Pink Citrus Punch {Christmas Punch}

Pink Citrus Punch, deemed Christmas Punch in our family, combines the flavors of pineapple, orange, lemon, and cherry for a pink, festive drink perfect for a celebration! This punch is great for baby or bridal showers too.

Pink Citrus Punch

I have always loved punch, especially punch with orange sherbet. It’s like having a dessert and a drink in one. Punch reminds me of holidays and special occasions (like this Witches Brew Punch we have every Halloween).

Pink Citrus Punch
Christmas Punch

When I was a kid, I was looking through my mom’s recipe cards and found a punch recipe. I immediately asked her if we could make it for Christmas Eve, where we were hosting a party with appetizers and party food.

Christmas Punch

I started calling this punch Christmas Punch, and the name stuck. We have had this punch every Christmas Eve since, and we serve the leftover punch (if there is any!) on Christmas Day. Our family has also served this punch at Bridal and Baby Showers because of it’s pretty pink color, so Pink Citrus Punch seems more fitting a title.

Pink Citrus Punch in a ladle, Christmas Punch

We keep this punch non-alcoholic for the kids, but each adult is welcome to add alcohol to his/her own cup. Amaretto is a popular choice, and I think a clear rum would work well too.  

Recipe Details

As with most punch recipes, this couldn’t be easier. I like to mix the punch in a punch bowl, but you could use any large bowl or container.

Pink Citrus Punch Ingredients

First, the water, cherry Kool Aid Mix, sugar, orange juice concentrate, lemonade concentrate, and pineapple juice are stirred together until the sugar dissolves. You may think this recipe already has so much sugar from the juice that you do not need the extra sugar. The purpose of the sugar is to complete the cherry Kool Aid recipe: mix, sugar, and water. We have tried cutting down on the sugar before, and it’s just not as good. You can always play around with the amount of sugar to suit your taste.

Once the sugar is dissolved, the sherbet is scooped on top. Then the ginger ale is poured around and on top of the scoops. Gently stir the punch, and serve.

Christmas Punch, Pink Citrus Punch

What to Do with Leftover Punch

Pink Citrus Punch, Christmas Punch in a glass

We pour the leftover punch from Christmas Eve into a pitcher and refrigerate it. For many years when my sister and I were kids, my mom would serve the leftover punch in glasses with our Christmas morning breakfast. We would add some fresh sherbet and ginger ale to revive it.

Pink Citrus Punch, Christmas Punch in a glass

Now that my sister and I have our own families, I save the leftover punch to serve on Christmas Day in the afternoon when we gather at my house to open gifts. Now that my sister is married, she spends Christmas Eve with her husband’s family, so she looks forward to having the leftover punch!

Pink Citrus Punch PIN christmas punch

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Pink Citrus Punch

Pink Citrus Punch

Called Christmas Punch in our family, a delicious festive punch with the flavors of orange, pineapple, lemon, and cherry. It's perfect for the holidays or any special occasion.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 12 or more


  • 1 package cherry Kool Aid
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 ounces frozen orange juice concentrate (1/2 can)
  • 3 ounces frozen lemonade concentrate (1/4 can)
  • 23 ounces canned pineapple juice (1/2 large can)
  • 2 quarts water (8 cups )
  • 7 ounces ginger ale (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 quart orange sherbet


  • Combine the first 6 ingredients in a punch bowl and stir until sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Scoop the orange sherbet onto the surface of the punch.
  • Pour the ginger ale over and around the sherbet to make a nice, bubbly foam. Add more sherbet and ginger ale to taste.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Source: Adapted from a recipe by family friend Jeanette A.
You’re Gonna Bake It After All
Keyword drink, holiday, party

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