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20 Best Thanksgiving Punch Recipes

Instead of playing bartender at your next holiday party, try these Thanksgiving punch recipes.

They’re bright, fun for crowds, and wonderfully festive.

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Punch is a mixed drink (with or without alcohol) containing a variation of fruit, fruit juices, wine, liquor, spices, citrus, and either Champagne or sparkling wine.

It was traditionally served in a punch bowl, but as long as you have some of those key elements, it’s still considered a punch – even if it’s just one or two glasses.

And from spiced apple and pumpkin to bright cranberry and orange, these terrific Thanksgiving punch recipes are too good to miss.

20 Easy Punch Recipes for Thanksgiving (Holiday Drink Ideas)

1. Apple Cider Rum Punch

Apple cider is pretty synonymous with Thanksgiving, so this punch is perfect for your holiday celebrations. 

Full of fruity flavor with a hint of cinnamon spice, this rum punch is cheerful and comforting.

Garnish your glasses with fresh apple and orange slices and cinnamon sticks. It’s one cocktail you’ll be sipping all season long.

2. Cranberry Apple Moscow Mule Punch

If Moscow mules are your drink of choice, this Thanksgiving twist will have you hooked. 

Cranberries and apples are the star fruits of the holiday season and are a lovely match for the spicy ginger beer. 

So why not dress up the traditional mule with some festive flair? It’s easier than you think!

3. Thanksgiving Moscow Mule (Pumpkin Apple Spice)

Here’s another fun fall take on the Moscow mule, only this version really leans into the Thanksgiving theme.

I mean, what’s more festive than pumpkin spice on Turkey Day?

You’ll start with familiar ingredients (vodka, lime, ginger beer), then add apple cider, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin pie spice.

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They’ll take this usually fresh drink to a whole new level of warmth.

Forget PSLs; this cocktail is the drink of the season!

4. Cranberry Mule

The cranberry apple mule above kept things simple with vodka, apple juice, and fresh cranberries.

But this one adds a depth of deliciousness with spiced rum instead of vodka. If you’re a fan of the Dark & Stormy, you’ll adore this drink!

You’ll also use cranberry juice instead of fresh berries, which amps up that fruity-tart taste.

Finally, sugared cranberries make this a beverage that looks just as good as it tastes. 

5. Cranberry Orange Punch

Forget cran-apple! This Thanksgiving drink is all about cranberry and orange.

It’s a mocktail full of fruity flavor and effervescent bubbles. So it’s ideal for the kids too.

And all you have to do is muddle cranberry simple syrup with sweet tangerines slices, then top it up with seltzer water.

Make the syrup ahead and keep it in the fridge. That way, you can have this whenever the craving strikes!

6. Apple Cider Punch with Bourbon

You’ll want to sip this apple cider punch through all your holiday celebrations. 

Start with sweet apple cider, and add spicy ginger beer and bourbon for a deep and sweet finish.

Make it in a large batch and let your guests serve themselves.

Just one suggestion: make double! I have a feeling you’ll need to top up the bowl pretty fast.

7. Sparkling Citrus, Lillet & Prosecco Punch

Prosecco punch that’s bright, bubbly, and full of citrus? Yes, please!

Lillet is a French aperitif, apricot cocktail with notes of citrus and honeysuckle.

Boost it with some extra juice (the recipe suggests a mix of Meyer lemon, tangerine, blood orange, and pink grapefruit), and top it up with bubbly.

Make the base of this cocktail in pitchers and leave the Prosecco on the table. That allows your guests to add more or less, depending on how they like it.

8. Autumn Harvest Punch

Autumn harvest punch is another mocktail that does not disappoint. 

Between the lemonade, apple cider, and orange juice, it’s definitely fruity. But there’s also sparkling water to lighten it all up. 

You’ll add maple syrup as a sweetener and fresh rosemary for some fragrance. Serve it with apples and oranges, and it’s a stunner.

9. Cranberry Apple Sangria

I love sangria. It’s such a fabulous party drink, and it’s great if you want to make it in batches ahead of time. 

This one features cranberries and apples, along with apple cider, cranberry juice, red wine, and brandy.

You don’t have to make this ahead, but the longer it sits, the better the flavors will marry.

10. Pear Ginger Champagne Cocktail

This pear and ginger Champagne cocktail is a classy beverage for the grown-up holiday parties. 

Pear is crisp and sweet, while ginger is spicy and fragrant. It’s a magical combination.

Add in some fizzy Champagne for a one-of-a-kind cocktail. 

Whether you’re throwing a fancy party or a cozy gathering, this is a must-try!

11. Pear & Cranberry Champagne Cocktails

Champagne cocktails are ideal for any party, but it flows fast during the holidays. 

And these two fruits work surprisingly well with a bit of bubbly. So well, in fact, this might just be your go-to Christmas and New Year’s drink too!

The gorgeous colors and the spectacular flavors are memorable and delicious. Though, you might not remember too well after the third glass!

12. Cranberry Prosecco Punch

Cranberry sauce is one of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes. So, let’s turn it into a cocktail and keep the party going!

Like all of the best cranberry recipes, this one has just a hint of orange. 

You and your guests will be sipping on this cocktail way after the turkey is carved. 

13. Fireball Sangria

For a cocktail that’ll keep you cozy this holiday season, try this Fireball sangria. 

This drink is fantastic for any Thanksgiving dinner but so delicious you’ll want it year-round.

Spicy Fireball whiskey with red wine and fruit juice is easy, full of warmth, and super tasty.

14. Sparkling Pomegranate Punch

If you’re not a lover of cranberries but like the color, try this easy pomegranate punch instead.

It’s a flavorful, colorful, festive drink for which everybody will be grateful. 

Rich pomegranate and orange juices are a terrific combo. Add some hard cider – or non-alcoholic for a mocktail – and you’re in for a treat!

Add some sugared rosemary, and you’ll have a drink that’ll start the Christmas season off right!

15. Persimmon Cocktail with Caramelized Persimmon Pureé

Persimmons are a sadly overlooked fruit. But luckily, they can shine in this fun holiday drink.

Bring some sunshine to your fall festivities with caramelized persimmons, maple syrup, cinnamon, lemon juice, and thyme. 

Add it to your favorite spirit – whether that’s vodka, gin, or bourbon – plus some bubbles and start sipping!

16. Giggle Juice – A Bubbly Punch Cocktail

Giggle juice is the drink we all need during the holidays. 

Sweet Moscato wine and tart lemonade combined with lemon-lime soda and vodka create one helluva fun experience.

It’s perfect for family gatherings or fall baby/bridal showers. 

17. Pumpkin Pie Punch (Thanksgiving or Halloween Punch Idea)

Thanksgiving usually ends with a creamy slice of pumpkin pie. But now you can have your dessert and drink it too!

Real pumpkin, apple cider, cream soda, and pumpkin pie spice join forces to create every Starbucks-loving, flannel-wearing, pumpkin-picking guy’s and gal’s dream.

Your holiday grocery list just grew by five ingredients, but I’m sure you won’t mind.  

18. Cranberry Raspberry Holiday Punch

Loaded with bright red and pink fruits, this is such a pretty drink.

I adore the raspberry sherbet on top that brings a bit of fun to the mix. It also balances the flavors beautifully.

Meanwhile, ginger ale is a wonderful addition for bubbles while keeping it kid-friendly. 

19. Caramel Apple Cider Crush

Caramel apples are the treat of the season, so why not turn them into a bubbly cocktail?

If you didn’t already know that salted caramel vodka existed, you do now! And this is just the beginning of all the incredible cocktails you’ll want to make. 

Chilled apple cider and caramel vodka are a match made in autumnal heaven. I’ll be making it all season long. 

20. Hot Spiced Bourbon Milk Punch 

Hot spiced bourbon milk punch sounds a little odd, but trust the process.

Milk, bourbon, spices, and maple syrup are an excellent combination of creamy, sweet, boozy, and warm. It’s bound to become your new favorite nightcap.

You’ll adore this dreamy dessert cocktail no matter what the temperature is outside. I have to say; it’s so much better than cocoa.

20 Best Thanksgiving Punch Recipes

Instead of playing bartender at your next holiday party, try these Thanksgiving punch recipes. They’re bright, fun for crowds, and wonderfully festive.


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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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