Learn how to make a delicious and basic Champagne punch and then how to flavor it in a bunch of different ways.
How To Make a Champagne Punch
OK, this is so simple, and the 21+ crowd will love it.
Get yourself inexpensive sparkling wine. Look for a dry one with the word Brut on the label. Spend about $15 per bottle. Something from California, a Prosecco from Italy, or a Cava from Spain will work perfectly. Check out our guide to sparkling wines over here.
Put the bubbly into a pitcher or punch bowl with some clear soda (7-Up or ginger ale). Equal amounts of sparkling wine to soda. You can also add some fruit-flavored liqueur. I like orange, such as Triple sec but Chambord (dark raspberry) and peach are also very nice. Just don’t choose one with a sour note. You just want a sweet liqueur here. No Jolly Rancherness allowed. Then garnish with fruit and ice. Done!
It won’t be a very sweet drink. It’s actually pretty mellow. It won’t be super-alcoholic either since each serving will have half a glass of Champagne. That makes it a good sipper for a long evening.
The best part is that you can make it as your party progresses throughout the night. Since the ratio is a basic 1-to-1, you can keep topping it up as needed. All you need to remember is that a bottle of sparkling wine is 750ml, which is 3 cups. So whenever you pour in a bottle of bubbles, add 3 cups of soda. That’s it.
Champagne Punch Flavor Ideas:
You’ve got your bubbly and your pop. What should you add to it?
To a 7-Up version add:
Lemons and limes, chopped
Mandarin oranges, chopped
Whole fresh basil or mint leaves (but don’t even think about mint extract here!). You can use the herbs on their own or add them to any of the fruits above.
To a ginger ale version add:
Basil and cranberries (see recipe below)
Limes and Oranges, chopped
- 1 (750ml) bottle of cold dry sparkling wine (a Brut Prosecco, Cava or Californian is a good bet)
- 3 cups of cold ginger ale
- 3 ounces orange liqueur (like Triple Sec)
- 8 fresh basil leaves
- 30 frozen cranberries
- 3 cups ice cubes
- Pour the sparkling wine into a punch bowl. Slowly add in the ginger ale and the orange liqueur.
- Add the basil, frozen cranberries and ice.
This post originally appeared in December 2015 and was revised and republished in December 2020.