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Thanksgiving Punch Mocktail Or Cocktail

This thanksgiving punch recipe has all the flavors of fall. With a few simple easy ingredients, you can make a delicious fall punch cocktail or mocktail that will be a crowd pleaser for kids and adults. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic instructions included.

Thanksgiving punch in a wine glass

As a chef, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. A lot of times we focus on the food but we also need a nice easy fall punch recipe to sip from while everyone lingers. This Thanksgiving punch is perfect for a crowd and kid friendly.

We all love the warming flavors of cider and cinnamon so I decided to enhance it with some fruits like apples and oranges and also use some frozen cranberries to round out the deal.  I add a dash of pumpkin spice and some cinnamon sticks to REALLY kick in that fall flavor.

Adding ginger ale to this recipe gives it a great fizzy kick. I use Zevia ginger ale for this recipe. Zevia is a soda that is made with the natural sweetener Stevia that has been popularized over the years.

I like using this because the cider is already super sweet on it’s own with natural sugars so having more actual sugar from ginger ale wasn’t something I felt was needed in this recipe.

🍹What You’ll Need to Make Thanksgiving Punch

  • Apple Cider: This makes up the bulk of the punch and screams fall and Autumn. Purchase your favorite apple cider while apples are in season!
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice: Whisking this flavor into apple cider brings this punch to a new level by adding the perfect amount of spice and warming flavors. Check out my favorite Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Sliced Green and Red Apples: Slice these up to add some fresh apple flavor and to help garnish the punch.
  • Sliced Orange: Oranges add a fresh citrus flavor that compliments this fall punch recipe perfectly.
  • Ginger Ale: If you would like to make a non-alcoholic Thanksgiving drink, add in your favorite ginger ale or ginger beer. This makes it the best kid friendly drink for Thanksgiving.
  • Fresh or Frozen Cranberries: Cranberries add a pop of color to this punch. You can use fresh or frozen cranberries. 
  • Champagne: If you’d like to make this an easy alcoholic Thanksgiving cocktail for adults, add in some champagne. You could also add a shot of your favorite vodka or whisky for a stronger punch.

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👉 Recipe Tips & Tricks

  • Be sure to buy apple cider that doesn’t have any added sugar in it. The juice itself is sweet enough!
  • Feel free to add other fruits to the mix like pears or plums.
  • The ginger flavor totally makes this punch but feel free to use regular ginger ale or even ginger beer.
  • To make this punch a cocktail, use your favorite champagne or sparkling wine.
  • This punch is best after sitting in the fridge for about 2-3 hours before serving. This gives enough time for all the flavors to marry together.
  • Make sure you whisk in the pumpkin pie spice with a small amount of cider first. This will make sure the spice separates so that nobody gets a big clump of pumpkin pie spice in their drink.
  • Kids love the non-alcoholic versions just as much as the adults. You can keep this a mocktail for the kids or non-drinking adults and have a bottle of champagne sitting on ice so that your guests can make their cocktails whatever strength they’d like.
  • My husbands pro tip: add a shot or 2 of Jack Daniels Honey Whisky to your glass.

Looking For Another Great Mocktail?

Try out my Christmas Punch or Virgin Sangria!

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Thanksgiving Punch Recipe

This thanksgiving punch recipe has all the flavors of fall. With a few simple easy ingredients, you can make a holiday thanksgiving cocktail or mocktail that will be a crowd pleaser for kids and adults. 
4.46 from 450 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 20 (1 cup servings)
Calories: 205kcal



  • 1 Gallon Apple Cider
  • 48 oz Ginger Ale I used 4 cans of Zevia Ginger Ale
  • 1 Red Apple sliced thin
  • 1 Green Apple sliced thin
  • 1 Navel Orange sliced thin
  • 1 cup Frozen Cranberries
  • 1 tbsp [Pumpkin Pie Spice]


  • Replace Ginger Ale with one bottle of your favorite champagne.
  • Feel free to add your desired amount of Vodka or Whisky for a stronger punch


  • In a 2 gallon drink jar, add 2 cups apple cider.
  • Whisk in pumpkin pie spice until any clumps are gone, then add the rest of the apple cider.
  • Add in your ginger ale or champagne.
  • Add apples, oranges, and cranberries to the jar and stir gently.
  • Refrigerate for 2-3 hours before serving cold in garnished glasses.
  • Will keep for 3-4 days in fridge in airtight container.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 205kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Sodium: 21mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g

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    1. Hello! I haven’t made it hot however doing so may take the slight carbonation out from the ginger ale or champagne so it would be best trying it that way if you were adding whisky or vodka.

  1. Hello! I’m a little confused about the amount of cider in the recipe. In the ingredients it lists one gallon of cider, but in the instructions it says only 2 cups of cider. That doesn’t seem like enough? Or is it?

    1. Thank you for pointing that out! I recently updated the post and made a mistake in the instructions. Initially you add 2 cups so you can whisk in the spice and then you add the rest. The post instructions are now updated.

  2. Would sparkling cider be a good replacement for champagne? I’m not a huge fan of ginger ale and thought that might be good. Just not sure if it would be too much with the regular apple cider.

  3. I’m wanting to make this for Thanksgiving this year but a bit confused on one point–Where do the cinnamon sticks listed in the ingredients come into play? There’s no mention of them in your recipe instructions nor in the video???

    1. You can replace the ginger ale with champagne. I like adding shots of whiskey to individual glasses of punch. Hope that helps! -Krista (Team Thyme & JOY)

  4. 4 stars
    Made this for Thanksgiving dinner. Left out the pumpkin spice. Had champagne on the side. Very refreshing! Lots of compliments.

    1. Up to you! I like replacing the ginger ale with champagne and then serving vodka on the side, so guests have the option to add as little or as much extra booze as they like. -Krista (Team Thyme & JOY)

  5. If I make this ahead won’t the ginger ale do flat? Also, how much whiskey would you add to an 8 oz glass of punch. TIA!😉

    1. Hi, Cait! When I’ve made this punch a few hours ahead of time, the ginger ale still had plenty of bubbles. If you’re making it the night before, you can combine all of the ingredients except for the ginger ale and then add it into the punch right before serving. 1.25 ounces of whiskey (2.5 tablespoons) is a good place to start for an 8-ounce glass of punch. Give it a taste and more to your liking! -Krista (Team Thyme & JOY)

  6. Two questions:
    Where do I use the cinnamon sticks?
    The store didn’t have any frozen cranberries so I got fresh ones. Do I need to do anything to soften them a bit or just substitute as is?

    1. The cinnamon sticks are for garnish, but if you want to throw a couple into your batch to infuse more flavor, go for it! 🙂 And you can throw the fresh cranberries in as-is. They’ll soften while the drink is refrigerated. -Krista (Team Thyme & JOY)

  7. 5 stars
    Thanks for this recipe! I’ve always wanted a spiked punch for thanksgiving, and decided to give it a try. Hope my family loves it!

  8. 5 stars
    I made this a week ago for Thanksgiving (11/25/21).I served the mocktail version with a few warm hors d’oeuvre when my family arrived and it was a big hit! So delicious! Thank you for posting!

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