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Deck the halls and get in the holiday spirit with this Sparkling Christmas Party Punch. White wine, sweet pomegranate juice, vodka, zesty citrus, and bubbly ginger beer, all mixed together to create the perfect holiday punch that’s both festive and delicious. Served in a sweet cinnamon sugar-rimmed glass for an extra special holiday cocktail. This Sparkling Christmas Punch will surely bring happiness to all who partake.

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With only one Saturday left before Christmas I’m feeling as though this season is way too short this year. Anyone else feeling the same? We just had Thanksgiving and then suddenly Christmas has crept right up, and we’re now only 11 days away. My brothers and cousins will all slowly be arriving a week from today. This means that the holiday cocktail prep and planning on my end is in full force.

I now have many cocktail recipes in my back pocket. But when it comes to Christmas drinks I really like to share some new and exciting ones with the family over the holiday. Last week it was this The Spicy Sweet Grinch Cocktail and this week it’s all about party punch. It’s simple, it’s easy, extra festive, and so delicious.

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Here are the details.

With friends and family in town, everyone needs a good party punch they can make ahead and then have guests serve themselves throughout the night. Enter my sparkling Christmas party punch. It’s basically sangria, but all done up for Christmas.

Here is how this goes. I like to use a dry white wine, such as Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. Add the wine, sweet pomegranate juice, vodka, a splash of orange liquor, fresh grapefruit slices, pomegranate arils, and cinnamon sticks to a large pitcher. Then chill in the fridge until ready to serve…

But just before serving I like to add one last ingredient. Can you guess?

Yes, it’s ginger beer. I know, surprise, surprise. I am maybe just a little bit obsessed, but in my opinion, ginger beer makes everything better. It adds both sweetness and spice, and well, I find it delicious. The key is to add the ginger beer only just before serving so that it doesn’t lose any of its bubbly fizz.

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To make these extra festive…

Rim each glass in cinnamon sugar. I always find this to be a sweet and pretty touch for holiday cocktails. It’s all about those little details. Especially during the holiday season.

This Christmas party punch is both refreshing and warming, perfect for the snowiest December nights…

Complete with my favorite holiday candles, family, and friends. OK and maybe a cozy fire too. ENJOY!

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Sparkling Christmas Party Punch.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories Per Serving: 214 kcal

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Ingredients

  • 1 (750ml) bottle dry white wine
  • 1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1 cup St. Germain (elderflower liquor)
  • 2 (12 ounce) ginger beersplus more for topping, if desired
  • 2 grapefruits or blood oranges, sliced
  • arils from 1 pomegranate, plus more for serving
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • cinnamon sugar for the rims of your glasses (optional)

Instructions

  • 1. In a large pitcher, combine the wine, pomegranate juice, vodka, St. Germain, grapefruit or oranges, pomegranate arils, and cinnamon sticks. Stir. Transfer to the fridge and chill for up to 1 day.
    2. Rim your glasses with cinnamon sugar, if desired
    3. Just before serving, add the ginger beer. Fill each glass with ice and pour the punch over top. Garnish with pomegranate arils. Be Merry!!

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  1. Am excited to try this! In the background, you said that you use orange liquor but in the recipe, you say elderflower liquor. I assume it would be good both ways – do you have a preference? I have orange liquor on hand, so I may lean a bit toward trying it that way.

    Thanks!

  2. Hello,
    This looks delicious!
    I was just wondering if it would have the same effect if you swapped the elderflower liquor out for a non alcoholic elderflower syrup…
    Love all of your recipes!
    Thanks 😊

    1. Hey Sage,
      Yes, I would think that would be great! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! Happy Holidays! xTieghan

  3. Hi Tieghan! Are there any other types of liquor that you think would be a good substitute if someone doesn’t want vodka? And do you think orange liquor would work well instead of the elderflower liquor? Thanks!

    1. Hey Kelli,
      So sorry I don’t. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions. Happy Holidays! xTieghan

  4. 5 stars
    Made this for Sunday lunch upon arrival and it was a huge hit! Family members went for a 2nd and perhaps a 3rd top up, shhhh don’t tell anyone, it’s Christmas ha! It was the perfect mix of Christmasy comfort and a light apéritif to set the tone for the afternoon! Thank you so much and I can’t wait to make more of your delicious recipes. Happy Holidays.

    1. Hey Kendraa,
      Yes, sparkling water will work. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! Happy Holidays! xTieghan

  5. I made this for a Christmas party and it was excellent! I used ruby red grapefruits. It was beautiful and enjoyed by everyone! Keep coming up with these excellent cocktails! I haven’t found one I didn’t love!!

  6. 5 stars
    This is so yummy. I made it for my Christmas Book Club Party where we read your book and made recipes from it and now I’m making it for our NYE shindig!

  7. 5 stars
    Made this punch for Christmas. It was a huge hit.
    Definitely put the cinnamon and sugar on the rims
    Of the glasses. It took the punch over the top.

  8. This punch looks delicious. Thoughts on making it without the alcohol for those that can’t drink this holiday season? I’m wondering if it will be just as good with sparkling water as a substitute for the alcohol??

    1. HI! I would just use an equal amount of sparkling water or sparkling juice in place of all the alcohol. I am sure that will be delicious! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you and happy holidays! xTieghan

  9. 5 stars
    Made the Sparkling Christmas punch for our Christmas Get together. Everyone loved it. And it was a beautiful presentation.

  10. Hi there! I love your recipes!! I just printed this one out and it says ! cup Cointreau, but your site says elderflower liquor. I’m just wondering which one it is? Thank you!

    1. Hey Carrie! So sorry for the mix up. I prefer to use Elderflower liquor. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you and happy holidays! xTieghan

  11. This looks amazing, my question is regarding the sliced grapefruit, is that supposed to read sliced oranges?

    1. Hi Sarah, you can use blood oranges, oranges, or grapefruit. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you and happy holidays! xTieghan

  12. The ingredients list includes “2 grapefruits, sliced” but the directions mention adding orange slices. Should the sliced grapefruits actually be oranges? Will be trying this for Christmas. (With oranges!)

    1. Hey Patty, you can use blood oranges, oranges, or grapefruit. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you and happy holidays! xTieghan

  13. The list of ingredients calls for 2 grapefruits but the directions say oranges. Which is it? Also, you say to garnish with oranges and the arils but also to put them in the pitcher at the beginning. It’s very confusing. Are we to reserve some for garnish or do both go in the pitcher and add more for garnish? Thanks!

    1. Hey Ann, I revised the recipe to match the photos. You can do this any way, but it all reads correctly now. You can use blood oranges, oranges, or grapefruit. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you and happy holidays! xTieghan