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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. 5 stars
    This holiday cocktail is a treat! My daughter made it for our family’s Thanksgiving dinner and everyone loved it! Yum!

  2. 5 stars
    Big hit with my Thanksgiving guests!
    BUT even with bumping up the vodka, we all agreed it needed even more!
    Since I doubled the recipe for the crowd, I still have some leftover. How long will it keep? ♥️

    1. Hey Leslie,
      Happy Monday!! Thanks a bunch for trying this recipe out, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! I would say about 1 week:) xT

    1. Hey Jill,
      Happy Sunday!!⛄️ I truly appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your feedback, so glad to hear it was enjoyed! xxT

  3. 5 stars
    So delicious!! It was a hit with my family – it wasn’t too sweet and it tasted like apple pie! I bumped it to two cups of vodka and couldn’t taste a thing

    1. Hey Em,
      Happy Sunday!!⛄️ I truly appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your feedback, so glad to hear it was enjoyed! xxT

  4. I made this for Thanksgiving yesterday and it was delicious! We needed to at least double the amount of bourbon though 😉

    1. Hey Brianna,
      Wonderful!! I love to hear that this recipe was a hit, thanks for giving it a try! Have a great weekend:)

  5. 5 stars
    This was a perfect afternoon cocktail for thanksgiving day! Very light- didn’t knock us off our feet. Great flavors with the apple butter and ginger beer.

    1. Hey Elisa,
      Wonderful!! I love to hear that this recipe was a hit, thanks for giving it a try! Have a great weekend:)

  6. 5 stars
    First time ever making a punch for the holidays…wasn’t sure how the family would like it but I had it all ready to go including the glasses w sugared rims. It was a big hit! May be a staple on thanksgiving moving forward.

      1. Hi! What if you don’t have access to apple butter or pumpkin butter, and also don’t have the time to make from scratch 😉

  7. 5 stars
    This was a BIG hit on Thanksgiving with everyone! We didn’t add the vodka as we thought that was a bit over the top but it still turned out wonderfully. Even for a guest who didn’t like anything with ginger beer and was skeptical: “Oh this is good! You have to send me the recipe for this”

    This was soooo good! Not too sweet and tastes like cinnamon apple fall in a glass. Absolutely delicious.

  8. 5 stars
    This was our cocktail tonight for Thanksgiving Dinner. Everyone loved it. I followed the recipe, didn’t make any additions. Although, I used Korbel sparkling wine, because I refuse to spend $80+ on a bottle of champagne that will be mixed with other ingredients. It will delicious and festive. Thanks for sharing such a great drink.

    1. Hi Mary,
      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

  9. 5 stars
    Made this for Thanksgiving this year! Used prosecco instead of champagne and it still turned out LOVELY. Was such a huge hit with the family and is very pretty to look at in the bowl!

    1. Hi Alex,
      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