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Celebrate a Happy Hanukkah with Warm Apple Cider Punch!

Celebrate a Happy Hanukkah with Warm Apple Cider Punch!

By Elizabeth Stark

This warming, spicy apple cider punch is a great drink for kids to enjoy during your Hanukkah celebration. Festive, warm and fizzy, it is the perfect kids drink for holiday parties, and a great way to wish your friends and family a happy Hanukkah.

Punch was originally an Indian drink made with lemon juice, water, tea, sugar, and alcohol, which sounds like a boozy Arnold Palmer to me. That actually sounds kind of good. If anyone has Arnold Palmer’s contact info, put me in touch. I think we can sell this.

Nowadays punch mostly means red fruit-flavored beverage, except for at parties, where punch gets back to its roots of being a beverage with a bunch of stuff in it served out of a big bowl or kettle, which is awesome. This punch is served warm, which makes it perfect for the season. The apple cider and cinnamon give it a cozy feeling, the ginger beer provides a little sparkle, and the lemon juice keeps it bright. This recipe is non-alcoholic, but if the kids are in bed, it will stand up nicely to a little bourbon or rye.

Warm Apple Cider Punch

serves 12


  • 5 cups apple cider
  • 2/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 bottles ginger beer
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • apple slices
  • lemon wedges and apple slices for garnish


Combine the ingredients in a large soup pot. Gently warm the punch until the honey has dissolved. Ladle into tempered glasses or mugs and serve with a few apple slices and a lemon wedge.