Rudolph’s Tipsy Punch is a festive holiday vodka drink. This Christmas cocktail recipe is great for party entertaining and it can easily be made kid-friendly.
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Let’s admit it, sometimes we need a cocktail to get us through the holidays. Yes, it’s fun but can be overwhelming too. That’s why I put together this fun cocktail for you to enjoy. Who doesn’t love a festive cocktail to celebrate the season? I can’t wait to hear how much you like it!
Rudolph’s Tipsy Punch
Basically, this is a festive twist on a classic Vodka Cranberry drink. I added a little tart, a little fizz, and a little sweet. Although cranberry is the main component, you can make this drink all year. You may not find fresh cranberries to garnish, but cranberry juice is readily available. This recipe has just the right mixture of sweet and tart.
I’m a fan of cranberries as you can tell by these recipes.
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What about a garnish?
It’s a fun way to garnish this drink is with fresh cranberries and a sprig of rosemary. I just took wooden skewers and thread the cranberries on it then added it to the drink. You can find the wooden skewers here.
I served these in stemless wine glasses, but you can use rocks glasses, high-ball glasses, or whatever you have on hand.
How do I make this drink kid-friendly?
To make it kid-friendly just omit the vodka. You can add more juice or more 7UP or Sprite if you prefer.
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Rudolph's Tipsy Punch
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- 2 cups orange juice chilled
- 3 cups cranberry juice chilled (like this)
- 2 cups ginger ale 7UP or Sprite
- 1.5 cups vodka chilled
- ½ cup maraschino cherry juice chilled
- 1 large lemon, juiced about ¼ cup
- cranberries or maraschino cherries, and/or rosemary sprigs for garnish optional
- Combine all the ingredients in a large pitcher or punch bowl. Stir well.
- Serve over ice and garnish with cranberries or maraschino cherries and/or a rosemary sprig.
My new favorite punch.
Thank you so much!
I don’t like maraschino cherries. Any suggestions for substitution, or can I just leave out the cherry juice?
You can leave it out or substitute simple syrup
Has anyone ever tried this with rum instead?
This is delish!!
I wondered if I made this a couple of days before drinking it, if the soda would have a flat affect on the drink. Or is it best to make it and drink it in the same day?
Yes, it’ll go flat. Make it the same day or wait to add the soda until just before serving.
Therese Whitehurst says
This sounds great! Where do I find maraschino cherry juice? Is this the same as tart cherry juice?
I used the juice from the cherry jar like this https://bit.ly/3yKKzll or you can use cherry syrup like this https://bit.ly/3sjFTSj or grenadine like this https://bit.ly/32kZ03c
Very tasty punch !! Will be adding it to my recipe collection.
Sounds delicious Paula! Just to clarify, you used unsweetened cranberry juice?
Yes, I used this https://amzn.to/3pXgKtF
Did you use cranberry juice cocktail or plain cranberry juice?
plain cranberry juice is what I used. Either would work.
I made this last night for a small, three person gathering and everybody loved this cocktail! Not super sweet. Perfect amount of tang. Can also top up with some soda water if need be. I garnished with maraschino cherry skewers and fresh rosemary!! Will make this over and over again.
Kathy Parathyras says
Hi – This sounds delicious! Can you tell me what to do with the lemon?
Yes, juice it and use the juice in the punch.
Kathy Parathyras says
Thanks! Will be making this for Christmas!!