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20 Best Thanksgiving Punch Recipes for A Crowd

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

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

Three glasses of apple cider punch
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Punch is a mixed drink (with or without alcohol) containing a variation of fruit, juices, wine, liquor, spices, citrus, and sometimes 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 holiday punch recipes are too good to miss.

20 Easy Punch Recipes for Thanksgiving

A glass of apple cider rum punch with cinnamon and orange slices.
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1. Apple Cider Rum Punch

Apple cider cocktails are pretty synonymous with Thanksgiving, so this punch is perfect when you’re feeding a crowd. 

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.

Cranberry apple Moscow mule punch garnished with berries and lemon slices.
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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!

Pumpkin apple pie spice Moscow Mule filled with ice and garnished with apple and lemon slices.
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3. Thanksgiving Moscow Mule (Pumpkin Apple Spice)

Here’s another fun 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 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 fresh ginger beer cocktail to a new level of warmth.

Glasses of Mulled wine garnished with fresh cranberries, cinnamon sticks and lemon slices.
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4. Mulled Wine Punch

Everyone at the table will be delighted with this colorful drink. It’s one of the most festive punch recipes around!

Made with orange juice, lemon juice, berries, cinnamon sticks, and dry red wine, it perfectly captures the spirit of the season.

Garnish it with orange slices to add a pop of color. Sip on this throughout the holiday season!

Two glasses of iced cranberry and orange punch.
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5. Cranberry Orange Punch

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

Like most mocktail recipes, it’s 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 tangerine slices, then top it up with seltzer water.

Glasses of iced Apple Cider Punch with Bourbon garnished with dried apple slices and cinnamon stick.
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6. Apple Cider Punch with Bourbon

You’ll want to sip this easy 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! You’ll need to top up the bowl pretty fast.

Wine pouring to a glass of sparkling citrus, lillet and prosecco punch garnished with slices of grapefruit and lemon.
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7. Sparkling Citrus, Lillet & Prosecco Punch

Prosecco cocktails are bright and bubbly. And this citrus punch is no exception.

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.

Autumn Harvest Punch in a pitcher.
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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.

Top view of a glass of cranberry apple sangria
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9. Cranberry Apple Sangria

I love most sangria recipes. They’re such fabulous party drinks and are ideal for making ahead.

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.

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10. Pumpkin Patch Punch

This mix of orange juice, apple cider, brandy, spiced pumpkin butter, and vodka is to die for!

It’s full of fruity flavor but also packs a punch from the brandy. (Pun intended.)

It’s perfect to sip on while you’re prepping your feast for turkey day. Add cinnamon sugar to the rim of the glass for a sweet accent.

A glass of non-alcoholic spicy pear punch
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11. Non-Alcoholic Spicy Pear Punch

This easy punch allows people of all ages to join in on the festivities. Kids will especially love the sparkling goodness.

It’s made with pear nectar, lemon juice, and ginger beer, giving it a nice contrast between spicy and sweet.

Garnish it with cranberries, pear slices, or cinnamon sticks for the perfect finishing touch.

Cranberry prosecco punch in  wine glass garnished with fresh cranberries.
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12. Cranberry Prosecco Punch

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

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

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

Glasses of fireball sangria filled with fruit and a bottle of liquor in the background.
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13. Fireball Sangria

If you’ve never tried any Fireball cocktails before, I can’t recommend this sangria enough.

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.

Sparkling pomegranate cocktail with a hint of rosemary,
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14. Sparkling Pomegranate Punch

If you’re not a lover of cranberries but like the color, why not turn to pomegranate cocktails instead?

This punch is 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!

Brandy apple punch
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15. Brandy Apple Punch

The best part of this brandy apple punch is it’s so easy to make. Put out your punch bowl and let guests sip as they please.

A combination of cranberry juice, apple cider, maple syrup, and brandy creates this irresistible drink.

The recipe suggests freezing ice cubes made out of orange juice, cranberries, and apple cider to keep things chilled.

Hard cider kombucha punch cocktail on mule glasses and punch bowl.
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16. Hard Apple Cider Kombucha Punch

Kombucha is all the rage right now, thanks to the gut-friendly probiotics it brings to the table. So consider this a healthy twist on regular punch!

In addition to the star ingredient, this recipe features hard cider, apple juice, pumpkin pie spice, and dark spiced rum.

It’s a refreshing complement to turkey, stuffing, gravy, and all the fixins!

Pumpkin pie punch served on glasses topped with whipped cream and cinnamon powder.
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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.

Everyone will crowd around the punch bowl for this treat. 

A glass of foamy cranberry raspberry holiday punch garnished with fresh cranberries.
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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. 

A jag of caramel apple punch served on glasses garnished with berries and lemon peel.
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19. Caramel Apple Punch

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

Made with apple cider, ginger ale, caramel sauce, and spices, it’s almost like dessert in a drinkable form.

Keep it alcohol-free, or jazz it up with caramel-flavored vodka for a boozy twist. Either way, you can’t go wrong! It’s perfect for a crowd.

A glass of bourbon milk punch with cinnamon stick.
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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. It’s so much better than cocoa.

20 Best Thanksgiving Punch Recipes

Course: CocktailsCuisine: American


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Instead of playing bartender at your next holiday party, try this Thanksgiving punch recipe! It’s bright, fun for crowds, and wonderfully festive.


  • 8 cups apple cider

  • 1 cup blood orange juice

  • 1 cup rum

  • 1 cup vodka

  • 2 apples, cored and thinly sliced, plus more for garnish

  • 4 cups chilled ginger ale

  • Ice cubes

  • 6 cinnamon sticks, for garnish

  • Fresh mint leaves, for garnish


  • Combine apple cider, blood orange juice, rum, and vodka in a large pitcher or punch bowl.
  • Add the sliced apples and stir gently to combine.
  • Chill in the fridge for at least one hour.
  • Pour chilled ginger ale just before serving.
  • Serve with ice, more apple slices, cinnamon sticks, and fresh mint for garnish.
  • Enjoy!


  • Dark or spiced rum works best.
  • Use a mix of red and green apples for color. Leave the peels on.


  • Calories: 211kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 36g
  • Protein: 0g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 26mg
  • Potassium: 202mg
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 32g
  • Calcium: 39mg
  • Iron: 1mg
Thanksgiving Punch Recipes

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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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