Thanksgiving Punch: An Easy Pumpkin Punch Recipe

Easy Thanksgiving Punch Recipe — Everyone loves an easy punch bowl cocktail and this spiced pumpkin punch is a crowd favorite every year! You can make it for Halloween or Thanksgiving and it’s easy to prep in advance in no time!

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It’s that time of year for holiday punch! Anything that can be made into a batch cocktail recipe is a personal favorite of mine. 

Punch is great because it’s super convenient to be able to make in advance and it’s ready to serve for when guests arrive. Not to mention having a pumpkin punch bowl makes it as cute as it is tasty!

You can either make a mocktail or cocktail version depending on the crowd, and it will easily be a party favorite either way. Or both! That way there’s something for everyone. 

This particular pumpkin punch recipe has a light and refreshing taste that you can make it as spiced or as sweet as you’d like…

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Ingredients for an Easy Thanksgiving Punch Recipe

When it comes to Thanksgiving drinks, it’s all about the flavors of fall!

Our pumpkin punch recipe is made with a canned pumpkin puree, apple cider, ginger ale, orange juice, cinnamon sticks, and citrus slices. 

While there are plenty of ways to customize your Thanksgiving punch, these are the most common substitutes —

  • using pomegranate juice for a tart version of this punch recipe
  • adding apple slices for a fall feel
  • serve your pumpkin punch with whipped cream on top like pumpkin pie
  • add a splash of lemon juice to cut back on the sweetness  

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How to Make a Thanksgiving Pumpkin Punch Recipe

The beautiful thing about punch recipes is that they’re literally as easy as combining all of the ingredients together. You can serve them from your favorite punch bowl, or in this case, a pumpkin drink dispenser

This particular Thanksgiving punch is meant to be served chilled. You can combine all of the ingredients together and store in the refrigerator for a few hours prior to your guests arriving. 

One important thing to note is that the ginger ale will lose some of its carbonation if you make it too far in advance.

Be sure to add your ginger ale or sparkling substitutes just before serving so you have optimal bubbles for guests!

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How To Garnish A Thanksgiving Punch

The only thing better than a really great Thanksgiving cocktail is getting to garnish them! This is where you can really have a lot of fun. 

We kept ours simple with slices of lemon and oranges along with a half of a cinnamon stick. I love the idea of adding a mini candy pumpkin to the rim of the glass though! Especially if you’re making a mocktail version for the kiddos to have something fun to sip on.

If you want a sweeter dessert cocktail, you can serve it with a dollop of whipped cream on top and a dash of cinnamon or cloves for a little spice.

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Be sure to let us know if you make a rendition of this pumpkin punch that you absolutely love! It’s fun getting ideas of how others served theirs, garnished them, or added a playful twist.

And in case you’re looking for some other holiday inspiration to go along with this Thanksgiving punch, here are a few favorites —

Easy Thanksgiving Punch Recipe

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Easy Thanksgiving Punch Recipe

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4.74 from 23 votes
This easy Thanksgiving punch recipe is the perfect Halloween or Thanksgiving cocktail recipe for a refreshing pumpkin drink.
Total Time6 mins
Course Cocktails, Mocktails
Cuisine Punch

Equipment

  • Large punch bowl

Ingredients

  • 8 cups apple cider
  • 1 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup ginger ale
  • 2 cups spiced rum replace with 1/2 orange juice and 1/2 ginger ale if making a mocktail version
  • 1 can pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • Cinnamon sticks, orange slices and lemon slices for garnishing

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 200.58kcal | Carbohydrates: 26.55g | Protein: 0.7g | Fat: 0.36g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 11.76mg | Potassium: 273.2mg | Fiber: 1.5g | Sugar: 21.58g | Vitamin A: 5553.23IU | Vitamin C: 13.24mg | Calcium: 26.96mg | Iron: 0.81mg
Servings: 12
Calories: 200.58kcal

Notes

The only thing better than a really great Thanksgiving cocktail is getting to garnish them! This is where you can really have a lot of fun. 
We kept ours simple with slices of lemon and oranges along with a half of a cinnamon stick. 
If you want a sweeter dessert cocktail, you can serve it with a dollop of whipped cream on top. I also love the idea of adding a mini candy pumpkin to the rim of the glass too!

Instructions

  • Combining all of the ingredients together in a bowl and stir.
  • Store in the refrigerator for a few hours prior to your guests arriving since this drink is made to be served chill.

If making a mocktail:

  • Ginger ale will lose some of its carbonation if you make it too far in advance. Be sure to add that ingredient just before serving so you have optimal bubbles for guests!
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12 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Punch: An Easy Pumpkin Punch Recipe”

    • Hi Nikki! The cocktail glasses are from Home Goods. We purchased them last year so we don’t have a current link to them. Hope this helps!

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  1. We actually just made this this past weekend for a small got together and it was a HUGE hit. Seriously everyone who tried it was begging for the recipe. Awesome flavors!5 stars

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  2. This is the first time I’ve had a punch like this. It was so good. Can’t wait to share it with my family at Thanksgiving.5 stars

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    • Thanks, Betsy! Pumpkin is definitely a “different” punch flavor but that’s why we wanted to make something unique! Glad you enjoyed it.

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