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Bourbon Punch

Bourbon lovers get ready for the perfect Holiday Bourbon Punch recipe! This crowd-pleasing mix of bourbon, sweet tea, and citrus notes will bring seasonal spirit to your Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations. Enjoy!

Bourbon Punch

We put a bottle of Four Roses Bourbon in front of us and decided to make a holiday punch surrounding the smooth flavor of the bourbon. The bourbon has hints of pear and apple that compliment the floral aromas and are mixed with a taste of honey and spice.

This Holiday Bourbon Punch is perfect for the Fall and Winter hitting those taste notes of the seasons. I added apple cider and cinnamon-spiced orange tea to make this festive holiday punch.

We set out all of our favorite Holiday flavors on the table and spent the afternoon taste-testing to come up with the perfect holiday punch.

holiday bourbon punch

Tis the season to sip something special! When one of our friends said “It’s like the holidays in a glass!” we knew we had to bottle that sentiment. Carefully crafting the perfect combination of flavors, we created a delicious Christmas Bourbon Punch. It’s just the thing for your next holiday party—and it’s guaranteed to be a hit! Raise a glass and cheers to the season!

Notice the different pictures. I made this again because it is the best holiday punch recipe. A friend was having a pig roast and I brought the punch. I knew my bourbon punch recipe was a crowd-pleaser and made that batch with Knob Creek Bourbon.

Last year, this crowd went wild for it, and it’s no surprise – the punch is festive and makes for some stunning cocktails! Perfect for any bourbon-lovers gathering.

Ingredients for Bourbon Punch

This punch is a 2 part recipe. You need to make the Orange Spiced Sweet Tea, then the Bourbon Punch.

  • Bourbon – We used Four Roses Bourbon for this Bourbon Punch Recipe.
  • Apple Cider
  • Orange Spiced Sweet Tea – Ingredients for this recipe are below.
  • Fresh Cranberries
  • Fresh Oranges – Cut into slices.
  • Fresh Rosemary

Ingredients for the Orange Spiced Sweet Tea

  • 4 cups water
  • 2 family-sized black tea bags.
  • 1 orange peel
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 whole clove
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 6 cups ice
Bourbon Punch

How to Make Bourbon Punch

Make this Orange Spiced Sweet Tea to delight your Bourbon-loving friends!

Simply place water, tea bags, orange peel, a cinnamon stick, and cloves in a pot, bring to a boil, remove from heat, and let brew for 3-4 minutes.

Remove the tea bags, peel, cinnamon stick, and cloves, pour the tea into a pitcher and add sugar and ice.

Stir until the ice melts completely, then let the tea chill in the fridge until ready to use for the Bourbon Holiday Punch. Cheers!

Now it is time to mix together the punch.

In a large punch bowl, mix together 2 quarts of apple cider, 3/4 cup of bourbon, 1 quart of Orange Spiced Sweet Tea, and 1 cup of water.

Then, add 3 cups of ice, 4-5 orange slices, and 1/2 cup of cranberries for a flavorful punch that’s sure to be a hit.

Place garnishes on a serving plate and keep glasses and ice nearby for guests to serve themselves.

Now you’re ready to enjoy your delicious bourbon punch!

Cocktail Garnishes for Holiday Bourbon Punch

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Bourbon Punch Recipe

Bourbon Punch

Bourbon Punch

Yield: 16
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes

This Holiday Bourbon Punch for a crowd is mixed with bourbon, sweet tea, and citrus notes making it the perfect Holiday Punch Recipe for Thanksgiving and Christmas


  • 2 quarts apple cider
  • 1/2 cup water, *optional.
  • 2 quarts Orange Spiced Sweet Tea, recipe follows
  • 750 ml Bourbon
  • Garnishes: orange slices, cranberries, rosemary sprigs

Orange Spiced Sweet Tea

  • 4 cups water
  • 2 family sized black tea bags.
  • 1 orange peel
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 whole clove
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 6 cups ice


Orange Spiced Sweet Tea Instructions:

  1. In a pot place water, tea bags, orange peel, cinnamon stick, and clove; bring to a boil. Once it starts to boil remove from heat and let brew for 3-4 minutes.
  2. Remove tea bags, peel, cinnamon stick, and clove. Pour the tea into a large pitcher.
  3. Add the sugar and ice and stir until ice melts completely.
  4. Refrigerate until you are ready to make the Bourbon Holiday Punch.

Holiday Bourbon Punch Instructions:

  1. In a large punch bowl mix together the apple cider, *water, bourbon, and Orange Spiced Sweet Tea.
  2. Add 3 cups ice, 4-5 orange slices and 1/2 cup cranberries to the punch.
  3. Place garnishes on a serving plate.
  4. Have glasses and ice available for guests to serve themselves.


*Add 1/2 cup water to thin the consistency of the cocktail. 

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 215Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 13mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 3gSugar: 27gProtein: 1g

All amounts are estimates and DailyAppetite takes no responsibility for actual figures since calculations vary by packaging and supplier.

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