Serve this fruity apple cider-infused Festive 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.
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 Festive Thanksgiving Punch 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.
While I do have tons of mocktail recipes that you can try, especially this Vegan Caramel Eggnog which is perfect for the Holidays but is a bit more creamy and this Apple Cider Mocktail for a nice warm, cozy vibe when it comes to flavors. Of course, you can simply search my 'mocktails' category in the recipe index of my site for a lot more options that fit your tastebuds.
First and foremost, the flavors in this simple and easy Festive Thanksgiving Punch Mocktail is enough to convince anyone, however, here are a few more reasons why you'll love this recipe:
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!
Here's what goes into this spiced punch:
Of course, you can always use regular ice cubes, however, if you're looking to take things up a notch with your Festive Thanksgiving Punch Mocktail, I recommend making lemonade ice cubes----which are SUPER EASY! The first thing you need to make for these tasty drinks are the lemonade ice cubes. You literally stir together the ingredients, pour it in your favorite ice cube tray, set it and forget it for a minimum of 3-4 hours (or overnight) until ice cubes are formed.
Then, you whip together the sangria mocktail ingredients and assemble. To see How to Make Lemonade Ice Cubes, see my Cranberry Lemon Spritzer with Lemonade Ice Cubes recipe!
The decorations for this festive punch are the fun part! You can make them extra festive and fun with sliced and colorful fresh toppings like:
If you'd prefer to make your own batch of apple cider, no worries---I've got you covered! You can make your own apple cider easily in a slow cooker, which is the easiest way to do so without requiring your full undivided attention. Of course, you can slowly simmer everything over the stovetop if you don't own a slow cooker.
Absolutely! I like to add a bit of natural sweetener to most things that I drink, including this Festive Thanksgiving Mocktail. Maple syrup is a great option because it's vegan and has antioxidants, much like honey which adds additional nutrients. However, you can try any healthy sweetener substitutions you like.
In fact, this post about The Best Healthy Sugar Alternatives + Substitutes is a great place to start! For example, you can use agave or maple syrup to sweeten your ice cubes in general when using other ingredients.
This recipe serves about two. But you’ll probably want more Mocktails, and I can’t blame you! You can easily double or triple the recipe to serve a crowd.
If you’d like to serve this as a cocktail, you can add your favorite alcohol to the mixture. The best types of alcohols (just about 1 ounce or so) that work great with this apple cider-citrus-apple-ginger flavor combo is:
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