Champagne Punch Perfect for a Christmas or New Year’s Party

Several folks have asked for the punch recipe I mentioned in our last Party Planning post. I’m happy to share it.

Insanely Awesome Champagne Punch

 

You’ll find a printable version of this recipe at the bottom of this post.

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The Recipe:

Champagne Holiday Punch

Ingredients:
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
3 cinnamon sticks
4 whole cloves
2 cups cranberry juice
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1 bottle champagne (Korbel Brut works great)
Small amount of Grand Marnier (or any orange liqueur you prefer)
Red sugar
Green sugar

In a saucepan, bring water, sugar, cinnamon sticks and cloves to boil.
Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
Discard cinnamon and cloves.
Cool to room temperature and pour into a large pitcher.
Add cranberry juice and pineapple juice.
Chill in fridge until ready to serve.
At serving time, add 1 bottle of chilled champagne.

If having a party, I recommend at least doubling, tripling or quadrupling this recipe, because it’s a huge hit and folks keeping coming back for more. When I had around 25 guests for a neighborhood cookie party, we went through four batches, with none left over!

When serving, put red sugar, green sugar and Grand Marnier in a three-part dish or in three separate bowls. I use this divided dish and it works out really well. Dip the rim of the champagne glass into the Grand Marnier, then into one of the sugars. Then pour the punch into the glass.

Sugar for Rims of Champagne Glasses

You can serve it from a punch bowl and ladle it into the glass, but since the opening of a champagne glass is so small, this can be pretty messy with the punch ending up running down the sides of the glass. I found it’s much easier to just pour it from a pitcher.

Champagne Punch for Christmas or New Year's Eve

Or, if you have a beverage server similar to the one below, that will work well, too.

Champagne Punch for Christmas Parties

 

Your guests will love the look of the sugar-rimmed glasses.

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For large parties, I love to use little charms around the stem of the glass. I have a limited number of champagne glasses so it helps my guests keep up with their glass.

Christmas Charms for Wine Glasses

For a New Year’s Eve party or a birthday party, I like to dip the rims of the glasses in nonpareils, instead of the the colored sugars.

 

I’ve placed the glass in front of the paper towels so you can get a better look…

Champagne Punch for Christmas or New Years

Doesn’t this just say, Party!

Champagne Punch for Christmas or New Year's Eve

Here’s a printable version of this recipe. Enjoy!

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Champagne Punch for Christmas or New Year's
 
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This punch is great for any party and looks especially festive for Christmas and New Year's Eve.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 2 cups cranberry juice
  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • 1 bottle champagne (Korbel Brut works great)
  • Small amount of Grand Marnier (or any orange liqueur you prefer)
  • Red sugar
  • Green sugarI
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan, bring water, sugar, cinnamon sticks and cloves to boil.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Discard cinnamon and cloves.
  4. Cool to room temperature and pour into a large pitcher.
  5. Add cranberry juice and pineapple juice.
  6. Chill in fridge until ready to serve.
  7. At serving time, add 1 bottle of chilled champagne.
Notes
I usually make 4 batches of this recipe for parties with around 25 in attendance. I prepare all 4 at once but divide the base into 4 separate containers and store those in the frig. When it’s time for another batch, I pour the base into my pitcher and add the cranberry and pineapple juice, along with the champagne, right before serving.

 




Comments

  1. forever lost says:

    these glasses say party! I will try them at my next family eating! we just celebrated 3 out of 4 kids birthdays wish I had seen it for them! they were big kids, 30,21,and 18…
    thanks, love your blog

  2. What a pretty & yummy idea!
    thanks : )

  3. Estela @ Weekly Bite says:

    What a lovely cocktail! I love the sprinkles around the rim!

  4. ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com says:

    It does say FUN! I love the rimmed glasses and the charms too. I want to make this! It looks yummy!

  5. Thanks for posting! Looks so good and the sugar accents make it so festive!

  6. I am definitely keeping this recipe for my holiday dinner and party. I just love how you changed the sugar to a different item. Oh so many ways you could go with that idea.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Crystal

  7. Susan,

    These look so festive dipped in the nonpareils and colored sugars. Recipe sounds yummy too!

    Nancy

  8. Sailing Simply says:

    How cute is that? Love the sprinkles on the rim. What a very festive idea!

  9. Hi Susan,
    this is really a great fun. Splendid idea to make the sugar rim with colored sugar or nonpareilles. The recipe sounds interesting and I imagine that it smells like punch. Thank you for sharing your great ideas.
    Greetings, Johanna

  10. Kristen White says:

    Love this! Will be adding this to my list of must have party drinks!
    Kristen

  11. AshTreeCottage says:

    I love this idea! I hope you don't mind if I recreate it for parties at my cottage!!

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

  12. Susan, I love the nonpareils idea, so festive. This is one thing I will definitely copy.

  13. The Fajdich Times says:

    How fun! Great recipe:)

  14. Delchick41 says:

    Hi Susan! Been a little while since I have been on here. Your party ideas are so great and look like alot of fun. Thank you for sharing the recipe. I can't wait to try it.

    Cheryl@My Own Snug Fireside

  15. These look yummy. Might even host a cookie party so I can make this punch. Thanks for sharing the recipe!~Ames

  16. Smocking with Gwen says:

    Saved!!! Thanks Susan…I was about to give away three boxes of these champaigne flutes….not anymore. Just hadn't used them in a while. This is so simple that the cut crystal flutes just wouldn't work as well. Wondering if you could use a bottle of Asti instead of champaigne.

    Looking forward to more of your holiday tips and tricks.
    Thanks, Gwen

  17. Yummy! I can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing with us!

  18. Momma Button says:

    Thank you soooooo much! We are having a Holiday Extravaganza at the salon and I plan to use this idea!! You are amazing!!

  19. Witch of Stitches says:

    The glasses look gorgeous. I image this could be done with my Sleigh Ride punch – a combination of juices, tea, spices and Rum. I make it on Christmas Eve morning, letting it brew all day in a crock pot in anticipation for our annual open house in the evening. I keep adding rum, taste testing throughout the day, By party time I'm extraordinarily festive. I think I will decorate my glasses with colored sugars from now on!

  20. This looks beautifully refreshing and perfect for the holidays! Love the nonpariel idea.

  21. Hi Susan,
    So festive…I love it.

    Evelyn

  22. Thank you, thank you! I will make this for our Oopen House! I also love the non pariel idea too! So festive and fun!!!!

  23. Love these ideas!

  24. I really love the unusual pinks you shared with me today. Yummy. Happy Pink Saturday.

  25. I do martini's alot and do the rimmers but this is different and one that I will for sure use, thank you for so much holdiay creativity!

  26. I am so inspired! Those photos look heavenly!

  27. Made this Friday night for our annual neighborhood Holiday Party.
    It got RAVE reviews and a request to make it again for Saturday's Cookie Swap. Thanks a million for an EASY, WONDERFUL treat!!

  28. I love your blog! When I was scrolling down to find your Twitter widget/link I saw these drinks and fell in love – what a great treat for the holidays.

  29. ~Country Lady~ says:

    I made your champagne punch and served it before a luncheon I hosted yesterday! It was a true hit, and oh so very delicious! The addition of using the red and green sugars to rim the champagne glasses is a very nice detail! Thank you for sharing this with us! Loved it! It's a recipe that goes straight to my favorites file!

  30. Phyllis@Around the House says:

    It sounds yummmy..I must give it a try…Happy New Year…come over for a visit..I have my table all ready…phyllis

  31. Terry @ La Bella Vie says:

    Hi Susan, as I mentioned in yesterday's email, I'm having a cocktail party this evening (pre-New Years party with neighbors) but forgot about this wonderful recipe from last year until I saw your post! Now I "need" to make this as one of the drinks for tonight! I think I'll do the colored sprinkles, because it just say's "Happy New Year" to me!
    Thanks again for all your great ideas and inspiration!
    Terry

  32. Carol Summers says:

    I just got one of those drink dispensers, and this is going to be the first thing I fill it with!

    • It’s really yummy, Carol! Make several batches because the recipe makes really small batches and you’ll need several if you’re having a good crowd and to fill up your pretty dispenser. :)

  33. Can’t wait to make this – even if it’s just for the two of us! Have you ever used fluted champagne glasses? We have a collection of the Waterford fluted champagnes but someone else mentioned they didn’t work as well. Re: your large white turkey centerpiece – nothing currently on Pottery Barn, e-bay, or Google. Any other ideas? Thanks!

    • I doubt you’ll find one this year, it’s just too close now to Thanksgiving. Be sure to check after Thanksgiving though…ya never know. Maybe PB will get them next year, or maybe Williams Sonoma…that’s another place to look each year.

  34. I love the idea of the glasses dipped in the colored sugars and nonpariels… Is there another beverage to use to make it non alcoholic?

    • Someone on Facebook mentioned non-alcoholic Champagne…didn’t know there was such a thing. You definitely want to use something with carbonation…it needs that. Google substitutes for Champagne and I bet there will be some suggestions online. Let me know if you find anything Peg, would be good to add that to recipe if you find out there is such a thing as non-alchoholic Champagne.

    • I was hoping to find a non alcoholic substitute too. Did you find anything?

  35. Sounds wonderful and will be trying it out in December for sure!! I have some green champagne flutes from the Dollar Tree so will rim with red sugar! Thanks so much for sharing it!

  36. this is a lovely recipe and very well decorated

  37. I will be over to sip some of this delicious Champagne Punch and take a nap on your porch after we finish our punch. Yummy! Since it is rude of me to invite myself over I will extend Mimosas in the Summer time for 4th of July Breakfast. Thank you for sharing!!!

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