Whether you celebrate in a large group or as a small family unit, Christmas morning is one the best mornings of the year. We spend it snuggled with our favorite people while the kids play with their presents and *hopefully* snow falls outside. No matter who you celebrate with or where you’re celebrating, one of the elements of the day that’s a must-have is a good Christmas punch.
If your Christmas punch is supposed to be served hot, then you really should invest in a hot beverage dispenser like this. Yes, you can keep most of these recipes warm in a crockpot, but the beverage dispenser will make your life a ton easier. Not only does it reduce spills, but it will keep things nice and toasty. If you live in a warmer climate and opt for a cold punch, then a dispenser like this will make drink dispensing a breeze. Now that you’ve got your dispensers at the ready, it’s time to get down to the recipes.
Christmas Morning Punch 01: Cold Citrus Punch
This punch is quick to pull together. It’s sweet without being too sweet to drink with breakfast and the bright citrus notes help lift the flavors. It can also be *adults only* with the addition of some Raspberry vodka, or you can leave it out and have it be family-friendly.
Christmas Morning Citrus Punch
- 2 C. orange juice
- 2 C. cranberry juice
- 1 C. pineapple juice
- 1 C. ginger ale
- 4 oz. Raspberry Vodka *if desired
- Mix all ingredients together in your punch bowl or drink dispenser and serve!
Christmas Morning Punch 02: Pomegranate Christmas Punch
Tart and sparkling, this punch can be made ahead of time (it’s better if you do!) It can also be made with alcohol or non-alcoholic depending on your group.
Pomegranate Christmas Punch
- 8 oz. pomegranate seeds
- 2 oranges
- 1 C. orange juice
- 16 oz. pomegranate juice
- 16 oz. 100% cranberry juice
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 20 oz. Lemon-lime soda (you can sub this out for 20 oz. Prosecco sparkling wine if desired)
- Start by slicing the oranges into halves, and then into thin slices. Then combine the orange slices, pomegranate seeds, pomegranate juice, orange juice, and vanilla together. Mix well and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
- When you're ready to serve, add the soda or sparkling wine and give a gentle stir. Enjoy!
Christmas Morning Punch 03: Mulled Wine
There’s a reason this one’s a classic. It’s sure to warm your house, your toes, and make everything else smell divine. This one is just for the grown-ups though!
- 1 bottle red wine
- 1 orange sliced into thin rounds
- 6 whole cloves
- 3 cinnamon sticks plus more for garnish
- 3 star anise
- ¼ c. honey
- ½ c. brandy
- Combine all the ingredients into a large pot and heat over medium heat until you reach a gentle simmer. Then reduce the heat to medium-low and allow to simmer for about ten minutes. Serve warm with cinnamon sticks and more orange slices if desired.
Christmas Morning Punch 04: Classic Egg Nog Punch
Just because there’s ice cream in here doesn’t mean you can’t have it with breakfast, right? On Christmas morning I think it’s okay to make an exception. This punch has subtle egg nog flavors without being too “in your face” about it.
- 1 gallon vanilla ice cream
- ½ gallon eggnog
- 1 tsp. ground nutmeg
- ½ tsp. cinnamon
- 16 oz frozen whipped topping
- Begin by scooping the ice cream into your punch bowl. Then pour the eggnog over the ice cream before sprinkling with nutmeg and cinnamon. Stir in the whipped topping and serve!
Christmas Morning Punch Recipe 05: Wassail
You can’t do Christmas without Wassail. I remember the first time I had a sip at a friend’s house when I was a kid. It warmed me from the inside out and was cemented as one of the best drinks I’ve ever had.
- slow cooker
- 1 gallon Apple Cider
- 4 c. orange juice
- 4 hibiscus tea bags
- 10 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tsp. whole cloves
- 1 Tbsp. juniper berries
- 1 1/2 inch fresh ginger cut into slices
- 1 apple sliced into rounds
- 1 orange sliced into rounds
- Mix all the ingredients together in your slow cooker and cook on high for 3-4 hours. The wassail should be darker in color and the fruit should be soft. Remove the tea bags and serve piping hot!
Hopefully, these help you celebrate with the ones you love. So whether you’re curling up with a warm beverage or a cold refreshing one, happy holidays!