Christmas punch

Cinnamon infused orange juice is blended with sherry, pineapple, sparkling white wine and soda water to create this spicy cocktail that makes the perfect nightcap or drink to end (or spur on) your Christmas festivities.


  • 1 litre orange juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Rind of 1 lemon
  • 2 bottles of sherry
  • 600mL pineapple juice
  • 1 bottle of sparkling white wine
  • 1.25 bottle soda water
  • Sliced oranges, lemons and fresh mint, to decorate


In a small saucepan bring 250mL of the orange juice, cinnamon stick and lemon rind to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes.

Combine sherry, the remaining 750mL orange juice and the pineapple juice.

Add the cinnamon mixture, stir and chill for several hours or overnight.

Just before serving, pour punch into chilled punch-bowl, add the bottle of sparkling white wine and of soda water.

Decorate with sliced oranges, lemons and fresh mint.


  • If this punch tastes a bit strong, try adding extra fruit juice or soda water to soften it down a bit. Since this punch is a bit potent, remember to remind your guests not to drink and drive.
  • This recipe was created by Melissa Hughes for Kidspot, New Zealand’s best recipe finder.

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