Champagne Punch: The Only Holiday Recipe You Need

Champagne Punch: The Only Holiday Recipe You Need

Enjoy this holiday season with our refreshing, tart, and bubbly cranberry champagne punch recipe! It offers up plenty of holiday spirit, without going overboard on the calories. And for anyone going alcohol-free this season, this recipe also makes for a delicious Christmas-time mocktail if you omit the champagne and berry-infused vodka!

 

Champagne Punch Recipe in glasses
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Champagne Punch Recipe

Course Drinks
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 20 servings
Calories 85 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 750ml bottles champagne
  • 1 cup 100% pure cranberry juice
  • 1 cup unsweetened flavored sparkling water lime or raspberry
  • ½ cup berry-infused vodka or plain vodka
  • ½ cup pomegranate seeds frozen or fresh
  • 1 large navel orange cut in half, sliced into thin semi-circles
  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves

Instructions

  1. Add the champagne, cranberry juice, sparkling water, and vodka to a large punch bowl.

  2. Stir in the pomegranate seeds.

  3. Layer the orange slices on top of the punch and allow them to float around the bowl.

  4. Garnish each glass with a sprig or two of mint leaves.

Recipe Notes

The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Champagne Punch Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 serving (approx. 4 oz))
Calories 85
% Daily Value*
Sodium 5mg0%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This vodka-infused champagne punch features seasonal fruits and flavors to keep the Christmas spirit strong, like pomegranate seeds, orange slices, and 100% cranberry juice. We also added in some sprigs of fresh mint as a festive garnish!

And this is a healthier punch recipe than you might usually find, because we added unsweetened lime or raspberry sparkling water, and capitalized on the natural sweetness of fresh fruit instead of dumping in loads of sugar or simple syrup.

If you’re not into orange slices, or if you want to add more festive, holiday-appropriate color, you can swap in some lime slices, which would pair nicely with the lime sparkling water.

Champagne Punch Recipe in bowl

Just one word of caution when it comes ingredient selection: Make sure to buy 100% pure cranberry juice, not cranberry juice cocktail, which often contain corn syrup or other added refined sugars.

But perhaps the best part of this recipe is that requires just 10 minutes of prep time — if you buy ready-to-eat pomegranate seeds it can be put together even faster! You can have this easy champagne punch on the drink table in less time than it takes to open presents.

Can you make champagne punch ahead of time?

If you want to whip up your punch ahead of time for a holiday party, you can slice the orange and seed the pomegranate the morning of to save on prep work later (not to mention pomegranate juice mess!).

You can also pour the cranberry juice into the punch bowl you’d like to serve the punch in, just make sure to hold out on the champagne and the sparkling water until it’s go time — if you add them too early, your champagne punch will lose its signature bubbles.

Champagne Punch Recipe in glasses

How to remove pomegranate seeds

If you don’t choose the ready-to-eat version for the pomegranate seeds, we suggest the following strategy to remove those crunchy, juicy seeds with less mess and frustration.

  1. Cut off the top portion of the pomegranate (the blossom end, not the smooth end).
  2. Run a sharp chef’s knife vertically along the outside of the pomegranate from top to bottom to create six sections. You’ll want to just score the skin rather than slice deep into the fruit.
  3. Over a large bowl of cold water, press your thumbs into the cut end of the pomegranate and gently pull the pomegranate sections apart.
  4. Place the sections in the bowl of water and bend the rind of each section backward to help the seeds pop out.

Photography by Meghan Hensley

Nicole McDermott

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After graduating from Syracuse where Nicole studied magazine journalism and nutrition, she moved to New York City to write for the health and fitness site Greatist. She currently edits full time for Ghergich & Co. Nicole's work has appeared on TIME Healthland, Shape, USA Today, Men's Fitness, The Huffington Post, Refinery29 and Lifehacker, among others. Follow her on LinkedIn.

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