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Festive Cranberry Holiday Punch

This Festive Cranberry Holiday Punch is a fabulous mocktail made with a fresh cranberry and mint decorative ice ring. It’s a fun drink recipe that everyone at your holiday party can enjoy

A bowl of cranberry holiday punch with a decorative ice ring in it.

I have fond memories of this punch being made by my mother during the holiday season. I would sit fascinated as I watched her fill individual ice trays up with berries and mint and carefully fill each one with the juice mixture.

Having a glass of this “fancy” drink with the berries and mint floating in it made Christmas feel so special and festive. Now that I am on the other side of life with little ones of my own I want them to feel that same magic during the holidays.

This punch is really so easy to put together and although the ice ring adds a lot of pizzazz to the punch, it’s really quite simple to make.

Showing the items you need to make festive cranberry holiday punch

Ingredients

  • Fresh cranberries
  • Fresh mint
  • Sprite® Cranberry 2L
  • DASANI® Sparkling Lime 8pk 12oz
  • Simply® Cranberry Cocktail 52oz

Substitutions

You can substitute plain Sprite for the cranberry version and use a plain sparkling water instead of the lime.

Dried mint and dried cranberries will not work for the decorative ice ring.

Tools needed

  • 2 Pitchers
  • 1 punch bowl
  • 1 decorative ring mold smaller than your punch bowl

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Sprite being poured into a punch bowl of festive cranberry holiday punch

Directions

  • Chill the drinks (if possible) for at least 24 hours.
  • When ready to serve, combine the drinks together in several pitchers or a large punch bowl if you have it.
  • Unmold the decorative ice ring and add to the punch.
  • Enjoy!
Showing step by step photos of how to make decorative ice ring

How to make the decorative ice ring

  1. Place fresh cranberries on the bottom of the mold
  2. Add a layer of mint leaves
  3. Add another layer of cranberries followed by another layer of mint leaves
  4. Fill with just enough of the mocktail mixture to barely cover the cranberries and mint.
  5. Freeze until firm before filling the mold with additional drink mix. Freeze until completely solid, ideally overnight.
  6. Remove the mold from the freezer and place in a pan of warm water for about 60 seconds or as long as is needed for the ice to come loose. Be careful not to let it sit for too long because otherwise the ice ring will begin to melt.

Tip: If you use a silicone ring mold this process might be a bit simpler and you can possibly skip the warm water bath.

2 cups of festive cranberry holiday punch by the ingredients needed to make it

Top Tips

  • Since two of the drinks have carbonation, you do not want to make this too far ahead otherwise the drink will go flat. Chill the bottles individually and make the drink up as you need it.
  • You want the punch to be served chilled. Use two pitchers and divide the different drinks between the two pitchers. There’s not usually space in the fridge during the holidays for a big punch bowl but you are much more likely to have space for the pitchers.
  • Use decorative ice cubes instead or in addition to the decorative ice ring, so that your punch won’t be watered down by regular ice. Buy extra of the drink ingredients if you have a large group, or you can use just the Simply® Cranberry cocktail to fill the mold.
2 cups of festive cranberry holiday punch with floating mint and cranberries

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Recipe

Festive Cranberry Holiday Punch

Festive Cranberry Holiday Punch is a fabulous 3 ingredient mocktail sure to impress during the holidays with a fresh cranberry and mint decorative ice ring.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Freezing time: 6 hours
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 36 servings
Author: Jade Jones

Ingredients

For punch:

  • 2 Liters Sprite® Cranberry
  • 52 oz Simply® Cranberry Cocktail
  • 36 oz DASANI® Sparkling Lime

For decorative ice:

  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 1/3 cup fresh mint

Instructions

To make the punch:

  • Use two pitchers and divide the different drinks between the two pitchers. Use a long spoon to gently mix the drink. 
  • There’s not usually space in the fridge during the holidays for a big punch bowl but you are much more likely to have space for the pitchers. Chill for at least 3-4 hours.

To make the ice ring:

  • Place fresh cranberries on the bottom of the mold.  Add a layer of mint leaves.  Add another layer of cranberries followed by another layer of mint leaves.
  • Fill with just enough of the mocktail mixture to barely cover the cranberries and mint.  Freeze until firm before filling the mold with additional drink mix. Freeze until completely solid, ideally over-night.
  • Remove the mold from the freezer and place in a pan of warm water for about 60 seconds or as long as is needed for the ice to come loose. Be careful not to let it sit for too long because otherwise the ice ring will begin to melt.
  • Add ice ring to punch bowl.  Pour the punch mixture into the punch bowl.  

Notes

This is best prepared the night before to allow the ice to completely solidify.
Use decorative ice cubes so that your punch won’t be watered down by regular ice. Buy extra of the drink ingredients if you have a large group, or you can use just the Simply Cranberry cocktail to fill the mold.
Tip: If you use a silicone ring mold this process might be a bit simpler and you can possibly skip the warm water bath.
 
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