Making Lemonade · Dec 22, 2013

BEST Christmas Punch Recipe: Santa’s Little Helper!

I call this perfect holiday punch recipe ‘Santa’s Little Helper’ for two reasons: one, because it’s the name of the scrappy little dog in The Simpsons and I always thought he was cute. The other is because Mama needs some Santa’s Little Helper to get through this massive pile of gifts to wrap, cookies to bake, and halls to deck. Personally, I use champagne as the bubbly in the punch but if you’re hoping NOT to have {double} visions of sugarplums dancing in your head you can substitute Sierra Mist or another lemon/lime soda to make it family friendly. However, I’ve had two glasses while writing this post so… there’s that. It’s SO good.

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BEST Christmas Punch Recipe: Santa’s Little Helper! A delicious blend of juices and a bubbly mixer make this recipe perfectly adaptable as alcoholic or non-alcoholic, and it’s SURE to be the hit of your holiday party, festive gathering or baby shower!
Author: Carrie
Recipe type: Beverage
Prep time: 5 mins Total time: 5 mins
  • 1 bottle of champagne (OR use a lemon-lime soda like Sierra Mist to make it non-alcoholic)
  • 1 bottle of Cranberry Juice Blend
  • 1 cup of sugar (try to use superfine sugar if you can find it)
  • 1 c. frozen lemonade concentrate (thawed)
  • 1 c. frozen orange juice concentrate (thawed)
  • ice
  • water (for amount, see below)
  • garnishes: lemon slices, cranberries, fresh rosemary sprigs

  1. Combine the champagne and the cranberry juice blend. Add the sugar, and stir vigorously until combined.
  2. Add the thawed concentrates, stir.
  3. If you want a strong punch you can leave as is and just add some ice. You may wish to dilute with up to three cups of water (add water to taste) depending on your personal preference. Remember adding ice will also dilute the punch a bit so don’t go overboard on both ice and water.
  4. Add your garnishes– a bag of fresh cranberries, lemon slices (wash the lemons well if including the peels), perhaps a sprig of fresh rosemary or two for a fresh kick.
  5. ** Note: You can also make this ahead of time– simply add all ingredients EXCEPT the garnishes and bubbly (either champagne or soda). Refrigerate for a few hours and add the remaining ingredients when guests arrive. **


This is the same punch featured in the galvinized beverage dispenser when I shared tips for easy holiday hosting (and the tutorial for the fairy lights!) but please note I didn’t add the lemonade and orange juice concentrate for that photo shoot so it’s darker in the photos below.

However the photos give a good idea of the various garnishes, including cranberries lemon slices.

Think Santa’s Little Helper sounds like the perfect Christmas punch recipe? It’s also great for baby showers (minus the champagne) and other festive gatherings. Champagne also makes it great for New Years.

Try this festive punch recipe and let me know what you think! Will Santa’s Little Helper be YOUR pal this holiday season? :: hiccup ::

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