This German Christmas Punch (Kinderpunsch) is the perfect beverage to serve at your winter celebrations! Hot mulled grape juice is flavored with Christmas spices making it the perfect non-alcoholic beverage for the holidays that everyone can enjoy.
The holidays wouldn’t be complete without this warming and richly spiced drink! You could also call it “Virgin Mulled Wine”, “Mulled Grape Cider” or (in German) “Kindergluehwein” or “Kinderpunsch”. It’s the perfect drink to warm up on a snowy day!
When we go to Christmas Markets this is what I get! I might be 28 years old but I love the non-alcoholic version of spiced wine much more than the adult version. It tastes like Christmas in a cup to me!
This is the perfect holiday punch to serve at your party that everyone can enjoy!
OK after sharing my easy Nutella Cookies Recipe with you this week, I thought it would be a good time to share my favorite holiday beverage with you! This warming drink is perfect for the coldest nights of the year and keeps you cozy while waiting for Santa.
Inexpensive and easy to make, it’s a great choice for holiday parties! You can easily double or triple the recipe for bigger crowds and it’s a perfect holiday mocktail for drivers, pregnant moms, kids, and everybody who isn’t fond of spiced wine or alcohol.
How to make Non-Alcoholic German Christmas Punch
To make spiced grape holiday punch, use a 100% grape juice! Unfiltered grape juice would also be a great choice but don’t use juice with added sugar or juice concentrate, it won’t taste as good.
Spiced grape juice can easily be made on the stove but you can also use your slow cooker. I like to use a saucepan when it’s only the two of us but the slow cooker is great for parties because it keeps the punch warm and it’s easy to access for guests to refill their glasses.
To balance the grape juice I like to add a little bit of fresh orange juice to my spiced grape punch. It adds a little bit of acidity and more Christmas flavor! I use fresh oranges because they’re in season now and add the juice of one-half to my punch and use the orange peel for decorations.
Sweeten your punch with a little bit of honey to taste. You could also leave out the honey or use a vegan alternative like agave syrup but I like to use honey because it adds flavor and depth. I wouldn’t add more than a 1/4 cup because the grape juice is already sweet. Just taste test the mixture before adding the honey to not sweeten it too much!
Bring the spiced holiday punch to a simmer, then turn off the heat and let steep for 20 minutes or use the low setting on your slow cooker for 30 minutes and then switch to the “keep warm” setting. Either way, it will taste delicious!
This Christmas market classic is so easy to make and tastes like Christmas in a cup. Sip and feel the warmth!
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German Christmas Punch (Kinderpunsch)
- 4 cups grape juice, (1 liter)
- 1/3 cup fresh orange juice, (80ml)
- 4 Tbsp honey
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/2 tsp allspice berries
- 1 whole star anise
- In a medium saucepan or in a 3-quart or larger slow cooker, combine the grape juice, orange juice, honey, cinnamon stick, allspice berries, cloves, and star anise. Stir to combine.
- Saucepan: Bring to a simmer. Turn off the heat and let steep for at least 20 minutes. Slow cooker: Cook on low until warm, 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on your slow cooker.
- Ladle into mugs and enjoy.
- Leave your slow cooker on the warm setting to keep the spiced grape juice warm or alternate between low and off if yours doesn't have a warm setting.