Christmas Cranberry Punch

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + freezing


16 servings (3/4 cup each)

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
Every year my grandma made her zingy punch for our Christmas Eve feast. —Helen Roland, Miami, Florida
Christmas Cranberry Punch Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 liter ginger ale, chilled
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 2 cups unsweetened pineapple juice, chilled
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • Optional: Mint leaves and additional fresh or frozen cranberries


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the first 5 ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 4-6 minutes or until cranberries are softened. Remove from heat; cool slightly. Transfer to a blender; process until smooth. If desired, strain through a fine-mesh strainer. Pour into a 6-cup ring mold. Freeze until solid.
  2. Just before serving, wrap bottom of mold in a hot damp dishcloth; invert onto a baking sheet and lift off mold. Place ice ring in punch bowl. Gently stir in ginger ale, cold water, pineapple juice and lemon juice. If desired, serve with mint leaves and additional cranberries.
Sugared Cranberries
Heat 3 tablespoons light corn syrup in microwave until warm; gently toss with 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, allowing excess syrup to drip off. Toss in 1/3 cup sugar to coat. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set, about 1 hour. 

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 145 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 6mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 1g fiber), 0 protein.