Jingle Juice

jingle juice recipeLast night, I had my Spice Up Your Holidays get together. This time of year is really crazy, and I have been traveling a ton so I wanted to do something small, relaxed, and serve things that I could make ahead of time so that I could actually enjoy my guests and not get stressed out about it. I love having a big and festive party, but I also really love having something laid back and cozy.

For the drink portion of the contest, I wanted to make a rum punch. I was looking around for a great punch recipe, and could not find one that had everything that I wanted in it. So, I took the things that I liked about a few recipes and made my own version. I wanted some spice that would go well with the Captain Morgan, citrus be the main fruit component, and not have it be cloyingly sweet. This my friends, was a winner. I heard Martha Stewart speak awhile back and someone asked her what she thinks that she makes really well, she said without hesitation – a cocktail. She said that the key to her cocktails is to always use fresh juice. And wouldn’t you know, Martha is on to something. It really makes a huge difference. If you do not have the time, I promise that it will still be great with bottled juice. If you want, you can squeeze everything earlier in the day and simply pour it all together right before you serve it.

Think of this as a citrus sangria. It is so beautiful that it you do not need another thing on the table for decoration. And seriously, how fun is the name? You don’t just have to serve this during the holiday season, but if you do, I expect the party to be festive and full of good cheer. A true step up from the Jungle Juice of days gone by. You know what I am talking about, don’t judge.

jingle juice recipeCitrus Sugar:

1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 teaspoon grapefruit zest
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Punch:

3/4 cup Citrus Sugar
1 cup lime juice
1 cup lemon juice
2 cups orange juice
1 cup grapefruit juice
1 cup mango nectar
1 cup pineapple juice
3 3/4 cups Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
2 1/4 cup Grand Marnier
1 1/2 cups Amaretto
3 cups sparkling water
orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit slices, frozen cranberries for garnish

jingle juice recipeThis is a terrible iPhone picture of an ice ring that I started the night before. I just filled a container with slices of fruit and cranberries and let it freeze solid. This prevents the punch from getting watery by adding a lot of ice cubes, and it looks pretty.

jingle juice recipeMake the citrus sugar by combining the sugar, zests, ginger and cinnamon. Rub the zest between your fingers to release the oils. Let sit at room temperature for 4 hours or up to a a few days in an airtight container.

jingle juice recipePeel the skins off of the fruit and juice. Just an aside, I love this juicer. I attempted to do a juice cleanse, turns out making juice for boozy drinks is more my speed.

jingle juice recipeI squeeze everything ahead of time and put in a pitcher. I keep it icy cold in the fridge. Just give it a shake before you pour it into the punch bowl. I also do the same with the liquors too. I like everything to be really cold.

jingle juice recipeAnother trick that I picked up recently was from food stylist extraordinaire, Tami Hardeman, do not use soap on glass for photos, but white vinegar. No streaks! Worked like a charm.

https://www.runningwithtweezers.com/Make the punch by adding the sugar to the bottom on the punch bowl.

jingle juice recipePour in the juice and stir to start to dissolve the sugar.

jingle juice recipePour in the alcohol. And the sparkling water.

jingle juice recipeRemember the ice ring we made? Dip the bottom of the container in some water for about 10 seconds. The ice should pop right out.

jingle juice recipeAdd the ice ring to the punch to keep everything nice and cold.

jingle juice recipeGarnish with frozen cranberries and fruit slices. Give it a taste, just to make sure that it tastes okay and is balanced. Or to just because you want to.

jingle juice recipe

Jingle Juice

Jingle Juice

Yield: serves 10 to 12

Jingle Juice - Make a big punch bowl of this for your holiday party and it will get festive real fast. Citrus sugar, fresh juices and lots of booze can't ever go wrong.

Ingredients

Citrus Sugar:

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon grapefruit zest
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Punch:

  • 3/4 cup Citrus Sugar
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup grapefruit juice
  • 1 cup mango nectar
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 3 3/4 cups Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
  • 2 1/4 cup Grand Marnier
  • 1 1/2 cups Amaretto
  • 3 cups sparkling water
  • orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit slices, frozen cranberries for garnish

Instructions

  1. Make the citrus sugar by combining the sugar, zests, ginger and cinnamon. Rub the zest between your fingers to release the oils. Let sit at room temperature for 4 hours or up to a a few days in an airtight container.
  2. Peel the skins off of the fruit and juice.
  3. I squeeze everything ahead of time and put in a pitcher. I keep it icy cold in the fridge. Just give it a shake before you pour it into the punch bowl. I also do the same with the liquors too. I like everything to be really cold.
  4. Make the punch by adding the sugar to the bottom on the punch bowl. Pour in the juice and stir to start to dissolve the sugar. Pour in the alcohol.
  5. Remember the ice ring we made? Dip the bottom of the container in some water for about 10 seconds. The ice should pop right out.
  6. Garnish with frozen cranberries and fruit slices. Give it a taste, just to make sure that it tastes okay and is balanced. Or to just because you want to.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 0 Total Fat: 0g

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86 Comments

  • Looks beautiful! Do you remove the zest from the sugar before adding to the punch bowl? If so do you have any tricks for getting it out?

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  • Love the play on ‘jungle juice’ (Ahh college memories). This looks delicious and so festive!

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  • Citrus sangria?! YES PLEASE! I may need like 5 glasses of these!

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  • Hi Bree, You’re site is so fun. You’ve been busy since E.City! Kids are gorgeous too. Wish I could have a swig of your holiday drink above.

    Our youngest son is Morgan so I had to laugh at the Captain Morgan pictures.

    Here is a fun blog I posted today about birthday parties. You may enjoy the part about my mom’s square cake pans.

    https://www.zquaredaway.com/birthday-parties/

    Cheers! Bobbi

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  • I am in love with so many things about this post: the festive colors, the fresh juice (yes!), the amazing ice ring, the perfect name, and the fact that you wanted a punch that wasn’t too sweet (a frequent headache-causing problem in my book) This looks and sounds like holiday merriment in a cup (and what a cute punch cup it is!).

    We’re celebrating our favorite holiday recipes this month on the Shine Supper Club and a recipe like this would be a perfect contribution. I hope you’ll join us!

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  • Festive, gorgeous and delicious sounding! I’d love to try that!

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  • This looks sooooo goood but sadly I am pregnant this year and cannot drink it! Is there a way I could make a version sans alcohol, maybe less sugar and no alcohol? (and also make this for the lucky people who can drink it!)

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    • Of course! Juice and sparkling water and lots of fruit. Maybe an orange and almond syrup?

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  • what do you think it would taste like if it was topped with some prosecco? I prefer “fizzy”, so was curious if you think it would be okay to top it off with a bit of bubbly.
    Thanks!

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  • Love this!!! Question…did u omit the sparkling water? It’s in the ingredient list but not part of your instructions! I’m assuming its added last.???

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  • I have that exact same juicer for the exact same reasons! I may have to drag it out if the cupboard to repurpose it!
    The punch is beautiful and yummy I’m sure!

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  • I love the idea of this punch, but what about those of us that don’t ‘drink’? How could/would you change this to be yummy for us? It’s very pretty and would be great on a holiday party table.

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  • I just popped on over to your blog because I thought the same was so creative and cute…and then I see a fantastic and festive punch named JINGLE JUICE?!?!? I mean, could that be any cuter? You are now my new best friend 🙂

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  • Hello! I am having a Christmas party with about 40-50 people. How many people does this recipe serve? Should I triple the recipe? or more?

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  • This just might be another Christmas tradition in our home! Excellent instructions and photographs btw.

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  • Hi there,

    This looks amazing! I would like to make it for a Christmas party. We are having about 15-20 people. Do you think I could make the recipe as is or double it?

    Thank you!

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    • It depends if you are having other things to drink. If it is the only thing being offered, I’d double it.

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  • Your Jingle Juice willbe perfect for my Christmas gathering. It’t so festive, can’t wait to make it!

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  • This looks delicious! What do you do if you don’t own a juicer!?

    Thanks in advance! 🙂

    Cat

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  • Can I have the whole thing!? 🙂 It looks SO GOOD, BREE! And your photography is stunning! Pinned!

    Captain. Grand’Ma, Amaretto. My Bff’s. Seriously!

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  • This stuff is amazing. I made it for a holiday party and it went over like gangbusters. The punch is already very strong, but the fruit juice cuts the flavor so well that you can add more boose without really effecting the flavor. This stuff will knock out even the most alcoholic of friends.

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  • This looks absolutely amazing! About how many servings does it make, I’m having a small get together and don’t want to be swimming in jingle juice for a week after.

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    • I’d be careful, maraschino cherries are incredibly sweet. I’d rinse them really well. I’m also pretty sure they won’t float like cranberries will.

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  • This looks amazing! But what would you suggest as a replacement for the alchohol?ginger ale,7up or something else?

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  • I have one quick question in the citrus sugar you use 1 1/2 cups sugar in the punch it is 3/4. My question is you are not adding all of the citus sugar in the punch. Extra for another batch?

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    • I made this a long time ago, and am a little fuzzy about the details. I think that it is to add more depending on how sweet your fruit is. Or you can rim glasses with it.

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  • Awesome recipe. Going to make this for a Christmas party. I’m borrowing a juicer from someone as we don’t have one. Do you have any idea of approximately how many of each type of fruit I will need to get that amount of juice?

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    • The amount of juice you get from fruit varies greatly. Wish I could be more helpful.

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  • I made this. We had a lot of happy Christmas guest this year. Hugh hit.

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    • I am so glad! I made it too. And had to make another bowl in the middle of the party. Thankfully, I had plenty of juice squeezed.

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  • I made this fantastic punch for two holiday parties this year already and it has been the number one hit! It goes down so smoothly and looks so festive. I also pulled out my breville and it worked so well for this drink – well work the extra effort! This drink will become my holiday staple!

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    • I am so glad that you love this punch as much as I do. Last year we had a Christmas Eve party for 80 people and I had to make it twice throughout the night. I thankfully had juiced a ton earlier in the day and it was all ready to go. It looked so pretty on the table and everyone loves it. And it makes for happy people at your party. 🙂

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  • Made this exactly as directed for our holiday party and everyone absolutely loved it! Looks beautiful in the punch bowl and tastes awesome! Definitely saving this recipe, thank you!

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    • You are welcome! It’s so good and really beautiful and doubles as a centerpiece.

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  • Legit speechless, this Jingle Juice looks unreal! I’m seriously so inspired right now. Definitely I will prep it on the weekend for my family. Thx!

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  • Gorgeous looking drinkl! It sounds so delicious too. Can’t wait to try these, everyone will love them.

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  • That “Jingle Juice” is so Instagrammable and adorable! I made it a short while ago and it was lovely! Thx for sharing, Bree!

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