Festive Christmas Punch Recipe

festive christmas punch recipe

A festive Christmas punch recipe made with Southern Comfort, 7-Up, lemon juice, orange juice, and lemonade. Serve this fruit punch for a holiday brunch or an evening Christmas party.

You know, occasions with punch seem to be few and far between these days. So, if you spot a bowl punch offered at a party, go ahead and have a glass (or maybe two). I place this in the vintage recipe area, because I feel like punch is a nice treat, easy to make, and serves a crowd. There are fond memories of this recipe being served back in the 70’s and 80’s.

I like this recipe because sometimes Southern Comfort is way too sweet on its own. By adding the tart juices of lemon and orange and the fizz of the 7-Up, it cuts down the sweetness to where most people will like it better.

Also, by adding a few drops of red food coloring, it helps to enhance the mood of the party. Without the food coloring, this drink is a rather dull orange color, which I did not find that appealing on its own. I added an additional 2-3 drops of food coloring more than the recipe called for to deepen the color.

A big red bowl of punch on the table just says party to me. You can serve it in just about any type of glassware, including wine glasses as I used in the picture. Just use whatever you have on hand. They also have some nice looking plastic stemware out there these days that can work well too.

Place some garland or fresh cranberries and glitter around the bottom edge of the punch bowl for some additional sparkle and enjoy this great tasting punch recipe. Decorate around the punch bowl to match the theme of your party.

If you feel the punch is too strong, add more 7-Up. The ratios of the punch ingredients are a bit stronger to compensate for adding an ice ring or ice cubes, which will dilute the punch.

Reader Comments:

“I have made this many times, it’s great. This recipe used to be on the back of the Southern Comfort bottle. It’s been many years since I’ve made this, but it will be the hit at my Birthday Party. :)” – Ann

Festive Christmas Punch Recipe | Open House Punch

Festive Christmas Punch Recipe - Open House Punch
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Festive Christmas Punch - Open House Punch
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Serves: 22-6 ounce servings
  • 1 fifth Southern Comfort (about 3 cups)
  • 3 quarts pre-chilled 7-Up
  • 6 ounces of fresh lemon juice
  • 1-6 ounce can of frozen orange juice
  • 1-6 ounce can of frozen lemonade
  • 7-8 drops of red food coloring
  1. Mix all ingredients in a large punch bowl and stir until combined, adding 7-Up last.
  2. Add 7-8 drops of red food coloring or more as desired.
  3. Add ice cubes or block of ice.

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About the author

Laura Warnke

Laura Warnke is a mom, wife, and Midwest cook that enjoys sharing many of her family's favorite comfort food recipes. She grew up on a farm in Wisconsin and loves to bring that farm-style home cooking to your table.

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