Sparkling Chai Christmas Punch is the perfect beverage for your next holiday party. Chai tea and ginger ale are blended with fruit juices to make a light and refreshing non-alcoholic punch.
This non-alcoholic Christmas punch will be a hit at your next holiday gathering. Chai tea and ginger ale are mixed with apple juice and cranberry juice to make a light and refreshing spiced punch that’s perfect for the holidays.
You’ll love this Christmas punch recipe because it’s made with just a handful of easy to find ingredients. Plus, it’s low in calories! So repeat visits to the punch bowl won’t leave you feeling guilty.
This is my new favorite Christmas drink because it’s light, refreshing, and crisp. And, it’s perfect for family gatherings, brunch, or dinner parties.
How much punch to serve for a party
How much punch will you need for your party? Here is a helpful article: How to Calculate Punch for a Party.
For a shorter event serving only cake, you may need as little as 4 to 8 ounces of punch per person.
For an event lasting several hours with appetizers and mingling, you may need up to 12 ounces of punch per person.
For this recipe, you’ll need a gallon-sized (or larger) punch bowl or a gallon sized pitcher.
If you have a larger punch bowl, say a two or three gallon size, you can easily double or triple this recipe to fit.
Ingredients and substitutions
Apple juice can be substituted with apple cider. However, keep in mind this will make your punch a little cloudy.
I recommend using your favorite cranberry juice, apple juice, and ginger ale brands – you don’t need to use the exact brands I’ve used here.
Optionally, add cranberries and apple slices to your punch bowl, and cinnamon sticks to your glasses as a garnish.
Keeping your punch cold when serving
If your punch will be set out in a serving bowl, it is important to keep it chilled for several hours.
If adding ice to your punch, it is best to use large ice cubes. They melt slowly and do not dilute the punch as much as small cubes. Here are a few large ice cube trays you can try.
Did you know that you can make a large ring ice cube in a bundt cake pan? Simply fill up partially with water, freeze, and you’ve got a giant ring sized ice cube.
If you don’t have a bundt cake pan, you can also use any smaller baking pan, like an 8 inch round cake pan or a loaf pan.
While this won’t keep your punch cold as long, try freezing your cranberries before adding them to the punch. They will help keep your punch cold without diluting it.
Can I Add Alcohol?
I know that you’ll ask, so I’m here to let you know that you can indeed make this Christmas punch alcoholic, if you so choose.
If you’d like to have the option of alcohol, it’s easy to add an ounce of fireball cinnamon whisky, vodka, or spiced rum to your glass before topping with this sparkling chai punch.
If you’d like to mix alcohol into your punch, I suggest adding about 16 ounces of alcohol per gallon of punch (this recipe as written makes one gallon). Taste and adjust to suit your tastes.
Or, try my Cranberry Prosecco Punch for your next party.
Sparkling Chai Christmas Punch
- 32 ounces hot water
- 4 chai tea bags
- 16 ounces apple juice
- 16 ounces cranberry juice
- 2 liters ginger ale
- 1 green apple thinly sliced
- 1 cup cranberries
- cinnamon sticks as a garnish, optional
- Steep your chai tea bags in your hot water for 4-5 minutes, or according to tea's package directions. Remove and discard tea bags. Allow to cool to room temperature.
- In a large punch bowl or gallon-sized pitcher, combine prepared chai tea, apple juice, cranberry juice, and ginger ale. Add cranberries and apple slices. Serve immediately.
- If not serving immediately, wait to add ginger ale to punch until just before serving. Otherwise, the ginger ale will lose its carbonation.
- Optionally, freeze cranberries to keep punch cold while serving.
- Add an ice ring (made in a bundt pan) or large ice cubes to punch bowl to keep cold for several hours while serving.
- This punch is very light and low in calories. If you'd like a sweeter punch, I suggest adjusting the ratio of ginger ale to apple and cranberry juices (adding less ginger ale and more fruit juices).