Whether you’re sitting around the fire pit, watching a Christmas movie or outside looking for a Christmas tree, you need a nice warm festive beverage. Our family loves to enjoy a big batch of this Warm Cherry Orange Non-Alcoholic Christmas Punch recipe. It’s sweet, festive with spices and warms the soul. It’s easy to make over the stovetop and a great alternative to cocoa.
This Christmas punch recipe only takes about five minutes to throw together, and then you let it simmer over the stove. You can keep it over a low stove for as long as you need. The other way to make it is in the slow cooker, on low for 1-2 hours. Keep it warm until you’re ready to serve it.
Looking for other Christmas drink recipes? My favorite cocoa recipes are Slow Cooker Mint Hot Chocolate and Nutella Hot Chocolate. Another great non-alcoholic festive drink is Eggnog Without Eggs. If you’re a coffee lover, you’ve got to try my Copycat Starbucks Gingerbread Latte too.
How To Make This Warm Non-Alcoholic Christmas Punch Recipe
My kids ask for this recipe every year during the Christmas season. It’s a great kids Christmas punch recipe. If it’s just our family, I make the recipe as is. If we’re having guests over, I always double the recipe. Everyone ends up asking for a second serving – particularly on a cold winter night.
What To Serve Alongside This Non-Alcoholic Christmas Punch
I love the color of this punch recipe when you serve it in clear mugs. It’s sweet, with festive spices too. I like to serve it alongside some fresh Christmas cookies or a slice of warm bread that doesn’t compete with the flavor. Gingerbread would be too competitive. Anything cranberry would go well! I like putting out a tray of treats to serve alongside the punch. Guests can pick what they want to snack on.
Tips For Buying Oranges At Christmastime
Select oranges that are heavy for their size and feel firm. Avoid any with mold or spongy spots. Buying a big bag of oranges might seem like a bargain, but you want to check the surface area of each orange and you can’t. One pound equals 3 medium oranges. They’ll last for two weeks in the refrigerator – that is where I store mine.
What You’ll Need From The Grocery Store:
- Apple Cider (Or Juice)
- Orange Juice (No Pulp)
- Maraschino Cherry Juice
- Whole Cloves
- Whole Allspice
- Cinnamon Stick
- Maraschino Cherries
Step-By-Step Directions To Make Cherry Orange Non-Alcoholic Christmas Punch
In a large saucepan, combine cider and juices. Place the cloves, allspice, cinnamon stick and orange peel on a double layer of cheese cloth.
Bring up the corners and tie with kitchen string (twine) to form a bag. Add it to your saucepan.
Bring to a simmer over medium heat (do not boil). Simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Discard the spice bag.
Serve the cider warm, in mugs, garnish with cherries and orange slices.
- 4 Cups Apple Cider (Or Juice)
- 3/4 Cup Orange Juice
- 1/4 Cup Maraschino Cherry Juice
- 3 Whole Cloves
- 3 Whole Allspice
- 1 Cinnamon Stick
- 1 Orange Peel Strip (1-3 inches long)
- 6 Maraschino Cherries
- 6 Orange Slices For Garnish
- Also: Cheese Cloth & Twine
- In a large saucepan, combine cider and juices. Place the cloves, allspice, cinnamon stick and orange peel on a double layer of cheese cloth. Bring up the corners and tie with kitchen string (twine) to form a bag. Add it to your saucepan.
- Bring to a simmer over medium heat (do not boil). Simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Discard the spice bag.
- Serve the cider warm, in mugs, garnish with cherries and orange slices.
- Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for 2-3 days, reheat over the stovetop.