15+ Easy Thanksgiving Alcoholic Punches for a Crowd

Published September 12, 2022
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As you gear up for Thanksgiving, don't forget to plan a cocktail or two. But make it easier on yourself by serving up a Thanksgiving punch to keep your hands and time free during the party, and certainly cut down on your errands leading up to the feast. Take your pick of fizzy and bubbling prosecco punches, or lean into the fall flavors with apple and cranberry as you pick the perfect Thanksgiving punch.

Thanksgiving Punch

Thanksgiving Punch

Capture all the classic fall flavors in a glass for a Thanksgiving punch that everyone will request year after year, and one you'll be happy to oblige. This makes approximately 15 servings.

Ingredients

  • ½ gallon apple cider
  • 3 cups prosecco
  • 3 cups ginger ale
  • 1½ cups spiced rum
  • 4 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 4 red apples, sliced
  • Ice
  • Cinnamon stick and apple slices for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large punch bowl or pitcher, add ice, apple cider, prosecco, ginger ale, spiced rum, cinnamon sticks, and apple slices.
  2. Stir to mix.
  3. Serve in cocktail glasses over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with cinnamon stick and apple slices.

Autumn Prosecco Punch

Autumn Prosecco Punch

Be extra thankful for prosecco with a prosecco punch sure to give everyone an extra glass of gratitude this year. This makes approximately 12 servings.

Ingredients

  • 750mL prosecco
  • 4 cups club soda
  • 1½ cups pineapple juice
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup vodka
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 ounces simple syrup
  • Ice
  • Pineapple, apple slice, star anise, ground nutmeg, and cinnamon stick for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large pitcher or punch bowl, add prosecco, club soda, pineapple juice, apple cider, vodka, lemon juice, and simple syrup.
  2. Stir to mix.
  3. Serve in cocktail glasses over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with pineapple, apple slice, star anise, ground nutmeg, and cinnamon stick.

Sparkling Pear Punch

Sparkling Pear Punch

This recipe is the perfect pear punch for an afternoon Thanksgiving dinner that won't leave you too full and is the perfect balance to all those savory foods. This makes approximately 15 servings.

Ingredients

  • 375 mL prosecco
  • 4 cups club soda
  • 3 cups pear vodka
  • 2 cups pear nectar
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Ice
  • Pear slice and mint sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large pitcher or punch bowl, add prosecco, club soda, pear vodka, pear nectar, and lemon juice.
  2. Stir to mix.
  3. Serve in rocks glasses over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with pear slice and mint sprig.

Fall Harvest Punch

Fall Harvest Punch

Okay, so mabye bourbon doesn't grow on trees for this harvest punch, but it still packs all of the crispy fall flavors into a punch bowl quite well. This makes approximately 20 servings.

Ingredients

  • 10 cups apple cider
  • 4 cups ginger beer
  • 4 cups bourbon
  • 2 cups vanilla vodka
  • 2 cups club soda
  • Ice
  • Orange slice and cranberries for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large pitcher or punch bowl, add ice, apple cider, ginger beer, bourbon, vanilla vodka, and club soda.
  2. Stir to mix.
  3. Serve in rocks glasses over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with orange slice and cranberries.

Thanksgiving Rum Punch

Thanksgiving Rum Punch

Serve a Thanksgiving punch that'll marry the flavors of the last harvest of summer with the cinnamon apple flavors of fall. Perfect for when you're jamming yourself into a sweater but the weather refuses to cooperate. This makes approximately 12 servings.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cranberry juice
  • 2 cups cherry juice
  • 2 cups white grape juice
  • 1½ cups dark rum
  • 1 cup light rum
  • Ice
  • Orange slice and thyme sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large pitcher or punch bowl, add ice, cranberry juice, cherry juice, white grape juice, and rums.
  2. Stir to mix.
  3. Serve in rocks glasses over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with orange slice and thyme sprig.

Sparkling Cranberry Punch

Sparkling Cranberry Punch

Get cozy with a tart cranberry punch this Thanksgiving. From the bubbly lemon-lime soda to the secret dash of honey, it'll steal the hearts of everyone. This makes approximately 16 servings.

Ingredients

  • 7 cups cranberry juice
  • 3½ cups vodka
  • 3 cups lemon-lime soda
  • ¼ cup honey liqueur
  • Ice
  • Lime wedge and mint sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large pitcher or punch bowl, add ice, cranberry juice, vodka, lemon-lime soda, and honey liqueur.
  2. Stir to mix.
  3. Serve in highball glasses over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with lime wedge and limit sprig.

Thankful for Rosé Punch

Thankful for Rose Punch

Get your best coupe glasses and your favorite bottle of rosé. It doesn't take more than a sip to be thankful for this punch. If you want to make it a little fizzy, add a splash of prosecco after serving in a coupe. This makes approximately 15 servings.

Ingredients

  • 750mL rosé
  • 3 cups club soda
  • 1 cup vodka
  • ¼ cup strawberry liqueur
  • 2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ice
  • Lime wheel and strawberry for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large pitcher or punch bowl, add rosé, club soda, vodka, strawberry liqueur, and lime juice.
  2. Stir to mix.
  3. Serve in coupe glasses.
  4. Garnish with lime wheel and strawberry.

Apple Cider Punch

Apple Cider Punch

Layer the flavors of apple on apple on apple cider in this apple-lover's dream Thanksgiving punch. This recipe makes approximately 15 servings.

Ingredients

  • 6 cups apple cider
  • 2 cups bourbon
  • 2 cups vanilla vodka
  • ½ cup cranberry juice
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup red apple liqueur
  • 2 ounces maple syrup
  • Ice
  • Apple slice for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large pitcher or punch bowl, add ice, apple cider, bourbon, vanilla vodka, cranberry juice, orange juice, red apple liqueur, and maple syrup.
  2. Stir to mix.
  3. Serve in rocks glasses over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with apple slice.

Spiced Thanksgiving Punch

Spiced Thanksgiving Punch

A little spiced punch, thanks to rum, pear, and apple flavors, will have everyone who takes a sip pausing briefly to thank them for you bringing this into their lives. This makes approximately 12 servings.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 4 cups sparkling apple juice
  • 2 cups spiced rum
  • ½ cup pear vodka
  • ¼ cup pear nectar
  • ¼ cup honey liqueur
  • Ice
  • Lemon slice and grated cinnamon for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large pitcher or punch bowl, add ice, apple cider, sparkling apple juice, spiced rum, pear vodka, pear nectar, and honey liqueur.
  2. Stir to mix.
  3. Serve in cocktail glasses over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with lemon slice and grated cinnamon.

Cinnamon Thanksgiving Punch

Cinnamon Thanksgiving Punch

Give your Thanksgiving celebrations an extra kick with a punch that packs a spiced heat. Prepare your friends and family for this one. This makes approximately sixteen servings.

Ingredients

  • 5 cups apple cider
  • 5 cups cranberry juice
  • 2 cups cinnamon-infused whiskey
  • ¼ cup cinnamon liqueur
  • ¼ cup applejack
  • 2 ounces tart cranberry juice
  • Ice
  • Blueberries, raspberries, and cinnamon stick for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large pitcher or punch bowl, add ice, apple cider, cranberry juice, cinnamon whiskey, cinnamon liqueur, applejack, and cranberry juice.
  2. Stir to mix.
  3. Serve in rocks glasses over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with blueberries, raspberries, and cinnamon stick.

Four-Ingredient Thanksgiving Punch

Four-Ingredient Thanksgiving Punch

Just a few pantry staples bring together this Thanksgiving punch in a pinch. No reason to let anyone know that you totally forgot to stop by the store earlier in the week. This makes enough for sixteen servings.

Ingredients

  • 5 cups apple cider
  • 3 cups bourbon, rum, or vodka
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 2 cups ginger ale or ginger beer
  • Ice
  • Apple slice, cinnamon stick, and star anise for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large pitcher or punch bowl, add ice, apple cider, preferred spirit, orange juice, and ginger ale.
  2. Stir to mix.
  3. Serve in rocks glasses over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with apple slice, cinnamon stick, and star anise.

Fizzy Punch

Fizzy Punch

This Thanksgiving punch is a little lighter. Sometimes you don't want a punch to knock you off of your feet. This makes enough for twenty servings.

Ingredients

  • Lemon-wedge and sugar for rim
  • 6 cups lemon-lime soda
  • 3 cups orange club soda
  • 4 cups vodka
  • 1½ cups cranberry juice
  • 2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ice
  • Orange slice and rosemary sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. To prepare rim, rub the rim of the glass with the lemon wedge.
  2. With the sugar on a saucer, dip either half or the entire rim of the glass in the sugar to coat.
  3. In a large pitcher or punch bowl, add ice, lemon-lime soda, orange club soda, vodka, cranberry juice, and lime juice.
  4. Stir to mix.
  5. Serve in prepared glass.
  6. Garnish with orange slice and rosemary sprig.

Gobble Juice Punch

Gobble Juice Punch

You may know this drink under its alternative name, giggle juice, but gobble juice has a better name for a flavorful Thanksgiving punch. This makes approximately 16 servings.

Ingredients

  • Lemon wedge and brown sugar for rim
  • 750mL pinot grigio
  • 4 cups pink lemonade
  • 2 cups prosecco
  • 2 cups club soda
  • ½ ounce lemon vodka
  • ¼ cup grenadine
  • ¼ cup blood orange juice
  • Ice
  • Mint sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. To prepare rim, rub the rim of the glass with the lemon wedge.
  2. With the sugar on a saucer, dip either half or the entire rim of the glass in the sugar to coat.
  3. In a large pitcher or punch bowl, add ice, pinot grigio, lemonade, prosecco, club soda, lemon vodka, grenadine, and blood orange juice.
  4. Stir to mix.
  5. Serve in prepared glass.
  6. Garnish with mint sprig.

Turkey Tom's Pomegranate Punch

Turkey Tom's Pomegranate Punch

Serve up the holiday star's personal punch with something more unexpected: pomegranate! This makes approximately fourteen servings.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups pomegranate juice
  • 2 cups prosecco
  • 2 cups club soda
  • 1½ cups lemon vodka
  • ¼ cup cranberry liqueur
  • ¼ cup honey syrup
  • Ice
  • Pomegranate seeds and mint sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large pitcher or punch bowl, add ice, pomegranate juice, prosecco, club soda, lemon vodka, cranberry liqueur, and honey syrup.
  2. Stir to mix.
  3. Serve in rocks glasses over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with pomegranate seeds and mint sprig.

Cousin Molly's Pumpkin Punch

Cousin Molly's Pumpkin Punch

Carry on your cousin Molly's legacy while she's somewhere in the world by serving her infamous pumpkin punch. This makes approximately 14 servings.

Ingredients

  • 5 cups apple cider
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 2 cups vanilla vodka
  • 1½ cups pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup allspice dram
  • Crushed ice
  • Grated nutmeg for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. In a large punch bowl, add orange juice, vanilla vodka, and pumpkin.
  2. Stir until pumpkin puree has dissolved.
  3. Add ice, apple cider, and allspice dram.
  4. Stir to mix.
  5. Serve in rocks glasses over crushed ice.
  6. Garnish with grated nutmeg, if desired.

Turkey Strut Aperol Punch

Turkey Strut Aperol Punch

Take your Aperol from a spritz to a punch in this apéritif Thanksgiving punch, perfect for sipping before dinner, so there's plenty of space for the noms. This makes eighteen servings.

Ingredients

  • 5 cups Aperol
  • 4 cups prosecco
  • 4 cups grapefruit juice
  • 3 cups club soda
  • 1 cup gin
  • Ice
  • Orange slice for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large pitcher or punch bowl, add ice, Aperol, prosecco, grapefruit juice, and club soda.
  2. Stir to mix.
  3. Serve in rocks glasses over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with orange slice.

Making Thanksgiving Punch in Batches

If you're making up your punches ahead of time, there are a few keys to a successful batch punch.

  • Don't add ice until just before serving; you don't want your mix to taste watered down.
  • Do keep your mix chilled in the refrigerator until serving; you don't want to add cold ice to warm ingredients.
  • For fizzy and bubbly ingredients such as prosecco or soda, wait until just before serving, so the bubbles don't fall flat.
  • Don't make the punch days ahead of time; overnight or that morning is the best time frame.
  • Do take it easy on the booze; if you want to add more, leave it up to individual servings when adding extra spirits.
  • Don't add crushed ice to the punchbowl; it'll melt too quickly. Larger ice cubes are better!

Grateful for Thanksgiving Punches

You'll be grateful for a Thanksgiving punch recipe for any friends or family occasion when you're celebrating the fall holidays. With easy recipes to make ahead or quickly before the meal, everyone will be extra grateful for a Thanksgiving punch.

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