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Icy Holiday Punch

Pull out the punchbowl for this rosy thirst-quencher that dazzles at Christmas parties. This fun prep-ahead beverage makes any occasion a bit more special. It's delicious with apricot gelatin, too. —Margaret Matson, Metamora, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + freezing
  • Makes
    30 servings (about 5-3/4 quarts)


  • 1 package (6 ounces) cherry gelatin
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 can (46 ounces) unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 6 cups cold water
  • 2 liters ginger ale, chilled


  • In a 4-qt. freezer-proof container, dissolve gelatin and sugar in boiling water. Stir in pineapple juice and cold water. Cover and freeze overnight. Remove 2 hours before serving. Place in a punch bowl; stir in ginger ale just before serving.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 89 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 19mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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  • jetluvs2cook
    Feb 5, 2017

    Very festive drink! Always at our family Christmas meal!! Like others said, make sure to allow enough time for it to thaw!

  • Kirra
    Nov 25, 2016

    The icy, frothiness of the drink is fun. But it is quite sweet. I think it is too sweet, at least for grownups. I would only make it for kids (at least without modifying it to make it less sweet.) I'm surprised that so many adults say they love it.

  • youthought
    Mar 12, 2016

    I have made this many times as is ,and it is everyone's favorite drink at our birthday parties :) it's also very easy to make !

  • drufen
    Jan 2, 2014

    Made this for three events over the holidays. Everyone loved it. Simple to make and very tasty. If you freeze for longer than overnight, allow more than two hours to thaw. This recipe is a keeper and I will use again often.

  • BizzerBoo
    Oct 21, 2013

    This is a GREAT holiday punch...and so easy to make! Have made it at our campground Holiday dinners for two years now, and it's a big hit! Everyone loves it!

  • 4theloveofit
    Jul 21, 2013

    This was a hit at my sons pool party! It was a nice cool treat to drink on a hot day. I didn't change a thing and it was just right.

  • 3samoyed
    Mar 30, 2013

    I have been making this recipe for years-it is always a hit. I omit the sugar and use 3 c. cold water and 3 cups of a red juice instead of 6 cups water. Much better. This recipe is so versatile. In the fall I use orange jello and 3 cups cold water and 3 cups orange juice. In the spring I use a 3 oz. pkg. of lemon jello and a 3 oz. pkg. of lime jello along with 2 cups water, 2 cups lemonade, and 2 cups limeade. I get many many requests for the recipe.

  • poohbear67
    Feb 8, 2013

    Punch was great. Everyone loved it including myself. I was sceptical because I dont like anything cherry but was very suprised. I am making it again for a 70th birthday party.

  • AmyE007
    Dec 27, 2012

    Made this on Christmas and my whole family loved this punch. I froze the mixture in a gallon ice cream bucket and this made it an easy shape to dump into a punch bowl. I would recommend (especially in cold areas like mine - Minnesota) to take the mixture out of the freezer sooner than 2-3 hours before as it was still a frozen brick when I went to serve it 2.5 hours after removing from the freezer. I definately have added this very delicous recipe to my permanent recipe box.

  • karrirose
    Aug 2, 2012

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