Cranberry Punch Recipe

A Thanksgiving-themed cocktail

click to enlarge Cranberry Sauced Punch - Photo: Stuart MacKenzie
Photo: Stuart MacKenzie
Cranberry Sauced Punch

Nothing cuts the initial awkward tension of an extended family gathering quite like a little injection of alcohol (or a lot of it, depending on how heavy you pour). And this Thanksgiving punch recipe, provided by Northside Yacht Club owner/bartender Stuart MacKenzie, is not only seasonally appropriate (there’s cranberry!), it also includes hip ingredients (rosé cider!) and enough vodka to loosen everyone up. It also forces you to interact with loved ones, because if you want another glass, you have to go back to the communal punch bowl — like a liquor-filled watering hole.

Cranberry Sauced Punch

Recipe provided by Stuart MacKenzie

Guaranteed to make your unmarried uncle start talking about Trump the moment it touches his lips.


  • ½ liter of vodka
  • 6 cans of Rhinegeist Bubbles rosé cider
  • ¼ liter of cranberry juice
  • ¼ liter lime juice
  • ¼ liter triple sec
  • Lime wheels and handful of dried hibiscus flowers for garnish in the punch bowl


Stir all ingredients together and taste. If it's too sweet, just use that whole liter of vodka, you animal.

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