My girls loved drinking this Christmas punch at holiday meals when they were growing up. And honestly, I still love it today. We affectionately called it “Rudolph Punch” and it’s so simple you don’t even need a recipe for it!
Y’all know I’m not a food blogger. I’m just a normal mom that has to cook, like most of you. So I only share super simple recipes that my family loves!
Don’t miss our other family holiday favorites!
- Classic Green Bean Casserole
- EASY Cranberry Sauce Recipe
- GG’s Corn Pudding Recipe
- Cranberry Orange Ham
- Roasted Rosemary Potatoes
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Ingredients for Rudolph Punch
- cranberry juice
- green sanding sugar <=== This is where I bought my green sanding sugar!
This drink is so easy there isn’t even a recipe! (So many people have asked for the recipe I’ve updated my article with this new information. Sorry I wasn’t specific enough earlier.)
By the Glass
I usually mix this up as needed so that it keeps its fizz. I’ll fill each glass about half full of cranberry juice. Then fill it to the rim with ginger ale.
By the Pitcher
Fill half of your pitcher with cranberry juice. Slowly fill to the top with ginger ale.
By the Punch Bowl
Pour one 32-ounce bottle of cranberry juice into the punch bowl. Then slowly add a 1-liter bottle of ginger ale.
This is really pretty with some floating cranberries frozen in ice. I’ve used a little ring pan to freeze ginger ale with whole cranberries in it. Freeze it the day before your party and add the ice ring right before serving.
But if you want a big ole’ BUNCH of delicious Christmas punch recipes, check out these:
First, add the sugar to the rims of the glasses by dipping them first in water, then into the sugar.
Crate and Barrel has some gorgeous little juice glasses, including this one that looks almost exactly like the one I used today.
Then carefully pour cranberry juice into each glass until it’s about halfway full. Then fill it up with ginger ale. You could also make a whole pitcher at one time if you have a lot of people to serve.
Add an ice cube and a straw and you’re set! BTW, I just cut regular straws in half so they’d fit these little glasses.
You’ll need some Christmas cookies to go with this easy Christmas punch, so check out this list:
101 of the BEST Christmas Cookie Recipes
If you’d like this Rudolph Punch recipe, check out these other holiday recipes:
- THE Classic Green Bean Casserole Recipe
- How to Make Cranberry Sauce the Easy Way
- GG’s Easy Corn Pudding Recipe
- My Cranberry Orange Ham Recipe
- Raspberry Thumbprint Cake Mix Cookies
I hope you’ve enjoyed our three days of Handmade Holidays! I’d love to know if you make any of the recipes shared today. Leave a comment and let me know what your favorite Christmas recipe is!
‘Til the next project,
That green sugar on the rim is the perfect touch! So festive!
Super Mom - No Cape! says
This is the punch we have for every holiday meal from Christmas right through to Easter and the 4th of July… except we use Sprite instead of gingerale. Those sugar dipped glasses are such fun. I’ll definitely be adding that this year! Thanks for the idea.
Isn’t it fun? We’ve used Sprite, 7Up, regular, & diet. Sometimes it depends on what we already have on hand. But I think the gingerale is still my favorite. Thanks for reading!
Courtney mickens says
Can this punch be premade??
I’ve made a pitcher at a time but always served it right away. I think it would lose it’s fizz if you made it too far ahead of time.
Sue LD says
What a fun way to serve punch.
Yum! This punch sounds so delicious.
Mother of 3 says
So cute and easy! My boys love when I take that extra minute to coat the rims of the glasses in sugar. Such a little detail that goes a long way. I love cranberry juice so I’ll be pinning and making this!
Sprite must have seen your recipe. You can now buy Cranberry Sprite right in the bottle or can.
lol… I’ve seen that!
Does the cranberry sprite taste the same as this recipe?
No. Sprite doesn’t have the ginger flavor. It’s just lemon-lime. Still good… but different.
What is the perfect ratio of ginger ale to cranberry juice?
I like half and half.
I have been making this punch for years. I also add a bottle of vodka. so good.
Kathy A says
I loved the green sugar; when my kids were little, they would have vied to see who could get the greenest lips and tongue!
What are the measurements of ginger ale and cranberry juice ?
And where do you get the green sanding sugar ??
Beverly, Here’s my affiliate link to the green sanding sugar that I bought on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2ekXp23
Let me know if you have any other questions.
Where is the recipe for the punch?
Marcene Sassaman says
I accidentally made this punch years ago, but I used Cranapple juice and Fresca! It is scrumptious! And doesn’t get simpler!
Susie A says
Do you use 100% Cranberry juice, Cranberry blend or Cranberry Cocktail for your Rudolph punch?
I always use 100% cranberry juice. But I’m sure the others would work.