Healthy Christmas Punch
This Healthy Sparkling Christmas Punch is a fun twist on the classic version - but made with wholesome ingredients that is perfect for kids ages 1 and up!
Servings: 12 servings
For a Glass
- 2 oz good quality organge juice
- 1 oz pineapple juice
- 1 oz cherry or pomegranate juice
- 3-4 oz sparkling water or seltzer
For a Pitcher
- 2 cups good quality orange juice
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- 1 cup cherry or pomegranate juice
- 36 ounces sparkling water or seltzer
- slices of lime, lemon and/or oranges (optional)
- ice, for the pitcher
- chopped fruit or berries (see below for suggestions)
- 12 sticks or cocktail stirrers (cut off any pointy ends)
For a Glass
Pour the organe juice, pineapple juice and cherry juice into a glass and stir. Add in a few ice cubes. Pour in the sparkling water.
Tread 4-5 pieces of chopped fruit on a stick and place on top of the drink.
For a Pitcher
Pour the orange juice, pineapple juice and cherry juice into a glass pitcher and stir. Add in 1-2 cups of ice cubes.
Place the chopped fruit on a plate along with a handful of sticks or stirring sticks for the kids to make their own fruit stick.
Pour the desired amount of juice into each kids cup and then fill the rest of the way up with sparking water. I like to keep the juice and sparkling water seperate so you can adjust the amount of juice you serve depending on your kids age. You can also add the sparkling water straight to the pitcher as well.
Age: great for toddlers and kids 1 years and up
Juices: I made this recipe with juices made with only fruit and that had no added sugar or fruit concentrate to keep the added sugar low. You can use whichever brands you feel comfortable with.
Added Honey: with that said, if your punch is just a little too tart, feel free to add in a few tablespoons of honey or agave nectar into the punch.
Storage: you can mix the juices together ahead of time and add in the slices of citrus fruit and sparking water right before serving. A pitcher of juice will stay good in the fridge for 2-3 days.
Punch Bowl: you can easily make this recipe in a punch bowl by doubling or tripling the recipe depending on how big your punch bowl is.
Fruit Sticks: I don't like to serve my kids chunks of fruit in their drinks because it might be a choking hazard. But having them make and eat the fruit off a stick makes the drink so much fun for them! Plus, it's a great activity for them to do all night long.
Here are some fruit suggestions;
Sticks for Fruit: I used these, but these would also be fun (plus, they are sparkly)
Sugar Rim: if you want to get really fancy, you an always sugar the rim of each kids glass.
- strawberries - sliced, cut in half or cut into a heart
- apples - chunks (depending on kids ages), long sticks, cut-out using a cookie cutter, plain or sprinkled with cinnamon. You can toss the cut apples in a little lemon juice to prevent browning.
- pears - chunks (depending on kids ages), long sticks, cut-out using a cookie cutter, plain or sprinkled with a little cinnamon.
- pineapple chunks
- frozen and then thawed pitted cherries - wrap them in a towel before serving to remove some of the pigment
- orange wedges
- wedges of lemons or limes - kids usually love the tartness more than you would think
Calories: 36kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.6g | Protein: 0.5g | Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 2mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 6.6g | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg