Hot Holiday Punch

Hot Holiday Punch

A party isn’t a party without punch.

And my mom happens to make the best punch. So I, of course, borrow her recipe for all of our holiday occasions. And since we always visit with friends on New Year’s Eve, I usually bring a pot of this to simmer on the stovetop.

Not to mention it smells insanely good. The combination of baked oranges, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg fill the house with the most warming aroma ever.

Switch It Up

I’ve adapted my mom’s original recipe using 3 cups of each juice to using slightly less pineapple and orange in favour of filtered water. I prefer to use a little more water to cut down on the excess of juice calories and amount of natural sugars. By adding the honey or stevia, you’re still able to have a beautifully sweet punch.

When I’m feeling super festive I’ll even make two versions of this punch. Instead of using orange and pineapple juices, I’ll sub in an equal amount of pomegranate juice. I love the idea of offering either an orange or red punch. I usually add pomegranate seeds to each cup as a garnish, too.

Hot Holiday Punch

Hot apple cider, orange juice, and pineapple juice make for a warming and festive holiday punch.

10 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

Yields 9 cups


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  • 3 cups organic apple cider
  • 1 ½ cups 100% pure pineapple juice
  • 1 ½ cups organic 100% pure orange juice
  • 3 cups filtered water
  • 2 tbsp honey (or 8-12 drops of stevia)
  • 1 apple, sliced into ½ cm rounds
  • 1 orange, sliced into 1 cm rounds (reserve one wedge for rimming glasses)
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • For rimming the glasses:
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon, ground
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • Optional, to serve:
  • Sprig rosemary
  • Star anise pod
  • Cinnamon sticks


  1. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Insert cloves into orange slices and arrange in single layer on baking sheet.
  3. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, add apple cider, water, cinnamon and nutmeg to a large pot. Bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat to a simmer and add orange and pineapple juice. Cover for 20 minutes.
  6. Add honey or stevia and mix thoroughly - adjust sweetness as needed.
  7. Pour into a punch bowl or keep on the stove top.
  8. Float apple and baked orange slices on top of the punch.
  9. To rim the glass
  10. Mix the cinnamon and coconut sugar together on a plate large enough to fit the rim of your glass.
  11. Using a piece of leftover orange (lemon wedge works too), moisten the rim of the glass.
  12. Dip the rim of the glass into the cinnamon mixture.


!To make a pomegranate version: Substitute 3 cups of pure pomegranate juice for the orange and pineapple juices.

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