easy snowball Christmas non-alcoholic punch

Easy Snowball Christmas Punch A Kid-Friendly Party Drink

Cooks in 7 Minutes Difficulty Easy 0 comments

This fun holiday Snowball Christmas punch recipe is a kid-friendly, non-alcoholic recipe you will love using year after year. It’s a simple drink that looks fancy and impresses kids every time. So pull out your punch bowl for this ice cream topped fizzy punch with orange and cranberry juices. 

Growing up, my mother always had some libation in the punch bowl at Christmas, so it was natural that I carry on the tradition with my children. That’s when I developed this super easy yet flavorful Snowball punch. 

A few simple ingredients combine to make a delicious punch bowl full of wintertime excitement. I usually make this at least once during the holiday season, even now that my kids are grown. 

The key is to make this right before your guests arrive so the snowballs stay cool. Also, have the other ingredients chilled; if you want, add ice cubes.

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So, what is in this festive snowball punch recipe?

First things first, pull out the punch bowl. You’re going to fill it up now.

Take the frozen concentrated orange juice and empty it into the bowl. 

Next, pour the cranberry juice in, followed by the ginger ale. If you find ginger ale makes this too sweet for you, likely change it out of club soda. 

Next, you scoop vanilla ice cream across the bowl’s surface. Add some slices of vibrant orange and toss a few frozen cranberries on top to complete the seasonal punch.

That’s all there is to it. Now, put your feet up and relax while everyone enjoys a glass of this fizzy holiday punch. 


Concentrated Orange Juice: This part of the punch is essential as the orange juice tones down the sweetness of the pop and the cranberry juice. As we are using it frozen, it also aids in keeping the punch cool.

Cranberry Juice: I used Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice in this recipe. The cranberry adds a tartness that cuts through the sweetness of the soda and a lovely pinkish-red color to the punch.

Ginger ale: A quality ginger ale is better than a low-quality one when making this punch, as higher-quality pop will have more actual ginger flavor. Also, low-quality brands tend to be a fair bit sweeter. 

Vanilla Ice Cream: Whether you choose natural vanilla ice cream or French vanilla, the ice cream adds a smooth, luxuriousness to the punch. Of course, you will want to use the whitest ice cream option due to the name Snowball Punch. 

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Substitutions and Add-Ins to The Christmas Snowball Punch:

Concentrated Orange Juice: This is the one portion of the snowball punch besides the ice cream you don’t want to leave out or switch. 

Cranberry Juice: In this recipe, I used bottled cranberry juice. However, concentrated cranberry works just as well. If you don’t like cranberry juice, you can switch it out entirely for red raspberries and still get that pretty pink look.

Ginger Ale: This can be a bit sweet for some palettes. It works as well to use Club Soda in place of the ginger ale. 

Expert Tips and Serving Suggestions For Christmas Snowball Punch:

Tip #1: If you are hosting a gathering and want the punch to stay cold, chill the bowl and add a few ice cubes. Too many ice cubes will water down the drink, so cooling the bowl is your best option. 

Tip #2 This punch is great when hosting a buffet-style party where people are having finger foods. Of course, any kid’s holiday parties also offer a great chance to use this fancy-looking beverage. 

Tips #3: Be sure to ladle the punch over the bowl. That way, you will avoid unnecessary spillage. Often, the punch ladle that comes with punch bowls isn’t overly neat in pouring.

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Christmas Snowball Punch a Non-Alcoholic Beverage

Amber Bondar
This fun fizzy Christmas snowball punch is a sweet holiday drink. Concentrated orange juice is blended with cranberry juice and ginger ale for a special punch ready to be topped with the 'snowballs' Scoops of vanilla ice cream float on this punch to the delight of kids young and old alike. Enjoy a glass today!
Prep Time 6 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American, Canadian
Servings 20


  • 1 Punch Bowl
  • 1 Ice Cream Scoop


  • 1 Can Frozen Concentrated Orange Juice
  • 55 oz Cranberry Juice 1.6litres Cranberry Juice
  • 67 oz Ginger Ale One 2L bottle
  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Orange Slices
  • Frozen Cranberries


  • Add the concentrated orange juice, cranberry juice and ginger ale to the punch bowl.
  • Stir the mixture until the orange juice has mostly dissolved.
  • Scoop vanilla ice cream over the surface of the punch.
  • Add a few orange slices to the top of the ice cream.
  • Sprinkle a handful of frozen cranberries on top for garnish.
  • Serve immediately.


If you want the punch to stay cooler longer add a few ice cubes before the ice cream.
You can also chill the bowl for one hour in the freezer. 
Keyword Beverages, Christmas cake, Drinks, Punch

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