Apple ginger punch is a delicious concoction of apple cider, ginger beer, pomegranate juice, bourbon, and sparkling wine.
Punch doesn’t have the same meaning as it once did when I was a kid.
Punch used to mean super sweet juice that made made my tongue red.
Now when I hear punch, I’m hoping the word bourbon (or tiki) proceeds it.
With Halloween over and done with, the holiday season is upon us!
In a matter of weeks we’ll be eating turkey, stuffing, and all the wonderful pies and desserts associated with end of the year.
Before we eat, a drink is in order. Let’s cheers with a cup or two of this apple ginger punch!
Apple Ginger Bourbon Punch
There are no rules when it comes to punch. You can mix up whatever you’d like.
Use the season as inspiration, use your favorite fruits and scents, or mix up whatever you have in kitchen.
Just be sure to incorporate three key ingredients: booze, a little something sweet, and a touch of tart.
This apple ginger punch is exactly what I want to be sipping on come Thanksgiving day.
While it’s a bit boozy due to mixture of sparkling wine, bourbon, ginger liqueur, and orange liqueur, it is well balanced by the fresh apple cider, pomegranate juice, and lemon juice.
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Use your choice of whiskey or bourbon. Aged rum is another good option.
- I suggest using Grand Marnier or Cointreau. This adds a nice floral citrus note.
- The most recognizable brand of ginger liqueur is Domaine de Canton. You can’t miss it’s interestingly shaped bottled on display.
- It’s a brandy-based liqueur with spicy ginger flavor mellowed with vanilla and honey.
- POM Wonderful is the most popular brand of pomegranate juice.
- Use 100% pomegranate juice!
- The labeling of apple cider and apple juice varies from state to state.
- For this recipe, I suggest using “unfiltered apple juice.”
- This juice is a bit cloudier and thicker than your standard apple juice.
- Apple cider should only have one ingredient: apples!
- Ginger beer is a sweet, carbonated drink. It has more a ginger kick than ginger ale.
- However, ginger ale may be substituted in this recipe for a more mellow ginger flavor.
- I suggest using Bundaberg Ginger Beer or Fever-Tree Ginger Beer.
- Use a dry sparkling wine labeled “BRUT.”
- Brut has the least amount of added sweeteness.
- Options include: Prosecco, Cava, Brut, or Extra Brut sparkling wines
Before serving, I like to add a couple cinnamon sticks in the punch bowl to make it a bit more festive.
It also helps to add a nice aroma without overpowering the flavors of the punch.
Apple Ginger Bourbon Punch
- 8 oz (1 cup) whiskey or bourbon of choice
- 2 oz Grand Marnier (or other orange liqueur)
- 2 oz Domaine de Canton (or other ginger liqueur)
- 4 oz (1/2 cup) pomegranate juice
- 16 oz (2 cups) apple cider*
- 2 Tablespoons + 2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 8 oz (1 cup) ginger beer, (non-alcoholic), chilled
- 16 oz (2 cups) dry sparkling wine, (like champagne), chilled
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 1 medium orange, sliced
- 1 lemon, sliced
- pomegranate seeds
- In a large bowl or pitcher, combine bourbon, orange liqueur, ginger liqueur, pomegranate juice, apple cider, and lemon juice. Keep chilled until ready to serve.
- Pour contents in a large serving bowl with a giant ice mold. Before serving, add ginger beer and dry sparkling wine. Garnish punch bowl with cinnamon sticks, orange slices, lemon slices, and pomegranate seeds. Enjoy immediately!
Thanksgiving is all about family and friends sharing a meal together.
Food blogs from all over are coming together to share one or more recipes to bring to the party. It’s similar to a potluck dinner party, only virtual.
Check out the links below or follow along on social media using the hashtag #blogsgivingdinner.