the Christmas punch flavor:

  • 1 orange thinly sliced
  • 5 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick

To garnish the glasses / punch bowl (optional)

  • fresh cranberries
  • orange slices
  • star anise
  • cinnamon sticks


  • If you are making the full recipe you will need a one gallon pitcher or other container. If you are doubling the recipe, it is easier to make each batch one at a time.
  • Pour the ginger ale in very slowly. It will bubble and fizz. Try to do it slowly and to minimize this. Part of the fun of the punch is the bubbles!
  • Next, pour the cranberry juice into the container. Once settled, stir very very very gently to distribute.
  • To make the Christmas punch flavor from spices, add in the slices of one orange, 5 star anise and 1 or 2 cinnamon sticks. If you are in a bind and don't have these, but you have mulling spices, a tablespoon or 2 of that will work as well. 
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve. Pour very gently into punch bowl or cracker jar. 
  • Enjoy!



* chill your ginger ale and cranberry juice prior to making to ensure it is cool when served.
** since you are using a bubbly soda serve within a few hours of making to not lose the bubbles. 
*** if you have leftovers, pour back into the cranberry juice container and screw the lid on tightly.
**** If you'd like to keep your punch cool through the party without diluting it with ice, freeze your fresh cranberries to act as ice cubes, or place a small amount of the punch in a bundt pan to create and elegant ice ring. 
*****If you don't have the spices on hand, mulling spices will work in a pinch.


Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 40mg | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 59.9mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.5mg