Icy Holiday Punch Recipe
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Icy Holiday Punch Recipe

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Pull out the punchbowl for this rosy thirst-quencher that dazzles at Christmas parties. This fun prep-ahead beverage makes any occasion a bit more special. It's delicious with apricot gelatin, too. —Margaret Matson, Metamora, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + freezing
MAKES:30 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + freezing
MAKES: 30 servings


  • 1 package (6 ounces) cherry gelatin
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 can (46 ounces) unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 6 cups cold water
  • 2 liters ginger ale, chilled

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 89 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 19mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a 4-qt. freezer-proof container, dissolve gelatin and sugar in boiling water. Stir in pineapple juice and cold water. Cover and freeze overnight. Remove 2 hours before serving. Place in a punch bowl; stir in ginger ale just before serving. Yield: 30 servings (about 5-3/4 quarts).
Originally published as Icy Holiday Punch in Taste of Home December/January 1999, p33

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jetluvs2cook User ID: 1675049 260819
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2017

"Very festive drink! Always at our family Christmas meal!! Like others said, make sure to allow enough time for it to thaw!"

Kirra User ID: 8974931 257264
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2016

"The icy, frothiness of the drink is fun. But it is quite sweet. I think it is too sweet, at least for grownups. I would only make it for kids (at least without modifying it to make it less sweet.) I'm surprised that so many adults say they love it."

youthought User ID: 5262410 245321
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2016

"I have made this many times as is ,and it is everyone's favorite drink at our birthday parties :) it's also very easy to make !"

drufen User ID: 3633882 24814
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2014

"Made this for three events over the holidays. Everyone loved it. Simple to make and very tasty. If you freeze for longer than overnight, allow more than two hours to thaw. This recipe is a keeper and I will use again often."

BizzerBoo User ID: 5182554 19296
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2013

"This is a GREAT holiday punch...and so easy to make! Have made it at our campground Holiday dinners for two years now, and it's a big hit! Everyone loves it!"

4theloveofit User ID: 7224493 31767
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2013

"This was a hit at my sons pool party! It was a nice cool treat to drink on a hot day. I didn't change a thing and it was just right."

3samoyed User ID: 1096604 69610
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2013

"I have been making this recipe for years-it is always a hit. I omit the sugar and use 3 c. cold water and 3 cups of a red juice instead of 6 cups water. Much better. This recipe is so versatile. In the fall I use orange jello and 3 cups cold water and 3 cups orange juice. In the spring I use a 3 oz. pkg. of lemon jello and a 3 oz. pkg. of lime jello along with 2 cups water, 2 cups lemonade, and 2 cups limeade. I get many many requests for the recipe."

poohbear67 User ID: 6064811 50316
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2013

"Punch was great. Everyone loved it including myself. I was sceptical because I dont like anything cherry but was very suprised. I am making it again for a 70th birthday party."

AmyE007 User ID: 6828226 19295
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2012 Edited Apr. 4, 2016

"Made this on Christmas and my whole family loved this punch. I froze the mixture in a gallon ice cream bucket and this made it an easy shape to dump into a punch bowl. I would recommend (especially in cold areas like mine - Minnesota) to take the mixture out of the freezer sooner than 2-3 hours before as it was still a frozen brick when I went to serve it 2.5 hours after removing from the freezer. I definately have added this very delicous recipe to my permanent recipe box."

kshea User ID: 2698812 66925
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2012

"This is the BEST Christmas punch. Everyone can't get enough. Just make sure you disolve the gelatin COMPLETELY in the hot water. I usually dissolve it on the stove as the water is boiling. Also, we use 7-UP."

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