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Get into the spirit of the season with this Thanksgiving Cider Punch. Warming apple cider, vodka, apple butter, and bitters, mixed with whole cinnamon sticks, ginger beer, and bubbly champagne. Mix everything together to create the perfect holiday punch that’s both festive and delicious. Rim your glasses in sweet cinnamon sugar to create a magical fall cocktail that everyone will love this Thanksgiving!

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Well, it’s about time I shared a punch recipe, right? The overall goal for this year’s holiday recipes is simplicity and ease. You probably got that idea yesterday when viewing my 2022 Thanksgiving dinner menu. Everything on our menu this year is easy to throw together and can easily be made ahead of time too!

I know all too well that when you’re entertaining a large crowd you need to take the work out of serving up your yummy cocktails. Meaning, cocktails that serve everyone!

Enter holiday punches!

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For some reason, I haven’t shared many punch recipes. I’m not sure why, they’re great! I love making them for the added bonus that while they chill in the fridge, they’ll develop an even more intense and delicious flavor.

We can all love that!

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Here are the details

You’ll need apple cider. I like to use spiced apple cider with no sugar added. Then vodka, apple butter, bitters, and cinnamon sticks.

Mix this all together in a large punch bowl, then chill the mix until you plan to serve. This can be made 3 to 4 days ahead.

Just before serving, pour over a bottle of champagne and a couple of bottles of ginger beer, then serve!

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A fancier approach

To go the extra mile, make a cinnamon sugar rim! Just coarse sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon.

For photos, I left the ginger beer out of my punch bowl. I then poured the champagne punch mix over ice and topped each pretty-rimmed glass off with ginger beer. Last but not least, I added a fresh apple slice and cinnamon stick too!

So easy, festive, and very pretty!

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This cocktail is perfect for any and all of your upcoming parties. But it’s also great to enjoy with a small group of family or friends. I love that it’s not loaded with added sugars like most punch recipes. Plus, it is SO EASY to make.

For friends who don’t drink, you’ve still got them covered, simply make the mocktail variation!

I hope you all enjoy this very fun drink and that it brings plenty of cheer 🥂🍾 to your holiday season!

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Looking for other easy punch recipes?? Here are my favorites: 

Pumpkin Head Punch

Sparkling Christmas Party Punch

Holiday Cheermeister Bourbon Punch

Spiced Cranberry Punch

Thanksgiving Sangria

Spiced Honey Bourbon Old Fashioned Pitcher

Lastly, if you make this Thanksgiving Cider Punch, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Thanksgiving Cider Punch

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories Per Serving: 268 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Ingredients

Cinnamon sugar Rim

Instructions

  • 1. In a large pitcher, combine the cider, vodka, apple butter, and bitters. Stir until combined. Add the cinnamon sticks and 1-2 star anise (if you like). Chill until ready to serve. 
    2. Just before serving, add ice to your punch bowl. Pour over the champagne and ginger beer. Add ice to cocktail glasses and pour over the punch. Serve with apple slices.
    3. To make the cinnamon rim, on a small plate, mix the coarse sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Dip the rim of the glass into a thin layer of juice. Then dip the glass into the sugar mix.
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Thanksgiving Cider Mocktail Punch

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories Per Serving: 232 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Ingredients

Cinnamon Rim

Instructions

  • 1. In a large pitcher, combine the cider, vinegar, apple butter, and bitters. Stir until combined. Add the cinnamon sticks and 1-2 star anise (if you like). Chill until ready to serve. 
    2. Just before serving, Add ice to your punch bowl. Pour over the grape juice and ginger beer. Stir in the apples. Add ice to cocktail glasses and pour over the punch. Serve with apple slices.
    3. To make the cinnamon rim, on a small plate, mix the coarse sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Dip the rim of the glass into a thin layer of juice. Then dip the glass into the sugar mix.
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    1. Hi Vanessa,
      Thank you so much for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was a winner! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! xx

    1. Hi Sara,
      Thank you so much for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was a winner! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! xx

    1. Hi Sarah,
      This recipe calls for apple cider, which yes you do need to use, not vinegar:) Please let me know if you have any other questions! xx

  1. 5 stars
    I made this for Thanksgiving and it is delish! It looks beautiful in the glass with the brown sugar rim. Thank you for the recipe!

    1. Hi Michelle,
      Thank you so much for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was a winner! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! xx

  2. 5 stars
    I made the mocktail version for the kids and myself since I’m pregnant this year but can’t wait to try the alcohol version next year! The mocktail was so delicious and perfect for Thanksgiving dinner! Taking it to our second celebration today as well!

    1. Hi Amanda,
      Thank you so much for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was a winner! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! xx

  3. 5 stars
    I made a test batch of this before I make it tomorrow. Absolutely delicious!! Do yourself a favor and do the cinnamon sugar rim. So good!!!

    1. Hi Alissa,
      Wonderful!! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was enjoyed!! Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃

    1. Thanks so much Grace! just adjust the serving size and the ingredients will automatically adjust for you:) I hope you love the recipe! Cheers!! xx

  4. What style or kind of champagne is best for this punch? So excited to make this for thanksgiving (mixed crowed of drinkers and non-drinkers).

  5. Wondering if it would make a huge difference if I left out the bitters? I don’t have any on hand. Or if bitters are needed- would just regular instead of orange work? Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Mackenzie,
      I would go ahead and use the regular bitters:) Please let me know if you have any other questions! Cheers! xx

  6. Question, right before serving, is it okay to pour in the ginger beer and champagne to the punch bowl? Or do you need to pour the punch mixture into each glass and then top with the ginger beer and champagne? In other words, are we meant to combine everything in the punch bowl before serving, or no? Thank you! Can’t wait to serve this at Thanksgiving!

    1. Hi Ashley,
      Everything goes into the punch bowl:) You just wait to add the ginger beer and champagne until serving because of the carbonation. I hope you love the recipe! Cheers! xx

    2. Hi! I’m in panic mode because I don’t have enough apple cider and our stores are out. I used 4 cups so far but I’m wondering if I could use hard cider for the other 4 cups I need? Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving!

      1. Hi Jessica,
        Hard cider will work for you, but you might want to reduce the vodka otherwise it’s going to be a super strong drink! Or just reduce everything else to match the 4 cups of cider. Happy Thanksgiving! xx

  7. Hello. Going to try this for Thanksgiving. Two questions: would this work to cut the recipe in half and then if I left out the vodka and just used champagne, would it still be good? Thank you in advance!

  8. Hi Tieghan, what kind of unsweetened spiced apple cider do you get? I was at two stores and could not find any.
    Thank you.

    1. Hey Gerri,
      I typically get one from my local grocery store that comes from a local orchard. You probably won’t find one that’s unsweetened. Please let me know if you have any other questions!!