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Christmas Punch

In the 17th century, employees of the British East India Company discovered punch, a beguiling combination of spirits, water, lemon, sugar, and spices that became synonymous with good cheer and festive celebrations all over Europe. Here, pomegranate and lemon sharpen the sunny New World flavor of cranberries.

  • servings: 16




  • 2 cups chilled pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup chilled cranberry juice
  • 8 ounces (1 cup) vodka
  • 8 ounces (1 cup) Cointreau or other orange-flavored liqueur
  • 1 cup chilled club soda
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (from 6 lemons)
  • 1/2 cup Simple Syrup


  1. Step 1

    Combine pomegranate and cranberry juice, vodka, Cointreau, club soda, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a punch bowl. Fill glasses with cranberries frozen in ice cubes, and serve. Garnish with lemon slices if desired.

Martha Stewart Living, December 2009



Reviews (2)

  • 22 Dec, 2013

    Made 2 double batches of this for a holiday party. There wasn't a drop left. Followed the recipe exactly and it was delicious. And I got over my fear of making simple syrup...yes, it was very simple. Highly recommend!

  • 24 Dec, 2011

    WONDERFUL! We served this at our annual Christmas Eve-Eve Dinner and it was a HUGE hit!!! Everyone loved it!!! Thanks Martha and team for yet another home run!!! (PS This is SO easy for a time of year when EVERYTHING is complicated!!!)