Our festive Holiday Wine Punch Cocktails are made in a large-batch to share with all your party guests this season.

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How are you holding up this holiday season? Are you keeping your stress levels in check?

We are planning a neighborhood Christmas party next week. Instead of making a lavish spread that will take me days to prepare, I’ve opted to cook several pots of our favorite soups that I can make ahead and reheat.

Overhead view of Holiday Wine Punch in a punch bowl with cranberries, cinnamon sticks and oranges on top.

Then I’ll have bread, treats, crocks of apple cider wassail and hot chocolate for the kids, and simple large-batch Holiday Wine Punch Cocktails for the grown-ups.

I’ve learned over the years that it’s not worth the pressure we put on ourselves to make “showy” food, when our guests will be just as happy with well-made comfort food and good drinks, like this cranberry punch.

Especially when cooking for a large crowd.

Hand grabbing a glass of holiday wine punch with the punch bowl in the background.

Holiday Wine Punch Cocktails

Today’s recipe, Holiday Wine Punch Cocktails, is a simple 5-ingredient beverage made in less than 5 minutes.

It requires only:

  • Red wine
  • Cran-apple juice
  • Orange juice
  • Ginger beer (or strong ginger ale)
  • Vanilla extract

These Holiday Red Wine Punch Cocktails are perky, with deep holiday undertones from the wine, ginger and vanilla.

How To Make Red Wine Punch

The beauty of punch making, is its simplicity. Just dump and serve!

You can dump-and-serve this punch as-is, or dress up your punch bowl with orange slices, fresh cranberries, and cinnamon sticks!

Boxed red wine next to an empty punch bowl.

Notice I used a good boxed wine in this wine punch recipe.

Since it’s blended with other ingredients, there’s no need to buy expensive bottled wine, if you find a boxed brand you like!

Red boxed wine being poured into a glass punch bowl.

Make Large Batch Holiday Punch – Save Money & Waste

With boxed wine, the packaging costs less so the wine usually costs less. Plus, you can recycle the cartons just like wine bottles.

I’ve noticed, people often remember to recycle their glass and plastic bottles, yet forget they can recycle cartons as well.

What’s The Best Sized Punch Bowl to Use?

When making a big batch of my Holiday Wine Punch Cocktail, I recommend opting for a large punch bowl. You can check out this list of the best punch bowls, but my favorite is this pretty crystal from Viski for less than $80 on Amazon, while this 12-quart bowl is another great option.

Juice being added to the wine in the punch bowl.

As we cook and create in our kitchens this season, we are also creating a lot of waste from food packaging.

There are all sorts of cartons we use daily… Broth, soups, dairy products, alternative milks, juice and boxed wine. These cartons can be recycled right along with our glass and plastic.

Cartons of food and drinks on a wooden background.

I encourage you to buy ingredients sold in cartons because they are made from renewable sources. Then make an effort to recycle your cartons. Recycled cartons are reborn into items we use daily, like paper towels and tissues.

You don’t even have to rinse out your cartons. Just toss them in the recycling bin with your glass and plastic!

Festive 5-Ingredient Holiday Wine Punch in a punch bowl.

Be a carton champion this season! Join me by taking a pledge to recycle your cartons on recyclecartons.com.

You’ll be connected to a community of people across the country that care about recycling, reducing waste, saving energy, and making a difference in their hometowns.

Let’s help the Carton Council meet their goal of 10,000 pledges.

Holiday Wine Punch being scooped with a ladle.

Best Holiday Punch Recipes

This recipe! (listed below)

Rosé Sangria

Caribbean Goombay Smash

Bahamian Blasters

Hawaiian POG Punch

Mulled Wine

New Year’s Eve Champagne Punch

Two cups of punch with more punch in a bowl in the background.

You can also learn more about recycling cartons on Facebook and Instagram. #RecycleYourCartons

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Carton Council. The opinions and text are all mine.


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Holiday Wine Punch Cocktails

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Holiday Wine Punch Cocktails Recipe – This easy 5-ingredient boozy holiday red wine punch makes a huge batch of Christmas or New Year cocktails all your guests will love!
Servings: 24


  • 1.5 liters red wine (I used a boxed California blend)
  • 4 cups cranberry-apple juice
  • 3 cups orange juice
  • 36 ounces ginger beer or strong ginger soda
  • 5 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Possible Garnishes: fresh cranberries, orange slices, apple slices, fresh mint, cinnamon sticks


  • Pour the red wine, both juices, ginger beer, and vanilla in a large punch bowl. Stir well to mix.
  • Garnish with fresh fruit and cinnamon sticks. Serve over ice.


This punch is best made right before serving. You can make it one day ahead and refrigerate, but save the ginger beer to add right before serving.


Serving: 1cup, Calories: 102kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 0g, Fat: 0g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 7mg, Potassium: 183mg, Fiber: 0g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 60IU, Vitamin C: 15.8mg, Calcium: 13mg, Iron: 0.5mg
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier
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