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Looking for a delicious non-alcoholic punch recipe to make for the holidays? This sparkling Cranberry Ginger Ale punch is easy to make for a crowd and perfect for all your Thanksgiving and Christmas parties. Loved by kids & adults alike, it's equally delicious when kept non alcoholic as it is spiked with a hint of vodka, gin or bourbon.
Not a fan of ginger? Try the Sober Santa Christmas Punch instead - without alcohol, but loads of cranberry grapefruit flavor, and a salted rim for that party touch.
It's been a while since we've had a mocktail recipe on the blog! And what's a more appropriate time than going into the Holiday season? Because while I love a sparkly Cranberry Champagne Cocktail, a bitter Clementine Campari and a spicy Christmas Sangria as much as the next girl - I love to have delicious non-alcoholic options on hand for those times you just don't feel like alcohol. Or when you're throwing a holiday party! With drivers, pregnancies and people just staying off the booze a non-alcoholic alternative to your boozy party punch is a must!
This cranberry punch version takes two of the best fall flavors - cranberry & ginger - and mixes them together into a delicious, sparkling holiday punch that looks fancy but is so easy to make.
Why this recipe works
- Sparkle from the ginger ale - just because you're not having alcohol does not mean you should miss out on the sparkle!
- A spicy kick from the ginger juice - giving it a more grown-up taste than when if making it with ginger ale alone
- Slight bitterness from the cranberry
- Frozen berries instead of ice cubes ensures your drink is not watered down by ice, while making it look oh so pretty
- Just the right amount of sweetness - because a mocktail really doesn't have to be super sweet
How to make Cranberry Ginger Ale Punch
Making Cranberry Ginger Ale Punch is super easy! No prep needed really - unless you want to make your ginger juice by yourself. Because then well, go ahead and make it.
Otherwise, start by bringing out a champagne flute. Add in the frozen cranberries or lingon berries or whatever frozen berries you have on hand. Then follow with ginger juice, cranberry juice and top it all off with ginger ale.
And that's it!
- Frozen berries instead of ice cubes is a great way to chill your drink without watering it down. Cranberries and lingon berries are perfect for this mocktail since they don't alter the flavor, but blueberries or even frozen grapes would work as well. I'd suggest staying away from raspberries and strawberries as they tend to give off a bit more taste.
- Make ahead for a crowd by mixing the ginger juice and cranberry juice - in a punch bowl, large pitcher or straight in the champagne flutes - and then topping with ginger ale just before serving.
- Make your own ginger juice for an extra delicious mocktail. If you have a juicer this is really a piece of cake!
- Mix it up using different ginger ales or switching it for ginger beer. I used the classic Schweppes Ginger Ale* for this recipe - which is a pretty sweet one, so you can easily make it less sweet by switching out the brand.
- Booze optional - add a dash of gin, bourbon, vodka or rum. Or whatever else you feel like. Or serve it non-alcoholic with an optional shot on the side to pour in for those guests who prefer it that way.
Nice things to to have for making Cranberry Ginger Ale Punch
To make this punch you really don't need anything but some kind of glass & something to measure with (or just wing it even!). But if you are looking to step up your mocktail game then I've put together a few things below that can help you on your journey - and you can shop them all without even getting off the couch.The links in the collage below are Amazon affiliate links which means that if you buy something through one of my links I receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you).
Frequently asked questions
Can I add alcohol?
You can definitely add some alcohol and make this into a Cranberry Ginger Ale Cocktail instead! I'd go for gin, to add to that foresty taste, or bourbon, because I love bourbon. But you could also go for vodka, rum or something more exotic like cachaca. Or even champagne!
I'd stay away from heavily flavored spirits though, such as fernet - it will just take over and you wont be able to taste the ginger or cranberry.
Can I prep this punch ahead of time?
Yes, this punch is perfect to prep ahead! Just mix your ginger juice and cranberry juice in the champagne flutes or a drink dispenser*, punch bowl* or large pitcher*, and then top up with ginger ale straight in the glasses just before serving.
What ginger juice should I use?
You can make your own ginger juice, or buy it premade. Take care though how much ginger is actually in there. If it is not 100% ginger you will get less spice and might want to add a bit more.
What cranberry juice should I use?
I use Ocean Spray cranberry juice (unsweetened), but most brands will work for this recipe.
What ginger ale should I use?
I used Schweppes Ginger Ale to create this recipe, which is a pretty sweet ginger ale. For a less sweet mocktail, choose a ginger ale with less sweetness.
How do you feel about mocktails? Will you keep this one non-alcoholic or add a dash of booze - and if so, what kind? Let me know in the comments below! And while you're there... why not leave a rating as well and let me know how I'm doing? It would make my day!
Now enjoy the start of your Holiday season!
- frozen cranberries or lingonberries optional
- 3 cl ginger juice
- 10 cl cranberry juice
- 5 cl ginger ale
- Place your frozen cranberries or lingonberries in a champagne flute. Pour over the ginger juice, cranberry juice and ginger ale. Serve immediately!
Frequently asked questions
Can I add alcohol?Absolutely! Try gin to build on the foresty flavor of the cranberries or go for bourbon, vodka, rum or something more exotic like cachaca. Or even champagne! I'd stay away from heavily flavored spirits though, such as fernet - it will just take over and you wont be able to taste the ginger or cranberry.
Can I prep this punch ahead of time?Yes, this punch is perfect to prep ahead! Just mix your ginger juice and cranberry juice in the champagne flutes, a punch bowl or a large pitcher and then top up with ginger ale straight in the glasses just before serving.
What ginger juice should I use?You can make your own ginger juice, or buy it premade. Take care though how much ginger is actually in there. If it is not 100% ginger it will give less spice - so then you might want to use more, depending on your taste.
What cranberry juice should I use?I use Ocean Spray cranberry juice, but most brands will work for this recipe.
What ginger ale should I use?I used Schweppes Ginger Ale to create this recipe, which is a pretty sweet ginger ale. For a less sweet mocktail, choose a ginger ale with less sweetness.
Nutritional information is approximate and automatically calculated, and should only be viewed as an indication.