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Grandma's Christmas Punch

Whether it's for a big Christmas party or smaller gathering of family or friends, a batch of Grandma's Christmas Punch will bring on the smiles ... especially when you pair it with a big tray of cookies.  Just like Grandma does.

Grandma's Christmas Punch image ~ A tasty punch with pineapple juice, orange juice, and maraschino cherries.

The Christmas season is here!  And along with it comes so many fantastic and fun family traditions.

One of those fantastic and fun traditions from my husband Mark's family is enjoying big batches of this Christmas Punch, which we now lovingly refer to as Grandma's Christmas Punch after Mark's mom who started the holiday tradition of making it.

During Mark's childhood, his parents used to throw a big Christmas party each year for Mark's dad's business associates and clients, inviting them all out to the house for an evening of fun.  Mark says he can remember getting to say hi to the party-goers, and then peering down on the party festivities throughout the evening from the stairs above.  {He was probably supposed to be tucked away in bed!}

And he says he can remember his mom serving up trays upon trays of Christmas cookies ... like cherry almond cookies, pound cake cookies, and his dad's favorite 7-layer cookies.  She would begin the party baking well before Thanksgiving and freeze big batches of cookies in preparation for the big party.  Quite frequently, I'm told though, she'd have to whip up a few extra pans of 7-layer cookies at the last minute because Mark's dad had snuck and eaten a bunch of them up!

And alongside all those trays and trays of Christmas cookies at the party, Mark's mom would serve up batches and batches of this Christmas punch. 

Grandma's Christmas Punch photo

The days of the big Christmas party have come and gone, but we still enjoy a batch of Grandma's Christmas Punch every year on Christmas day alongside her family-favorite Christmas day cookie tray.  

The cookies may be served up on a smaller scale than in the days of the party ... but rest assured all the favorites are still there.  And they're still putting smiles on the faces of those who get to enjoy them.

Grandma's Christmas Punch ingredients image

As for the punch itself, it's a simple mixture of orange juice, pineapple juice, sugar syrup, and maraschino cherries ~ both the juice and the cherries themselves ~ topped off with a touch of gingerale.  It's a wonderful flavor combination that's indeed, as it sounds by the combination of ingredients, on the sweet side.  A sweetness perfect for holiday indulging!

The base mixture can be made several days in advance and refrigerated, adding the gingerale just before serving.  I just mix and store my batch in large plastic container, and then transfer it to a pretty serving pitcher or punch bowl at serving time.

Mark's mom says if the punch was running low at the party, she'd just start adding more gingerale to make it go further.  It's a very forgiving recipe like that.

How to Make Grandma's Christmas Punch image

 So whether you're preparing for a large Christmas party, or for a smaller gathering of family or friends, a batch of Grandma's Christmas Punch is a wonderful addition to the festivities.

I know for sure we'll be enjoying a batch on Christmas day along with Grandma's Christmas day cookie tray.  It's a family tradition that continues to bring on the smiles.

Grandma's Christmas Punch recipe image
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Grandma’s Christmas Punch
(Print recipe)
  1. Place sugar and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring very frequently, to dissolve sugar. Set this sugar syrup aside to cool.
  2. In a large pitcher or other container, combine cooled sugar syrup, orange juice, pineapple juice, cherries, and the cherry juice. Stir until well mixed. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. When ready to serve, add gingerale to the juice mixture to taste. {I mix it at a ratio of about 2/3 juice mixture to 1/3 gingerale. Grandma usually mixes it about ½ juice mixture and ½ gingerale.}
- Punch can be served in a punch bowl or in individual servings.  If using a punch bowl, stir the juice mixture and gingerale together in the punch bowl right before serving.  For individual servings, fill each glass about 1/2 to 2/3 full with juice mixture and then fill the remainder of the glass with gingerale.
- I like to make sure each serving gets at least one cherry!
- Grandma says this recipe serves about 20 people.  Of course, that depends on how much each person drinks.


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  2. Hi Tracey, this looks like a goodie. Please bring this over to Food on Friday: December so everyone can see it. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

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  4. So good. We make this for the adults by adding a bottle of Southern Comfort

    1. Oh my yum, going to have to add in some Southern Comfort and give that a try! Sounds quite fabulous, Brandy.

  5. This punch recipe really looks like a keeper! I love pineapple juice, and the addition of the orange and cherries will create a lot more flavor! What a great family tradition.

  6. This was a big hit with the family, thank you!

  7. We made this on Boxing Day for company and it was a big hit with everyone!! I omitted the water and sugar and added some vodka!! Grandma your punch rocks!!

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  13. I was excited to see this recipe! My family has a traditional holiday punch similar to this one! Minus the orange juice, instead of boiling water and sugar, we brew black tea and dissolve the sugar in the hot tea, add lemon juice to it and vanilla and almond extract. Freeze the pineapple juice into cubes. Combine tea mixture with jar of maraschinos and add frozen pineapple then pour ginger ale over. It’s not a holiday unless there’s punch!

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