Get ready to raise your glass and toast the season with these delicious Thanksgiving punch recipes!
Whether you’re hosting a fall gathering, want to infuse your celebration with the taste of fall, or simply need a refreshing beverage to serve alongside your decadent Thanksgiving feast, these fall punch recipes are sure to hit the spot.
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Many people may not think of preparing a punch recipe at Thanksgiving. The focus is often on appetizers, entrees, and those tasty Thanksgiving desserts, The drinks may be forgotten.
But I say a festive drink is vital. Here’s why.
- Number one is that it’s tasty. Imagine the warmth of cinnamon, the tang of fresh citrus, and the crispness of apples dancing on your taste buds. We honestly could stop right there.
- Number two is that most of these punch recipes are the perfect complement to Thanksgiving foods. Have you ever felt like the saltiness of the turkey and the gravy needed a sweeter counterpart than the cranberry sauce could offer? Tasty punch recipe to the rescue!
- Number three is getting to enjoy more classic fall flavors. Why do we think of family get-togethers when we smell sweet potato casserole? Because that sweet, fruity, nutmeg and cinnamon combination has been a part of so many of our wonderful holiday memories. These drink recipes draw out those flavors even more.
- Number four considers the logistics of the meal. If the turkey is taking longer than expected or the football game is running long, offer some festive drinks and light appetizers! This is especially important for groups who rotate holiday hosting duties each year. If you’re gunning for the title of “best holiday host,” you want to include a Thanksgiving drink option.
So, here’s my criteria for the perfect punch recipe for Thanksgiving:
- Incorporates a seasonal fruit or flavor
- Displays a festive fall color
- Makes you feel warm and cozy
If a recipe can hit all three criteria, it’s a true winner! I did include some drinks on this list that don’t quite tick every box. But I saw that they had the potential to be a holiday hit. And if your family doesn’t already have its hand’s-down, just-can’t-beat-it favorite Thanksgiving drink then I think this list holds your new drink of choice.
Non-alcoholic Thanksgiving Punch Recipes
This non-alcoholic punch is packed with fruity, fall flavor. The Savvy Mama Lifestyle recommends offering whole cinnamon sticks for stirrers.
Ingredients: apple cider, sparkling red grape juice, orange juice, lemon juice, cinnamon, apples, cinnamon sticks
This recipe from The Belly Rules the Mind can be made in an Instant Pot, slow cooker or stovetop. The drink’s traditional English roots make it even more interesting.
Ingredients: apple cider, orange juice, cranberry juice, lemon, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, juniper seeds, ginger, nutmeg, star anise
Looking for a classic flavor to go with your Thanksgiving meal? Why not go with apple cider? This non-alcoholic drink recipe from The Belly Rules the Mind is packed with pungent, spiced flavor.
Ingredients: apples, orange slices, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, ginger, nutmeg, star anise, sweetener, cranberries
Your home will smell delicious and your guests will feel warm and cozy with this non-alcoholic pumpkin cider. Sweet Tea and Thyme suggests using brandy, bourbon, or rum if you’d like to spike it.
Ingredients: apple cider, pumpkin puree, brown sugar, cinnamon, whole cloves, allspice berries, Honeycrisp apple slices, navel orange
Just look at how festive this fall punch recipe is, and it includes lots of fresh fruit! It works great for the fall season while also harkening to Christmas. Slow the Cook Down offers this tasty drink for all ages.
Ingredients: oranges, limes, cranberries, cranberry juice, orange juice, ginger ale, rosemary
Since wine is typically a key part of any sangria, it can be tricky to find a good recipe that’s non-alcoholic. This one from Pinch and Swirl seems to fit the bill!
Ingredients: hibiscus tea, honey, lemons, orange juice, alcohol-free orange bitters, oranges, apples, grapes
This recipe from Baking with Mom is so close to a dessert that it almost didn’t make the list! But it’s just too tasty to be left off. Thus, I present to you, apple cider floats.
Ingredients: apple cider, orange juice, ground cinnamon, oranges, vanilla ice cream, caramel topping
This festive drink from Quiche My Grits is a spice lover’s dream! Guests young and old will enjoy the festive flavors.
Ingredients: apple cider, ginger ale, ground cinnamon, apples, oranges, pears, fresh cranberries, cinnamon sticks, star anise
Thanksgiving alcoholic punch recipes
This is my home mulled wine recipe, adapted from mulled wine we had in a little restaurant in Paris. Romantic, oui? Now, this recipe is an important part of my family’s annual holiday traditions. Enjoy!
Ingredients: red wine, brown sugar, lemon, orange, lemon rounds, orange rounds, cinnamon sticks, star anise, whole clove, ginger, nutmeg, honey, brandy
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Fall Harvest Sangria – Fireball Whisky
The sweeter the wine, the sweeter your fall harvest sangria will turn out, as advised by The Toasty Kitchen. This punch recipe hits all of my Thanksgiving drink criteria so you know it’s got to be good!
Ingredients: white wine, apple cider, Fireball Whisky, apples, orange, club soda, cinnamon sticks
Easy Fall Sangria – Pear, Apple, & Orange
This flavorful drink recipe by The Forked Spoon is a true tribute to the season with fresh ingredients like pear, apple, and orange, as well as pear liqueur and hard apple cider.
Ingredients: apples, pears, orange, white wine, pear liqueur, hard apple cider, cinnamon sticks, ice, tonic water, rosemary
Apple Cider Sangria – Brandy & Cranberries
Brandy and cranberries are the distinguishing ingredients in this apple cider sangria from Joyous Apron. You could make several types of sangrias and then offer a Thanksgiving flight. Can you imagine!
Ingredients: apple cider, white wine, club soda, brandy, apples, frozen cranberries, cinnamon sticks
Nothing says fall more than pumpkins! This recipe from The Savvy Mama Lifestyle gives pumpkin center stage.
Ingredients: pumpkin puree, cinnamon, apple cider, orange juice, spiced rum, prosecco, cinnamon sticks
This fall beverage gets extra points for its gorgeous color! You could build your Thanksgiving tablescape around this drink from XOXO Bella.
Ingredients: oranges, lemon, cranberries, cranberry juice cocktail, orange juice, grenadine, lemon juice, prosecco, ice
What balances unsweetened pumpkin? Homemade cinnamon simple syrup of course! Get ready for pumpkin pie in a boozy beverage. Thanks, Gastronom, for this fun recipe!
Ingredients: pumpkin puree, lemon juice, cinnamon syrup, bourbon, brandy, apple cider, ginger beer
This recipe is a warm holiday hug. Just look at the ingredients and you’ll know what I mean. Gastronom’s secret ingredient for this drink is spiced honey simple syrup. Don’t worry, they provide all the instructions so you can make it yourself.
Ingredients: single malt whisky, blood orange bitters, honey spice simple syrup, orange juice, prosecco, lemon juice
Here’s a tasty chilled punch that will warm you from the inside. Pizzazzerie recommends rum and maybe cinnamon schnapps if you need a little extra kick.
Ingredients: apple cider, orange juice, lemon juice, rum, ginger ale, apples, oranges, cinnamon sticks
Playdates to Parties offers this recipe and festive ways to garnish sangria glasses, including cinnamon sugar rims or caramel dipped rims.
Ingredients: apple cider, lemon, orange, apple, cinnamon sticks, allspice berries, white wine, spiced rum, club soda
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There are many ways you can make a tasty apple cider sangria. Sip and Savor the Seasons got creative with this variation by including peach brandy. Yum!
Ingredients: pinot grigio, apple cider, peach brandy, seltzer, green apples, red apples, oranges, lemons, limes, frozen cranberries
Blackberry Babe designed this recipe to rely on the natural sweetness of apples, making it not too sweet nor dry. They recommend using fresh apple cider for extra crisp flavor.
Ingredients: white wine, apple cider, vodka, caramel syrup, club soda, apples
Looking for a caramel apple in a cup? Check out Trop Rockin’s recipe! They offer several suggestions if the drink is not caramel-y enough for you. Like caramel-rimmed glasses and caramel apple juice instead of spiced apple cider.
Ingredients: apples, pears, spiced apple cider, caramel vodka, club soda, pinot grigio
This mulled wine pairs perfectly with a crisp autumn day. Your Thanksgiving guests will love the spices and warmth from this recipe from Nourished Kitchen.
Ingredients: cardamom pods, black peppercorns, whole cloves, nutmeg, ceylon cinnamon sticks, anise seeds, fennel seeds, bay leaves, red wine, apple cider, brandy, honey, oranges
This recipe is full of flavor and history! Check out Ramshackle Pantry’s post on the subject for the full story and instructions.
Ingredients: cloves, cardamom pods, pinot noir, ginger, raisins, blanched almonds, orange peel, honey, cinnamon sticks, Aquavit
Cooking with Curls thought of everything in the instructions for this drink. They recommend using agave nectar to balance the tart flavors, topping each glass with ginger ale so the fizz is fresh, and making plenty of extra to store in an empty orange juice bottle.
Ingredients: pomegranate juice, orange juice, vodka, agave nectar, ginger ale, pomegranate seeds, oranges, limes
Swirls of Flavor suggests offering bourbon on the side instead of adding it to the whole batch so this cider can be enjoyed with or without alcohol. One of my favorite things about this crockpot apple cider recipe is that it’s served in mugs which is extra cozy and justifies my mug collection.
Ingredients: apple cider, clementines, cinnamon sticks, ginger, bourbon, limes
If you’re looking to add a Caribbean twist to your Thanksgiving feast, check out The Littlest Crumb’s Cranberry Rum Cocktail. Cranberry juice, pineapple juice, and rum are the stars of this drink!
Ingredients: cranberry juice, white rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, lime juice, cranberries, rosemary
Just can’t get enough pumpkin spice flavor? Check out this pumpkin punch from In the Kitchen! They provide instructions for 4 servings but you can double or triple the recipe for a punchbowl.
Ingredients: pumpkin puree, honey or agave, pumpkin pie spice, orange juice, pineapple juice, spiced rum, orange liqueur
Celebrations at Home created cups out of apples! That’s amazing. I love this idea because it makes use of a part of the apple that’s typically just discarded. I think it is so interesting! What would your guests think?
Ingredients: apple cider, ginger ale, ginger beer, bourbon, lemon juice
To use the creator’s words, this drink is “bright, sweet and delicious!” Trop Rockin’s first instruction is to make a pumpkin syrup. Sounds good to me!
Ingredients: pumpkin puree, sugar, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, sparkling apple cider, white wine, spiced rum, apples, cinnamon sticks
Margarita lovers, rejoice! A Forks Tale offers this great recipe for apple cider margaritas.
Ingredients: apple cider, cinnamon sticks, ground nutmeg, all spice, cloves, mezcal, Cointreau, lemon, margarita salt, sugar, cinnamon
The Fresh Cooky recommends making a drink station with instructions so you can offer this recipe with optional boozy components. Check out my editable and printable Thanksgiving signs and place cards for inspiration.
Ingredients: pomegranate juice, cranberry juice cocktail, vodka, orange-flavored liqueur, club soda, lemon juice, simple syrup, cranberries, rosemary
How about a drink that’s tasty and good for the gut? At this time of year, our guts and immune systems could use a little boost. Thanks, Sugar and Charm!
Ingredients: hard apple cider, apple juice or cider, ginger kombucha, dark spiced rum, pumpkin pie spice
Here’s another fall drink recipe from Sugar and Charm. This one will add a sparkle to your dinner with sparkling cider and sparkling Moscato.
Ingredients: apple cider, whole cloves, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, sparkling apple cider, apple vodka, sparkling white wine, lemons
Foxes Love Lemons calls this drink a tribute to their home state, Michigan. But if you can’t find these specific Michigan-sourced ingredients, you can make it a tribute to your own state with locally-made ingredients.
Ingredients: champagne, apple cider, Vernor’s ginger ale, bourbon, apples
This recipe from Trop Rockin is great for making in a large batch for a large punch bowl or large pitcher (the keyword here is large). It’s the perfect combination of sweet, spice, and warmth.
Ingredients: apple cider, sparkling wine, ginger beer, Crown Royal Apple Whisky, apples
So, don’t settle for ordinary drinks this Thanksgiving. Let these tantalizing fall punch recipes be the centerpiece of your celebration, delivering a burst of flavor and delight to each and every guest.
They’ll make the perfect drink for your fall baby shower or bridal shower too!
Get ready to sip, savor, and raise a glass to the joys of autumn!
I also have lots of great fall printable place cards for your table and great ideas for keeping younger guests entertained like my free printable Thanksgiving coloring placemats and thematic coloring pages.
You’ll have your Thanksgiving planned in no time!
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