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Christmas Punch

Christmas Punch is a great cocktail for holiday parties and celebrations. Made with merlot wine, cran- apple juice, ginger ale and orange liqueur for a classic holiday sangria that everyone will love. 

Christmas Punch cocktails

Christmas Punch

Hosting for the holidays is easier than ever with this simple Christmas Punch! It’s a classic holiday sangria made with an affordable merlot wine. It is perfect to serve at any holiday cocktail party or last minute get together with friends. You might also like our easy Cranberry Rum Punch that can be made by the glass or pitcher.

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How to Make Christmas Punch:

Ingredients for Christmas Punch

  • In a large pitcher, add merlot wine, cran-apple juice, ginger ale and orange triple sec. Stir to combine. 
  • Serve over ice and garnish with fresh rosemary if desired. 

Christmas cocktail with cran apple juice and merlot wine

Tips for Making Sangria:

  • Chill the ingredients ahead of the party. Mix up your sangria just before the party in a large pitcher. 
  • Set up a bar area with pitchers of cocktails, glasses, ice and garnishes and let guests serve themselves. 
  • Easy garnishes for Christmas Punch: fresh rosemary sprigs, fresh cranberries, fresh orange slices. 
  • Have plenty of ice on hand for your drinks, figure one pound per guest. 

Bottle of merlot and Christmas punch cocktails

More Holiday Cocktails to Try:

Cranberry Wine Punch is made with pinot grigio and a wonderful cinnamon cranberry simple syrup. A gorgeous cocktail for the holidays. 

Winter Moscato Punch is bright and delicious and is sure to be a hit with the holiday crowd. It’s super simple to make ahead, perfect for holiday celebrations. 

Vodka Party Punch is so easy to make ahead of the party. Makes a large batch and is perfect for celebrations and parties. 

Cosmopolitan Party Punch is a fun cocktail for any holiday party. Made with moscato wine, vodka and cranberry juice. A spinoff of the ever popular cosmopolitan!

Pomegranate Mimosas are made with sparkling wine for an easy holiday cocktail that everyone will love. 

Holiday Christmas sangria

Best Wine for Christmas Sangria:

I like to keep several different kinds of wine on hand for holiday entertaining. Plus, a bottle of wine is always great for hostess gifts.

For a white wines,  moscato is my favorite sweet wine. Pinot Grigio is another great option and is not quite as sweet as moscato. 

For red wines, choose a Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon. Pinot Noir is a little lighter and will also make a delicious sangria.  

Holiday wine cocktail

If you are serving cocktails, you will need a few easy snacks that can be made ahead of the party. These simple appetizers are sure to be the hit of any holiday gathering.

Easy Appetizers for Holiday Parties:

Alabama Fire Crackers are my new favorite easy appetizer! Saltine crackers get a spicy kick with ranch and red pepper flakes. You won’t believe how fast they disappear!

You can’t go wrong with these Easy Deviled Eggs and they are so easy to make ahead of the party.

Easy Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms are perfect served warm from the oven or at room temperature. Filled with crispy bacon, onions and cheese for a tasty appetizer. 

Pomegranate Pecan Party Appetizer is so simple with just five ingredients and five minutes of prep. This is sure to be one of your favorites for the holidays. 

Add this Christmas Punch to your holiday menus and party plans. It is sure to be a favorite that you will make again and again. 

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Christmas Punch

Christmas Punch is a great cocktail for holiday parties and celebrations. Made with merlot wine, cran- apple juice, ginger ale and orange liqueur for a classic holiday sangria that everyone will love. 
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Beverages
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas sangria, holiday sangria, red wine cocktail, sangria, wine
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 198kcal
Author: Milisa


  • 750 ml Merlot Wine
  • 3 cups Ginger Ale
  • 3 cups Cran Apple Juice
  • 12 oz Orange Liqueur
  • fresh rosemary for garnish optional


  • Pour wine into a pitcher. Stir in ginger ale, cran apple juice and orange liqueur.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Serve over crushed ice and garnish with fresh rosemary if desired.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Sodium: 8mg | Sugar: 22g

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