Thanksgiving Punch Mocktail

This is a festive and family-friendly beverage to serve for Thanksgiving or any holiday!

Thanksgiving Punch Mocktail

Serve this fruity apple cider Thanksgiving Punch Mocktail, full of warming fall spices, fresh apples and cranberries at your holiday gathering for a family-friendly drink that brings the cheer. 

Thanksgiving Punch Mocktail

Sure, Thanksgiving is all about the food. From a crispy-skinned roast turkey to Vegan Maple Pumpkin Pie, there is a lot to eat and enjoy this holiday. But let's not forget about the drinks. Serving a big pitcher of fruity punch is my favorite way to make everyone feel festive. This mocktail has tons of seasonal flavor and is super fast and easy to make, so you can focus on what's in your oven and who's in your kitchen.

Thanksgiving Punch Mocktail

How to Make Thanksgiving Punch Mocktails

This mocktail is served chilled, so there's no cooking necessary. Which is a nice bonus on Thanksgiving, when every burner and oven rack can be taken by a side dish!

All you need to make this Thanksgiving punch is to gather the ingredients, mix and serve!

Thanksgiving Punch Mocktail


Here's what goes into this spiced punch:

  • Apple cider. You can use store-bought apple cider, or make your own!
  • Maple syrup. This is a vegan-friendly liquid sweetener that adds rich, fall favors to your punch.
  • Apples. I like to use one red (Gala) and one green (Granny Smith) to add tart and sweet flavors to the punch.
  • Orange juice. for best flavor, use freshly squeezed from a ripe orange.
  • Cranberries. You can use fresh or frozen berries.
  • Spices. I can't get enough of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice this time of year.
  • Pomegranate arils. These add beautiful jewel-like coo and pops of brightness to your drink.

Thanksgiving Punch Mocktail

Topping Suggestions

The decorations for this punch are the fun part! You can make them extra festive and fun with sliced and colorful fresh toppings like:

  • Fresh rosemary
  • Ginger beer to add fizz and extra sweetness
  • sliced apples (use a mixture of red and green)
  • Cranberries
  • Pomegranate seeds

Thanksgiving Punch Mocktail

Sweetener Options

This punch is nice and sweet, so kids will love it. If you don't want to use or don't have maple syrup, you can also use agave or honey. If you find that the apple cider is sweet enough on its own, then feel free to omit the sweetner altogether!

Thanksgiving Punch Mocktail

Homemade Apple Cider

Did you know you can make your own apple cider? Use this recipe.

More Fall Mocktails

Thanksgiving Punch Mocktail

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Thanksgiving Punch Mocktail

Thanksgiving Punch Mocktail

5 from 1 vote
This sweet and fruity Thanksgiving Punch Mocktail is made with apple cider, cranberries and orange juice for a family-favorite holiday drink
Author: Shanika
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 6 Servings



  • 4 cups Apple cider, homemade or store-bought (See Notes!)
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 Gala apple, sliced
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, sliced
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • pomegranate arils


  • Fresh rosemary sprigs
  • Ginger beer, for topping
  • Sliced apples
  • Fresh or frozen cranberries
  • Pomegranate arils


  • In a large pitcher, put together the apple cider, orange juice, maple syrup, sliced apples, cranberries, pomegranate arils, and spices until combined.
  • Make the mocktails: For each drink, fill an 8-ounce glass halfway with crushed ice. Add ½ cup of the punch and garnish with sliced apples, cranberries, pomegranate arils, and a rosemary sprig. Top with ginger beer until the glass is filled.
  • Sip and Enjoy!

Tips & Tricks

SWEETENER: Instead of maple syrup, you can substitute with Agave syrup.
APPLE CIDER: To make your own homemade version, follow my easy Apple Cider recipe.


Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 357mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 129IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 0.5mg


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Thanksgiving Punch Mocktail


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