Holiday Punch Recipes For Every Taste

Sunrise Senior Living  |  December 10, 2014

There are so many varieties of seasonal drinks that it can be hard to please everyone. Some of your relatives may want an alcoholic punch, while your friends at the retirement community like a more traditional fruity beverage. If you're in charge of libations this holiday season, use these different punch recipes to make a drink that's perfect for the crowd.

Seasonal sangria
Sangria is a perfect holiday beverage because it can customized with seasonal ingredients. This recipe uses cranberries and oranges to infuse red wine with rich fruity tastes. The spices give the drink a little kick that your adult guests are sure to appreciate.

Ingredients

  • 2 bottles Merlot
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. ground clove
  • 4 whole oranges
  • 2 sweet apples, such as Gala or Honeycrisp
  • 8 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 liter ginger ale

Directions
In a large pan, combine wine, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Simmer the mixture over medium-low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let the mixture cool for a few minutes. Cut the oranges into eighths and core and cube the apples. Transfer the wine mixture into a sealable container, and add in the orange slices, apple pieces, cinnamon sticks and cranberries. Refrigerate the sangria for at least 24 hours. The longer the mixture sits, the tastier the wine will be. Before the party starts, stir in the ginger ale, and your sangria is ready to go.

Tart, fruity punch
If you want to make a nonalcoholic beverage for your holiday gathering, this pomegranate punch is a good way to go. It's the perfect combination of tart and fruity for your guests with traditional tastes.

Ingredients

  • 8 cups of lemon-lime soda, such as Sprite
  • 1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 slices fresh peeled ginger
  • 2 oranges, thinly slices
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 4 cups ice
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint

Directions
In your serving bowl or pitcher, combine the soda, pomegranate juice and sugar. Stir until all the sugar has dissolved. Add the ginger, orange slices and pomegranate seeds, then stir again. You can store the mixture in the fridge until it's time to serve. When the party starts, add in the ice. Garnish each drink with a sprig of mint. 

Dessert punch
This sweet beverage will be a hit with adults and kids alike. Bring it out after dinner for a lovely seasonal dessert!

Ingredients

  • 1 quart peppermint ice cream
  • 1 quart eggnog
  • 2 1/2 cups ginger ale, chilled
  • Mini candy canes for garnish

Directions
Chill your serving bowl for a few hours before mixing up your concoction. A few minutes before serving, place the ice cream into the chilled bowl. Stir until softened, then gradually mix in eggnog. Pour in the ginger ale, and it's ready to serve. Garnish the edge of each glass with a mini candy cane.