My girls loved drinking this non-alcoholic Christmas punch at Christmas dinner and all through the holiday season when they were growing up. And honestly, our entire family still loves 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
- ginger ale
- cranberry juice
- green sanding sugar <=== This is where I bought my green sanding sugar!
This drink is so easy there isn’t even a full printable recipe! (So many people have asked for the recipe I’ve updated my article with more details about amounts. I’m sorry I wasn’t specific enough earlier. Please leave a comment if you’d like to have a recipe card — if enough people ask, I’ll add that to this recipe.)
Delicious Holiday Punch Recipe By the Glass
I usually mix up this festive punch recipe as needed so that it keeps its fizz. My kids enjoyed a fancy glass of punch for their Christmas Eve dinner.
First, I dip the top edge of the serving glasses in water and then dip it into the sanding sugar. I’ll fill each glass about half full of cranberry juice. Then fill it to the rim with ginger ale.
Then carefully pour cranberry juice into each glass until it’s about halfway full. Then fill it up with gingerale.
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.
Told you this was an easy recipe!
Christmas Morning Punch By the Pitcher
Fill half of your pitcher with cranberry juice. Slowly fill to the top with ginger ale and stir gently with a wooden spoon.
I like to serve it in a large pitcher for a small family brunch or Christmas breakfast. It’s a little quicker to make it by the pitcher to serve a whole family. You could also fill a large drink dispenser for your festive holiday party guests.
By the Punch Bowl
- 2 – 32-ounce bottles of cranberry juice
- 2-liter bottle of ginger ale or lemon-lime soda
Pour cranberry juice into a large punch bowl (any large bowl will work if you don’t have a punch bowl). Then slowly add 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 and slices of orange in it. Freeze it with the fresh fruit the day before your party and add the ice ring right before serving.
Other Additions to this Easy Christmas Punch Recipe
In a pinch you can mix together just about any of these items to make a festive drink or non-alcoholic punch for Christmas parties:
- lemon lime soda
- club soda
- cranberry juice
- cranberry juice blend
- cranberry cocktail
- pineapple juice
- orange juice
- pomegranate juice
- apple cider
- Hawaiian Punch
- fresh cranberries
- orange slices
- pomegranate seeds or pomegranate arils
Another Secret Ingredient:
- raspberry sherbet
- lime sherbet
- simple syrup
- cinnamon sticks
- one of the fruit juices frozen into ice cubes
Keep some of these ingredients on hand for last minute holiday meals during the Christmas season.
And keep an eye out for these items while you’re shopping:
But if you want a big ole’ BUNCH of delicious Holiday Drinks, check out these non-alcoholic Christmas drink recipes:
- Christmas Drinks Made Easy
- Super Delicious Mocktails Recipes
- The Good Housekeeping Christmas Cookbook
- Grinch Punch Recipe — A fun twist of my recipe! A really easy green punch with red sanding sugar. Fun to drink while you watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
- Thanksgiving Punch
- Easy Party Punch for a Holiday Dinner
Let me know if you have another good punch recipe for special occasions… I always like to add to my repertoire.
You’ll need some Christmas cookies to go with this easy Christmas punch, so check out this list:
More Easy Holiday Recipes
If you’d like this Rudolph Punch recipe, check out these other holiday recipes:
I hope you’ve enjoyed our three days of Handmade Holidays! I hope you got some ideas for your next Christmas party. The best things about this time of year are the times we can spend with our whole family! And the non-alcoholic version of the perfect drink is a perfect addition to those get togethers.
Merry Christmas from,