New Year’s Eve Champagne Punch, Delicious and Easy to Make

If you’ve been reading BNOTP for a little while, you may remember a Champagne punch recipe I shared a few weeks ago. I’m posting it again today because it’s also a great punch for New Year’s Eve, too.


If you are making this for a small gathering of 2-4 people, one batch will do. If you’re having a larger gathering, you’ll want to make several batches because it’s always a big hit and goes quickly. I went through 4 batches (with none left over) when I had a party with 25 in attendance. (So, that works out to be around 1 batch for every 6 folks in attendance.)

Champagne Holiday Punch

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.

Right click on pic below to save it to your computer, then just print it off…much easier than having to write it all out.


Dip the Rims in Nonpariels for a Festive Occasion:

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 use at Christmastime.


When you get ready to serve this punch, just pour a little Grand Marnier or any orange liqueur into a shallow dish. Pour some nonpareils into a bowl.


Dip the rim of the champagne glass into the Grand Marnier, then into the bowl of nonpareils. Then pour the punch into the glass.


You can serve the punch 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.


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


You may wish to print off some copies of this recipe because your guests are going to be asking for it. 🙂 Or, just tell them it’s an old family recipe and you’ve been sworn to secrecy. 😉


Your Reviews:

Some of you tried this recipe after I posted it before Christmas and here’s what you said:

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! ~At Home with a Country Lady

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!! ~Anonymous

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  1. courtneyoutloud says:

    Sounds delicious! This may be what I serve at our New Year's Day brunch….

  2. This sounds great!! I love pineapple and cranberry juices and this punch sounds like it isn't too sweet (or at least it's something you can control with how much sugar to add!)

  3. I am all over the champagne cocktails. Yum.

  4. This punch sounds great and looks pretty also.

  5. Love the rim of the glass, so festive.

  6. Cat & Cricket says:

    Ohh.. do I have to wait until New Years???
    Sounds Yummy!

  7. jewelsinthegarden +: ) says:

    Your holiday punch sounds good and looks so festive. I will be making it for New Years! Thank you for sharing it!

  8. This is REAllY good Susan, tried this the first time you posted and have made with a variety of decorative rims….thanks again, I hope you are looking forward to a very happy new year. Will be emailing you some new ideas inspired by you!
    Hugs, Lisa

  9. martinealison says:

    Avec ça, on oublie tout… tout devient bonheur et du bonheur je vous en souhaite beaucoup pour l'année à venir…

  10. Hello Susan,
    that sounds really delicious. Thank you for the nice recipe. I wish you a wonderful New Year, full of Health, Luck and Joy.
    Greetings, Johanna

  11. Sounds delish but I have one questions….do the non pariels stay on the glass while you drink or do they stick to the persons lips?

  12. I can't remember if I told you that I made this for my tennis team's Christmas luncheon at my home & it was a HUGE HIT, Susan! They all loved it & my DH was into the leftovers for 2 days. LOL The champagne bubbles were gone but he didn't care.

    It is a true keeper…thanks!!

    Happy New Year, Honey!

  13. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Hi Nanci,
    I've never noticed them sticking to a person's mouth or lips. Usually, folks will eat the nonpareils that are in the spot where they are drinking from the glass and they often leave the others around the rim because they are so pretty. Same with the green or red sugar I've used at Christmas parties.

  14. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Rett, That is too cute! Yep, it does tend to lose the bubbles by the next day but it is still yummy, even then. Glad it was a hit with your tennis team…and with hubby. 🙂

  15. FABBY'S LIVING says:

    Love that rim!!! Happy New Year!


  16. Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea says:

    Sounds yummy and it looks cute, too.

  17. I've gotta try this.I'm on the search for a beverage server,love them. So far they are too big or too small or too pricey but I'll keep looking.

  18. SavannahGranny says:

    Susan, I also made the recipe for guests. It was a tremendous hit. We didn't have to worry about the champagne losing its fizz. We drank it all right away.
    Thanks for the recipe and thanks for being such a wonderful hostess. I am glad I got to know you.
    May your new year be filled with wonder. Hugs, Ginger

  19. OH those cups are SO cute!!!!

    I don't know if you know Edie or not,but i have a prayer-hop for her on my main blog: if you would like to add your prayers.

  20. Yum! And I LOVE how you fixed the glasses, what a clever idea!

    I would love for you to link this to my New Year's recipe blog party –

  21. Designs By Pinky says:

    Thanks again for this, I did print it out this time:) XO, Pinky

  22. I made this for our neighborhood/street christmas parade of homes! Big Thumbs Up!! My husband even really liked it and he doesn't normally like any kind of drink like that! I served it in a glass beverage dispenser, it worked nicely! Thanks so much for the recipe!!

  23. I tried this out on my parents and husband and they really liked it, so I decided to make it for our New Year's Day brunch. HUGE hit!! We made a punch station with a drink dispenser and a display of the glasses near the front entrance. We served 20 people and went through 3 recipes of punch. We had other drinks available, so many people only had one glass of punch.

    Here's something I did which made refilling the drink dispenser super easy: I made 4 batches of the syrup and juice mix ahead of time and stored them in 4 plastic quart containers with screw on lids. To serve I just poured a ratio of 1 container to 1 bottle of champagne into the drink dispenser as needed.

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