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Citrus Punch

This citrus punch recipe is VERY easy to make and it’s perfect for all parties! Whether it’s Christmas, New Year’s Eve or a birthday party, this is going to be your new go-to big batch cocktail.

ginger citrus punch in a copper punch bowl

Not many people know this, but I once had serious thoughts about writing a cocktail cookbook featuring big batch cocktails. Like this one.

Every time I know we are going to have at least 10 people over, I will make up a new punch recipe. My brother-in-law calls it my happy juice. “Jen, do we have happy juice again?” he asks and I just nod with a big smile on my face.

I like making punches because you don’t need a lot of ingredients to make something amazing. I usually take an inventory of my bar and then head to the store to get juice. Or I will get fruit and make the juice myself (if it’s a special occasion.)

Punches like this citrus punch made with ginger ale are so easy to whip up that they are perfect for the holidays too. Christmas, New Year’s Eve, bridal and baby showers – even weddings; party planning for any of them can be made easier by making a punch.

ginger citrus punch in a copper mug

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Citrus Punch Recipe

To make this citrus punch, you need a big punch bowl. The one in these pictures is a gorgeous hammered copper and comes with a ladle.

You also need ginger beer AND ginger ale. Lots of fizzy ginger-ness.

Grab your vodkas – orange and citrus (or citron). Then add some whole star anise for some herbal goodness. Not too much; it can overpower everything. Just enough to get that smell when you stir it.

Slice up an orange and a lemon for garnish in the bowl and in the glasses. And get ready. To party.

The recipe can easily be doubled, tripled or halved. If you’re having a big party, get extra ginger beer and ginger ale so you can whip up another batch, lickety-split.

And if you are having trouble with this recipe, or just want to see how easy it is to make? Watch the video!

one copper mug with ginger citrus punch

How to Serve Punch

Any large food-safe container is a good container for serving punch. Punch bowls and pitchers are classic go-tos and are great for big batch cocktails. 

I love upright dispensers like this mason jar dispenser – for anyone into tablescapes, this is a great way to add some height.

If you’re looking for something unique, carve out a watermelon and serve your punch inside of it. Try a Dutch oven, a bundt pan, even a large soup pot – just make sure its large enough to hold a lot of punch.

Keep a bowl of candied ginger on the side for an optional garnish!

Can you make punch ahead of time?

Yes! 

If you plan to make punch ahead of time prepare it the morning of your event. Also, if your punch has anything carbonated (ginger ale and ginger beer for this recipe), add it right before serving.

How do I keep punch cold?

The simple answer is chill the ingredients ahead of time and then use ice. The better answer is large ice blocks or rings.

You can make ice blocks in advance using a round container, like a bundt pan. I always use bottled or filter water so that the ice blocks are clear – tap water often leads to ice cube discoloration.

two mugs of ginger citrus punch
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Citrus Punch

Citrus Punch

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This citrus punch recipe is VERY easy to make and it's perfect for all parties! Whether it's Christmas, New Year's Eve or a wedding, this is going to be your new go-to big batch cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces orange vodka
  • 8 ounces citrus, lemon, or citron vodka
  • 36 ounces ginger beer
  • 2 gallons ginger ale
  • 15-20 star anise

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl. Add ice and serve. Garnish with lemon and orange slices if desired.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 53mgCarbohydrates: 73gFiber: 1gSugar: 72gProtein: 0g

Looking for more punch recipes?

Try this boozy honey lavender lemonade.

This boozy honey lavender lemonade is a great drink for brunches. It is also the PERFECT punch for spring and summer bridal or baby showers. | honeyandbirch.com

Or this PAMA sunrise punch.

PAMA Sunrise Punch - perfect for summer parties! #PAMACelebrateSummer #sponsored | honeyandbirch.com
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DessertForTwo

Friday 9th of December 2016

I would drink this all by myself! :)

Megan @ MegUnprocessed

Friday 9th of December 2016

This looks so refreshing!

Angela

Thursday 8th of December 2016

I love all your photos! such gorgeous styling!

Jen @ The Weary Chef

Thursday 8th of December 2016

Amazing! This sounds really refreshing! Absolutely trying this one!

Cathy | Lemon Tree Dwelling

Thursday 8th of December 2016

This looks FABULOUS!!! I love the taste of ginger in cocktails....can't wait to give this a try!

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