Thanksgiving Punch

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Looking for a drink that’s sure to be a hit at any gathering this fall? We’ve got you covered with our fruit-filled alcohol free Thanksgiving punch! 

Suitable for gluten free, vegan and vegetarian diets. Post includes Weight Watchers points.

Thanksgiving punch in a pitcher.

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This holiday season, you must try out our fabulous family-friendly punch! It’s got red and green apples, tart cranberries, and sweet oranges, all combined with apple cider, ginger ale, and cinnamon sticks. Trust me, Thanksgiving punch has never tasted (or smelled) so amazing!

Holidays are all about creating those special memories, and this punch will be one carried down for generations! Your taste buds are going to love the fruit paired with the aromatic spices in the cider.

And do you want to know the best part? Our punch is non-alcoholic, making it perfect for kids of all ages to enjoy the festive flavors. But hey, if you want to add a little something extra to your cup, go ahead!

A mocktail in a pitcher.

This non alcoholic Thanksgiving punch recipe is super easy to make. All you need to do is just slice, spice, pour, and chill. And if you need some easy holiday recipes, be sure to check out my must-make Thanksgiving casseroles!

Why Make This Recipe

  • Fun for everyone – This Thanksgiving mocktail is virgin, so everyone can enjoy it! 
  • Delicious fall flavors – From cranberries and oranges to pumpkin spice and ginger ale, this beverage brings together all the fall flavors. 
  • Simple to make – Slice some fruit, pour in some drinks, drop in some spices and you’ve got a fresh holiday spritzer (non-alcoholic of course). 

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Ingredient Notes

  • Red apples – Crisp and sweet apple slices add a fruity flavor to the punch. They also display a vibrant red color, perfect for the festive season.
  • Green apples – Green apples are a tart ingredient that plays well with the sweetness of red apples. They add a refreshing taste and lend a nice contrast in color to the red apples.
  • Oranges – Orange slices bring a burst of citrusy flavor and bright acidity to the mocktail. They also supply a natural sweetness and fresh aroma.
  • Cranberries – With their vibrant red colors, fresh cranberries bring tart and tang along with beauty to this Thanksgiving beverage.
  • Pumpkin spice – A blend of cloves, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg, pumpkin spice infuses the punch with a cozy, seasonal medley of warm and spicy accents. (Who’s ready for pumpkin spice season?)
  • Cinnamon sticks – Cinnamon sticks bring a luxurious, earthy scent and a cozy, zesty taste to the punch. Additionally, they serve as an ornamental touch, complementing the cranberries beautifully.
  • Apple cider – Apple cider makes up the drink’s base, providing a sweet and tangy flavor. Its depth and richness bring together all the fruity elements.
  • Ginger ale – Ginger ale brings the bubbly along with a hint of spicy ginger flavor. It lightens the drink and adds a fizziness, making it refreshingly perfect for holiday festivities.
Ingredients for a punch for Thanksgiving.

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How To Make This Recipe

Get complete ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card further below.

Spices being poured over fruit.

Step 1. Layer sliced apples, oranges, cranberries, pumpkin spice, and cinnamon sticks in a large pitcher. 

Ginger ale being poured into a pitcher.

Step 2. Pour the apple cider and ginger ale over the fruits and stir with a wooden spoon to combine.

Punch in a large pitcher.

Step 3. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

Thanksgiving punch in a pitcher.

Step 4. Add ice cubes to the pitcher just before serving. Pour into individual glasses. 

Expert Tips

  • Achieve the perfect blend of sweet and tart by adjusting the ratios of apple cider, cranberry, and citrus juices to suit your taste.
  • Elevate presentation by garnishing glasses with cinnamon-sugar rims or a sprinkle of ground nutmeg. A cinnamon stick stirrer adds both flair and flavor.
  • To avoid diluting the punch as the ice melts, consider freezing apple cider or cranberry juice into ice cubes ahead of time. These cubes will keep the punch cold while maintaining the flavor.
  • Get creative with additional ingredients such as pomegranate seeds, pear slices, or a splash of sparkling wine for a twist on traditional Thanksgiving punch.
A non-alcoholic drink in a pitcher.

Delicious Variations 

  • Autumn Harvest Punch – Incorporate seasonal fruits like pears, persimmons, and figs for a more diverse flavor profile. Infuse the punch with a hint of maple syrup or honey for a subtle sweetness.
  • Sparkling Pomegranate Punch – Replace ginger ale with sparkling water for a lighter, bubbly version. Add pomegranate juice and seeds for a burst of tangy sweetness and a festive ruby-red hue.
  • Ginger Spice Punch – Intensify the ginger flavor by using ginger beer instead of ginger ale. Add fresh grated ginger and a splash of lemon juice for a zesty kick.
A drink being poured into a glass with fruit.

Prep And Storage

  • Prep Ahead – You can prep the fruit slices and the cider 1-2 days ahead of time, but don’t add the ginger ale until you are ready to serve. 
  • Store – Once it’s been mixed, the punch is best served that day, but will still taste good the next. It just won’t be carbonated anymore.
  • Freeze – To prevent dilution while keeping the punch chilled, consider freezing some of the punch mixture into ice cubes or ice molds. These can be added to the punch bowl just before serving. Alternatively, freeze fruit slices or berries in ice cube trays with water or juice to create decorative and flavorful ice cubes.
A non alcoholic drink in glasses.

FAQs 

Can I add alcohol to my punch?

Yes, you can use a variety of alcohols in a punch, including rum, vodka, bourbon, gin, tequila, or champagne.

Choose an alcohol that complements the flavors of the other ingredients in your punch.

How can I personalize the flavors of my punch?

Experiment with different fruit juices, spices, and garnishes to create a holiday punch that suits your taste buds.

How can I make sure my punch stays cold without getting watered down?

If you make your punch ahead of time, you should store it in the fridge without ice.

When serving, to keep your punch cold without diluting it, consider using large ice cubes or frozen fruit slices. You can also freeze some of the punch mixture into ice cubes to add flavor while keeping the punch chilled.

What is the most popular drink on Thanksgiving?

Apple cider is typically the most popular drink on Thanksgiving. This warm, spiced beverage embodies fall flavors and is a favorite at holiday gatherings.

Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions are popular, with variations like mulled cider, spiced cider, and hard cider.

View of punch in a jar and glasses showing the fruit.

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Weight Watchers Points

There are 5 Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.

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Thanksgiving Punch (non alcoholic)

The flavors of fall come together in this chilled Thanksgiving punch. Family friendly and beautiful to serve, you won’t go wrong with this recipe!
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American, Western
Diet: Gluten Free
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 196kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

  • 2 red apples sliced
  • 2 green apples sliced
  • 2 oranges sliced
  • 1 ½ cup (160g) cranberries
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 cups (1000 ml) apple cider
  • 1 ¾ cups (400 ml) ginger ale

Instructions

  • Layer sliced apples, oranges, cranberries, pumpkin spice and cinnamon sticks in a large pitcher.
  • Pour the apple cider and ginger ale over the fruits and stir with a wooden spoon to combine.
  • Chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  • Add ice cubes to the pitcher just before serving.
  • Pour into individual glasses.
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Notes

  • Achieve the perfect blend of sweet and tart by adjusting the ratios of apple cider, cranberry, and citrus juices to suit your taste.
  • Elevate presentation by garnishing glasses with cinnamon-sugar rims or a sprinkle of ground nutmeg. A cinnamon stick stirrer adds both flair and flavor.
  • To avoid diluting the punch as ice melts, consider freezing apple cider or cranberry juice into ice cubes ahead of time. These cubes will keep the punch cold while maintaining its flavor.
  • Get creative with additional ingredients such as pomegranate seeds, pear slices, or a splash of sparkling wine for a unique twist on traditional Thanksgiving punch.
  • There are 5 Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.

Nutrition

Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 397mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 186IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1mg

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