Don’t Judge Me Mondays: Cranberry Celebration Punch

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Have you ever noticed that the drink situation at Thanksgiving seems to be feast or famine?  You either have barely enough, or so much left over that you feel like you’ll drown in all that wine and sparkling cider!  Well as I mentioned yesterday this week is all about using up your Thanksgiving leftovers.  That includes the drinks!  I’ve created a punch that uses white wine, sparkling cider and even has a cranberry garnish.  If you have all the stuff you could even make a batch for your signature thanksgiving drink- one less thing to worry about!

This punch is made in a pitcher which makes it easy and ready to pour.  It’ll stay fresh for at least 6 hours, so you can certainly make it ahead if you’re serving it to guests.

Start by freezing the cranberries.  The cranberries actually serve two purposes: they will keep the punch cool and they add a nice pop of color.  As you pour the punch into glasses, keep the cranberries in the pitcher.  They are WAY too tart to eat raw!

Pour your wine into the pitcher.  I recommend a slightly dry white wine like Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc.  Chardonnay would just be too dry and Riesling way too sweet since we’re adding juice to the mix.


Now pour in the sparkling cranberry juice.  I found this brand that was more cranberry focused.  If you can only find the Martinelli’s Cranberry Apple Cider you’ll want to double the amount of orange juice to temper some of the sweetness.

Now add the orange juice and gently stir the punch.  Add the frozen cranberries and serve.






Cranberry Celebration Punch
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  • 1 bottle Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1 bottle sparkling cranberry juice
  • 6 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries


  1. Pour wine into the pitcher and add the sparkling cranberry juice.
  2. Add the orange juice and gently stir the punch.
  3. Add the frozen cranberries and serve.

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