Grandma’s Favorite Southern Holiday Punch Recipes

Southern Living Rainbow Sherbet Punch in a punch bowl with a couple of glasses beside
PHOTO: CAITLIN BENSEL; FOOD STYLIST: TORIE COX

When it comes to the holidays, Grandma knows no menu is complete without at least one glass bowl filled with a classic punch recipe. The best thing about punch recipes is that they’re made in big batches so they’ll serve a crowd, plus they usually come together with just a little bit of stirring. There are both alcoholic and non-alcoholic recipes on this list of Grandma-approved punches so guests of all ages can sip on a delicious holiday drink.

If you’re looking for a reason to pull out your favorite punch bowl, look no further. Read on for Grandma’s favorite holiday punch recipes to serve all season long.

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Orange Sherbet Punch

Southern Living Orange Sherbet Punch
VICTOR PROTASIO; FOOD STYLIST: ALI RAMEE; PROP STYLIST: HEATHER CHADDUCK

Grandma knows that retro-inspired sherbet punch is a welcome addition to any holiday party. Ginger ale and fruit juices combine with frozen sherbet for a fun, fizzy punch that will please any crowd.

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Ambrosia Party Punch

Southern Living Ambrosia Party Punch in the punch bowl to serve
GREG DUPREE; FOOD STYLIST: MICAH MORTON; PROP STYLIST: GINNY BRANCH

The flavors of classic Southern ambrosia are delicious in any form, including punch. It can be made with or without alcohol.

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Coffee Punch

Southern Living Coffee Punch ready to serve in a punch bowl with a few glasses beside
FRED HARDY II; FOOD STYLIST: RUTH BLACKBURN; PROP STYLIST: CHRISTINE KEELY

This punch was made for the dessert table. Grandma knows Bundt pans are ideal for making the ice ring for punch recipes.

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Rainbow Sherbet Punch

Southern Living Rainbow Sherbet Punch in a punch bowl with a couple of glasses beside
CAITLIN BENSEL; FOOD STYLIST: TORIE COX

The colors of Christmas shine in this colorful punch thanks to rainbow sherbet and fresh fruit. It comes together quickly and should be served immediately.

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Blood Orange Holiday Punch

Blood Orange Holiday Punch
CAITLIN BENSEL; FOOD STYLING: TORIE COX

Winter citrus shines in this prosecco-based punch. You can use whatever variety of cut citrus you like, including oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruits.

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Triple B Milk Punch

Triple B Milk Punch
ANTONIS ACHILLEOS; FOOD STYLING: EMILY NABORS HALL; PROP STYLING: KAY E. CLARKE

As the name implies, this classic holiday milk punch is made with three Bs: bourbon, brandy, and buttermilk. Just mix all the ingredients together and it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

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Big Batch Bourbon Ginger Ale Punch

Big Batch Bourbon Ginger Ale Punch
CAITLIN BENSEL

You’ll find both bourbon and champagne on the ingredient list for this boozy punch. It comes together with just a few stirs.

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Lemon-Lime-Rosemary Punch

Cran-Raspberry-Vanilla Punch
ALISON MIKSCH

Fresh rosemary is the perfect addition to this citrus punch. Like all sherbet punches, this one should be served immediately once it’s assembled.

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Retro Rum Punch

Retro Rum Punch
HECTOR SANCHEZ; STYLING: BUFFY HARGETT MILLER

If rum is your (and Grandma’s!) spirit of choice, this retro punch is just the one to serve at the holiday party. You’ll find not just one, but two types of rum in the recipe.

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Cranberry Sangría Punch

cranberry sangria punch - southern living
HECTOR MANUEL SANCHEZ; PROP STYLING: KARIN OLSEN; FOOD STYLING: WILLIAM SMITH

Sangria gets a holiday makeover with the addition of cranberries and champagne. Just make sure to reserve the champagne to add just before serving.

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Nana’s Lime Sherbet Punch

Lime Sherbet Punch
PHOTOGRAPHER: FRED HARDY II, FOOD STYLIST: RUTH BLACKBURN, PROP STYLIST: CLAIRE SPOLLEN

From the recipe box of country music star Kane Brown’s Nana, this single serve punch comes together with just two ingredients: sherbet and ginger ale. A lime garnish is festive, but optional.

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Cheerwine Holiday Punch

Cheerwine Holiday Punch Photo
JASON DRISCOLL

North Carolina’s favorite soft drink comes together with bourbon to create one spirited holiday punch. Use the seasonal spices of our choice to add plenty of holiday flavor.