This Thanksgiving Punch made with apple cider, whiskey, fruit juice, brandy, and soda packs the delicious flavors of fall and winter in one delicious holiday drink recipe!
If you’re looking for something non-alcoholic to serve the kids, simply keep the whiskey on the side or make my Crockpot Apple Cider and omit the rum! My Slow Cooker Wassail and Cranberry Apple Cider Punch recipes are also great recipes to try!
Thanksgiving Punch is the drink you never knew you needed when it comes to being around family! Just kidding (sort of). But let’s face it, a cup or two of the good stuff helps the conversation and the good times roll!
When it comes to Thanksgiving Recipes, it’s easy to overlook beverages. But there’s no reason Thanksgiving drinks can’t be a “thing”! And a big bowl of homemade punch is the perfect way to help fill out the feast table. And tastes delicious alongside a slice of Pumpkin Pie!
This punch has now become a Thanksgiving tradition for my family. I first made it last year (2019) and it was a HUGE hit. I will now make it every year. Thank you!
Needless to say, this Thanksgiving Punch recipe is a tasty signature drink to prepare if you’re hosting the big meal. It’s full of winter and fall flavors, plus some cinnamon spice that really packs a punch … get it?!
Thanksgiving Punch Ingredients:
Fireball Whiskey and Apricot brandy spike this punch, then apple cider, orange juice, cranberry juice, and lemon-lime soda make it extra fruity and a little sparkly!
For a non-alcoholic Thanksgiving Punch, try this Autumn Punch recipe!
How To Make Thanksgiving Punch:
Step 1: For the best flavor, combine all of the ingredients except for the soda and ice in a large pitcher or punch bowl.
Step 2: Refrigerate for several hours (or more).
Step 3: Add the soda and ice just before serving so it’s fresh! Or serve over ice so the punch doesn’t get diluted while sitting in the bowl!
And don’t forget about the presentation! Go all out with a pretty punch bowl (this is the one I have) or dispenser, festive cups, and holiday-themed straws. And garnish with Candied Citrus, fresh cranberries, and cinnamon sticks!
If you really want to up the “WOW” factor, a few floating citrus slices look beautiful in a clear server.
And have some fun with garnishes: drink picks, candied orange slices, and cranberries always make drinks look extra fancy!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Make This Non-Alcoholic?
Obviously, this Thanksgiving Alcoholic Punch isn’t for the kiddos, but they don’t have to be left out. Just make another batch without the hard stuff, and it’ll be (almost) as good! Just add extra soda or ginger ale for them. You could also make a batch of Kinder Punch!
Can I Make This In Advance?
You can combine all of the ingredients except for the soda and ice in a large punch bowl or pitcher and refrigerate overnight. This will let the flavors really build, then add soda and ice just before serving.
What Do People Usually Drink At Thanksgiving Dinner?
I’m guessing most people sit down at the table with a glass of their favorite wine, soda, or water. But I think that a signature drink or punch can really make the holidays extra special. Something unique and tasty that everyone gets to look forward to once a year, and this punch is just that for my family!
What If I Can’t Find Apricot Brandy?
You can use any brandy you want. A plain brandy would be fine but I really love what the fruit-flavored ones bring to the recipe – try apple or ginger or blackberry.
If Sparkling Thanksgiving Punch is a hit on Thanksgiving, make it for Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year, too! The cozy notes of apple, cranberry, and cinnamon make it perfect to enjoy all season long.
Beer and wine are good for gatherings, but when it comes to celebrations, something special is in order! Thanksgiving Punch is the perfect cocktail to enjoy with friends and family this holiday season, and it’s always a hit.
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- apple slices
- orange slices
- cinnamon sticks
- Immediate Serving: Combine all ingredients in a large punch bowl or pitcher.
- For A Stronger Flavor: Combine all ingredients except for the soda and ice in a large punch bowl or pitcher and refrigerate overnight. Add soda and ice just before serving.
- If you do not have apricot brandy, another fruit brandy like apple or blackberry could be used.
- Make sure to use 100% cranberry juice and not cocktail juice.
- Club soda can be used in place of lemon-lime soda for a less sweet punch.