Holiday Red Cranberry Punch

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Festive Holiday Red Cranberry Punch recipe is a delicious fruity punch to serve at any party.  The frozen cranberries and deep, rich red color make it perfect for Christmas!

Festive Holiday Red Cranberry Punch recipe is a delicious fruity punch to serve at any party.  The frozen cranberries and deep, rich red color make it perfect for Christmas!

Someone pinch me – is Christmas really just in a few weeks?!  I am just in shock that the season is here already (and that my Christmas tree isn’t even up yet).  Normally, it would have been up for over a month by now.  Time is really getting away from me over here!  In fact, I had the tree up before Halloween a couple of years ago.  That made a great first impression with the neighbors who brought their kids trick-or-treating at our house as we had just moved in one month prior.  The struggle is real!

I wanted to get this Holiday Red Cranberry Punch out there for you so you can include it when making your food and drink list for your Christmas festivities…whether you make it way ahead of time or the day before Christmas.  The fizz from the ginger ale makes this fruity punch a hit at any party!  This festive red punch is definitely suitable for all ages and easy to put together ahead of time so you can be ahead of the game when planning your gatherings.  The rosy color makes it so pretty on your Christmas table.

Christmas sweet Red Cranberry Punch recipe is a delicious fruity punch to serve at any party.  The frozen cranberries and deep, rich red color make it perfect for the holidays!

It’s easy and convenient because you can prepare the base of this slushy punch ahead of time.  Everyone commented on how good it was and several even requested the recipe – it is always a winner!  You can even change the gelatin color/flavor to suit the occasion and your taste (I know some people don’t like cherry).

You can half this recipe for a small party!  I find that even with a smaller group, the punch tends to go FAST so I always like to have extra to refill the punch bowl once or twice.  If you’re feeling really crazy, you should make my Grinch punch and have a green punch and a red punch next to each other.  That would be a great idea.  Just saying…

Note: you can even substitute vodka for some of the cold water for an adult occasion.  You didn’t hear that from me.

Christmas Red Cranberry Punch recipe is an icy punch perfect for any holiday party.

Holiday Red Cranberry Punch
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Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Serves: 30-35 servings
 
Holiday Red Cranberry Punch recipe is a delicious fruity punch to serve at any party. The frozen cranberries and deep, rich red color make it perfect for Christmas!
Ingredients
  • 1 package (6 ounces) strawberry or cherry gelatin
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 can (46 fluid ounces) canned Pineapple Juice
  • ½ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 6 cups cold water
  • 2 liters ginger ale, chilled
  • cranberries and lemon/lime wedges, for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a 4-qt. freezer-proof container, dissolve gelatin and sugar in boiling water.
  2. Stir in pineapple juice, lemon juice and cold water. Cover and freeze overnight.
  3. Also freeze 2 big handfuls of cranberries so they will help keep the punch cold once you add to the punch when serving.
  4. Remove from the freezer 2 hours before serving.
  5. Place in a punch bowl; stir in ginger ale just before serving.
  6. Garnish with the frozen cranberries and lime/lemon wedges.
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Author:Ashley

These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, Broadway musicals, cruises, Disney World, Christmas, thunderstorms, 80's and country music, and my favorite pastime has ALWAYS been baseball. Go Yankees!

11 Responses to “Holiday Red Cranberry Punch”

  1. December 4, 2015 at 1:05 AM #

    Love the gorgeous red color. What a great punch for the holidays. 🙂 Can’t wait to give this a try.

  2. December 4, 2015 at 4:34 AM #

    I get what you´re saying, my tree isn´t up yet either (although we celebrate Christmas here until after Three Kings Day on the 6th of Jan, this is the day when the Spanish share their gifts) but seriously Christmas came very quick this ear! I love anything cranberries, and love the idea of making punch with it 🙂

  3. December 4, 2015 at 5:41 AM #

    Haha – sounds like that Halloween you tricked AND treated your neighbors! 🙂
    BTW – Ashley – this punch not only sounds delicious but it looks stunning!

  4. December 4, 2015 at 7:44 AM #

    This punch sounds amazing and it looks gorgeous!

  5. December 4, 2015 at 10:19 AM #

    Love the vibrant red hue in your punch! I’d be the lady that fills my cup at least 5 times so you’d have to refill the punch bowl for me. 🙂

  6. December 4, 2015 at 1:27 PM #

    The perfect Christmas punch – so vibrant and gorgeous!

  7. December 4, 2015 at 8:30 PM #

    This is beautiful! I love cranberries in any form, and this is just so perfectly festive for the holidays.

  8. December 5, 2015 at 4:13 PM #

    I can’t help but smile when I saw that big punch bowl with all those floating cranberries on top. It’s so festive!!!

  9. December 5, 2015 at 10:01 PM #

    This big bowl of gorgeous bunch screams “let’s party”, holiday-style! So festive and vibrant!

  10. December 6, 2015 at 7:37 AM #

    What a gorgeous punch – and adding the gelatin is such a great idea!!

  11. December 7, 2015 at 4:15 PM #

    I know right! I can’t believe that Christmas is like literally knocking on our doors! We haven’t even gotten a tree yet. I’m wondering if we should just use our litte 3 foot tree this year. Ok so I LOVE the punch! Beautiful color and perfect for any holiday party this year!

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