Festive Drink: Holiday Punch Recipe


The funnest part of Christmas dinner is making things you wouldn't normally eat. Holidays are times to go gourmet. In the first three posts in this five-part series, we shared fabulous recipes for Goat Cheese Pops Rolled in Pecans, Herbs, and Bacon. Next, we continued our goat cheese theme with Goat Cheese and Sage Mashed Potatoes. Then, we added in something a little bit more traditional, a Prime Rib Roast. And finally, we chatted sweet treats with these simple, but delicious chocolate and vanilla cupcakes.

But no dinner is complete without a drink to wash it down. And as long as we're going gourmet, why not go all out for the drinks.

Growing up, my mom always got creative with punch. She had a huge punch bowl and lots of fancy glasses to go with it. She set it on a table all by itself, creating a punch station of sorts. If she set it out before the meal, we'd wouldn't eat our meal. We would drink so much we'd feel full.

She started a legacy of fun dinner drinks, with the most fun of all being this slushy variety, which is also one of my favorites. Try it! Whether you put your punch in fancy glasses or mason jars, I promise it doesn't disappoint.

Holiday Punch Recipe


  • 20 C (5 qts) water
  • 3 C sugar
  • 1 12 oz. frozen orange juice
  • 1 12ox. frozen lemonade
  • 2 Tablespoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons almond extract
  • Sprite, Ginger Ale or 7 Up (1 gal of slush to 3 1/2 litres of soda)


  1. Mix together all of the ingredients in a large punch bowl.
  2. Place the bowl in the freezer for a few hours until the mixture becomes frozen.
  3. Remove the bowl from the freezer and allow 20 minutes to slightly thaw.
  4. Add the Sprite, Ginger Ale, or 7 Up and stir to combine before serving.

Check out all the delicious holiday dinner meal ideas in these posts:


What is your favorite holiday beverage?

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11 responses to “Festive Drink: Holiday Punch Recipe”

  1. Simply Tia says:

    I will definitely be bookmarking and making this!!

  2. chi chi says:

    Hi there-

    I want to make this for my upcoming baby shower and I have just a couple questions (pardon my pregnancy brain)

    Do all the ingredients (not including the soda) equal one gallon? In other words for the above mentioned quantity (single batch), we would add 3 1/2 liters of soda?

    Lastly, we freeze just the slush then add the soda in the thawing process right?

  3. Brooke Johnson says:

    Hi! The contents will fill one large punch bowl – I am not sure how much it actually equals to but I am going to say it will probably be a gallon +. And yes, freeze the contents and then after thawing for 20 minutes add the soda. Let us know how it goes! Thanks for visiting our site.

  4. krisell says:

    By vanilla do you mean extract or vanilla beans?

  5. Brooke Johnson says:

    Hi Krisell, I believe it is vanilla extract. Good luck! Happy Holidays.

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  11. Can’t wait to try this one for the holiday season.

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