What better way to celebrate on Christmas morning than with this alcoholic Christmas morning punch? Bubbly ginger ale and sparkling wine pair with peach, orange, and mint flavors in this festive holiday drink–much like a mimosa but with some yummy, fruity additions.
With a little preparation beforehand, this punch recipe comes together quickly and is certain to please a crowd. This fruity cocktail is a perfect, light addition to your Christmas morning breakfast or brunch with your adult guests.
Why an alcoholic beverage with brunch you ask? A mimosa (orange juice spiked with champagne) has become a popular brunch drink to continue the celebration from the night prior.
In 1961, the mimosa was apparently popularized by the royals. It eventually spread to New York by the Europeans and in 1968, was introduced at a Sunday brunch at the Shanty Pub in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey. Morning drinking has actually been around for hundreds of years but this seems to be when and where the trend of orange juice and bubbly in the a.m. started. Within a few years, it started to become a brunch staple across the country.
Keep in mind that this recipe does require a bit of forethought, as you will need to freeze your peach slices beforehand and ensure that your sparkling wine and ginger ale are chilled. This can all be prepped the night before or within an hour of serving.
Once these steps are taken, the recipe comes together beautifully in a pitcher or punch bowl for a fun and festive treat that is best served immediately.
You can also easily scale up the recipe depending on the gathering size. Double, triple or even quadruple the recipe if using a punch bowl for a larger number of guests, or hold it in a basic pitcher for a small gathering.
For guests that prefer to avoid alcohol, you can always prepare a second alternative, labeled pitcher with an increased ginger ale content and minus the champagne. This is also a great solution for kids that want to drink what the grown-ups are drinking.
Try adding some frozen cranberries to the glass as a garnish. They will enhance the festive quality of the punch with their deep red frosty hue.
This recipe is delicious alongside just about any breakfast food, whether you want to get fancy or keep it simple with pancakes, bacon, and eggs.
Did this holiday punch brighten your breakfast spread? Let us know what you thought of it in the comments and remember to drink responsibly!
Christmas Morning Punch
- 1 cup canned sliced peaches
- 1 cup canned peach syrup
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 can ginger ale (12 oz.) - chilled
- 1 bottle dry sparkling wine (25 oz.) - Prosecco, cava or champagne – chilled
- 1 orange - thinly sliced
- Fresh mint leaves - to garnish
- Remove 1 cup of peach slices from the jar. Reserve 1 cup of the peach syrup.
- Place the peaches spaced apart on a wax paper lined baking sheet. Transfer to the freezer until the peaches are solid.
- Add the frozen peach slices, peach syrup and orange juice to a pitcher or punch bowl.
- Slowly pour the ginger ale in and then the sparkling wine. Give it a gentle mix.
- Add the orange slices and fresh mint leaves.
- Serve immediately!
- You can easily scale up this recipe depending on the size of your gathering.
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