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Easy Thanksgiving Punch Recipe (Alcoholic)

This Thanksgiving Punch combines apple cider, ginger ale, vodka, fresh-cut apple slices, orange slices, and cinnamon sticks to make a delicious drink to serve up on Thanksgiving Day.

large bowl of thanksgiving punch on marble table

Thanksgiving isn’t just about the roasted turkey or the creamy mashed potatoes; it’s about gathering, cherishing moments, and creating new memories with the ones you love.

That’s exactly what inspired this Thanksgiving drink.

This holiday punch recipe is the perfect recipe for sharing some laughs while soaking in your favorite fall flavors.

So, whether you’re toasting to blessings, recounting tales of pilgrims, or simply enjoying the vibrant play of flavors in your glass, this Thanksgiving Punch recipe promises to elevate your Thanksgiving meal.

Looking for more fall drink recipes? Give our Apple Pie Cocktail a try or this Caramel Apple Cider Cocktail is a great option to serve at Thanksgiving dinner too! If you’re looking for a hot option, check out our Crockpot Apple Cider (Wassail) recipe.

glass of thanksgiving punch on marble table

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of Thanksgiving Punch?
Absolutely! You can easily make this recipe non-alcoholic by omitting the vodka. You can substitute it with sparkling water, club soda, lemon-lime soda, or non-alcoholic cider. It would be a sparkling Thanksgiving punch.

What can I use instead of ginger ale?
If you can’t find ginger ale or don’t want to use it, you can use ginger beer instead.

What can I use instead of vodka?
Personally, I enjoy the vodka but if you’d rather, a great alternative to vodka is white rum, tequila or a bottle of champagne.

Can I use regular apple juice?
While you can use regular apple juice, apple cider gives that fall season flavor. Therefore, if you are going to use apple juice, I would add some delicious flavors of fall such as pumpkin pie spice, cloves, and nutmeg to give it the classic fall flavors.

How do I store leftover punch?
Personally, I wouldn’t save this. Since the ingredients include a carbonated drink, it can go flat changing the flavoring of the fall punch so, I’d toss any leftovers.

thanksgiving punch in glass with straws

Ingredients Needed to Make Thanksgiving Punch

  • Apple cider
  • Ginger ale
  • Vodka – You can use any flavor of vodka you’d like including vanilla, whipped, and even apple vodka.
  • Red apples, sliced – You can also use green apples if preferred. Crisp apples work best.
  • Oranges, sliced
  • Cinnamon sticks, optional – Use whole cinnamon sticks so they are easy to remove before drinking
thanksgiving punch ingredients on counter

How to Make Thanksgiving Punch

This Thanksgiving Punch was made with a large group in mind which is why I put it into a large punch bowl.

You can certainly cut the recipe in half or double or triple it as needed. Adjust the measurements depending on the amount of guests you plan to have.

Once ready, put all of your ingredients into a large bowl and stir well.

Serve and enjoy!

thanksgiving punch inside large punch bowl

Reasons Why We Love This Recipe:

  • It is perfect for holiday parties
  • Easy to make a large batch in a large pitcher for a large crowd
  • This fall harvest punch uses simple ingredients you can find at home or your local grocery store
  • It is the perfect Thanksgiving punch to serve up on Thanksgiving Day to friends and family

Thanksgiving Punch

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Brittanie Pyper
Thanksgiving Punch is a drink that encapsulates the essence of fall, dances with the harmonies of spices, fruits, and spirits, and offers a refreshing embrace to everyone around the table.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 14


  • 64 oz. apple cider
  • 3 cups ginger ale
  • 1 ½ cups vodka
  • 3 red apples sliced
  • 2 oranges sliced
  • Cinnamon sticks optional


  • In a large punch bowl, combine apple cider, ginger ale, and vodka.
  • Slice apples and oranges, and add the fruit to the bowl, reserving some for garnishing drinks.
  • If desired, add a few cinnamon sticks to the punch bowl.
  • Chill all the ingredients before hand, and the punch until ready to serve, or make ice cubes from apple cider so the punch doesn’t get watered down.
  • Pour into glasses. Serve and enjoy!


Serving: 1 | Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Sodium: 10mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 24g

Nutrition information is a rough estimate only; actual values will vary based on the exact ingredients used and amount of recipe prepared.

Keyword fall punch, thanksgiving punch
Course Thanksgiving
Cuisine American
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