Holiday Punch

This cinnamon syrup makes more than you'll need for this punch. Use the extra in cocktails, coffee, or hot chocolate. It will keep in the fridge for 2 weeks.

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Chilling time: 6 hours
  • Yield: 15 or so servings

Ingredients

For the cinnamon syrup (makes about 2 cups):

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

For the punch (alcoholic version):

  • 4 cups cranberry juice cocktail
  • 2 cups bourbon
  • 1 1/2 cups ginger beer
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 bottles hard cider
  • Orange and lime slices for garnish

For the punch (non-alcoholic version):

  • 4 cups cranberry juice cocktail
  • 1 cup club soda
  • 1 1/2 cups ginger beer
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • Orange and lime slices for garnish

Method

1 Make the cinnamon syrup: Place the sugar, water, and cinnamon in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

Remove from heat and let steep for 1 hour. Remove the cinnamon sticks. Pour into a bottle or other container and cool. Will keep in the fridge for 2 weeks.

Holiday Punch

2 Refrigerate the punch ingredients: Refrigerate all punch ingredients for at least 6 hours, or overnight, so they are chilled before serving.

3 Make the punch: Mix 1/3 cup cinnamon syrup with all the punch ingredients in a large punch bowl, stock pot, or other container. Stir together and serve immediately.

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Comments

  • Sara @ Last Night's Feast

    This looks so festive and delicious

  • Maria

    Made this for a birthday party last night, and it was so good!

  • Leanny Oliveira

    i love it! So delucious!

  • Jules

    If I was to have the alcohol on the side…what would the ration of bourbon and hard cider be?
    Thank you! looks delicious!

    • Emma Christensen

      Jules, to make things easy on you, I’d just do equal parts bourbon and cider, and then do 1/4 to 1/3 cup per glass topped with punch. (Of course, even easier would be to let guests add bourbon or cider to their own tastes, but then who KNOWS what trouble they’ll get up to?! :) )

  • Sarah

    This sounds great! Thanks for including both versions. Any recommendations for brand of bourbon?

    • Emma Christensen

      Hi, Sarah! I like Bulleit for a not-too-expensive-but-not-too-cheap option, or Knobb Creek if you really want to go all out. :)