100% Juice Punch {Christmas Brunch}

Many of you know how much I used to love drinking Pepsi – and how giving it up has been a great decision for my health. But you probably also know how much I miss that “burn”!

For the occasional treat, I like to put seltzer water into a small amount of 100% juice. It’s not too sweet – but just sweet enough to make the fizzy water taste better. And it gives me that burn I love and miss.

For our Christmas Brunch, I wanted to suggest this simple punch idea. It’s 100% juice – no added sugar or corn syrup!

Christmas Brunch PunchYum

12 ounces 100% cranberry juice concentrate, thawed but cold
12 ounces 100% grape juice concentrate, thawed but cold
2 (or 3) liters seltzer water

Mix all ingredients together in a punch bowl or large pitcher. The amount of seltzer water you use is up to you – depending on how sweet or fizzy you like your drinks.

Christmas Brunch Punch {with 100 juice!}

Feel free to add different kinds of juice depending on your taste.

Are you like me – do you like the “burn”?

Comments

  1. says

    Wow, that is such an obvious but not obvious solution. I love seltzer with juice, but always wished I could get more flavor without watering down the seltzer. Concentrate, duh! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Cindi says

    YES I do! I found a lemon lime drink at Aldi…that is carbonated water….with lemon lime, no sweetener…I will sometimes mix some of that into my OJ to have a fake POP if you will :-)!

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  3. Sara B says

    I’ve been mixing seltzer with juice ever since I read your thoughts about it here. It really does the trick! Now I’ll have to try this idea the next time I need to make punch. Thanks!

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  4. kellyc says

    Looks has a very appealing look to it. Not so much a fan of the sherbert colored variety out there. thanks for an alternative.

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  5. Susan says

    Where do you get the seltzer water? Thanks!

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    Sara Reply:

    Seltzer water and club soda are pretty much the same thing. At our
    local Wal-Mart and many other stores you can find it in the aisle with
    the alcoholic beverages. Hope that helps, I am not sure where Laura
    buys hers though, she might have other ideas:)

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  6. Janet says

    I gave up soda too. I do not miss the burn but I do enjoy a glass of juice with seltzer added in. I enjoy that it is not so sweet :) Have a beautiful day!

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  7. Amber says

    I have a soda stream machine that makes seltzer. I do not add flavorings. I like plain fizzy water or add a splash of juice. It is a cheap way to enjoy a healthy carbonated drink.

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  8. Katherine says

    This looks delicious!! If you wanted to make it for individual glasses, any idea how much concentrate to put in a glass before filling with the fizzy water?

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  9. Jesann says

    I used to like the “burn” from carbonated drinks but have trouble with it now. I do use club soda and juice to form my own non-syrup sodas in summer, but I have to cut down the amount of club soda I use and add plain water.

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  10. Heather Anne says

    Sounds like a nice punch for a change. I know a friend of ours gave me a recipe that had cranberry and pineapple juice in it and that was such a nice combination too.

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  11. Jenny C. says

    Yup, I too loved the burn. I still drink seltzer water straight occassionally. I gave up pop for Lent this past year. Best decision I ever made!

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  12. Karen Dee says

    Yes! I was addicted to the burn, but, gave Pepsi up because it’s not good for you. Then all pop. This is a great idea!

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  13. Kathy says

    I was thinking about getting some sparkling grape juice for our family Christmas gathering. Wonder if this would be less expensive?

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  14. lara says

    just found your blog and am loving all the healthy ideas i’m finding browsing around…this one sounds like a great alternative to pop or “spicy juice” as my kids call it…now i can give them real spicy juice without all the yucky stuff that’s not good for them…

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  15. says

    I love making my own sparkling apple cider. I use 2 apples concentrates & a 2L club soda. Then I add frozen fruit (like cranberries and raspberries) for flavour and ice.

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  16. Danij says

    Fizzy juice as my kids call it, and they can’t stand it! I love the look on their faces – like they just ate a lemon!

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  17. Angelia says

    Laura – I think you would love Kombucha – not too sweet, wonderful fizz, and healthy probiotics/properties – win win:)

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  18. Karen says

    I love the sound of this punch! We always have a hot punch for Christmas, but I may have to find a place to fit this into.

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  19. says

    I’m a Dr pepper girl. I love it, but come to think of it, I haven’t had one in 4 days. I don’t miss it, and haven’t craved it, yet. I’ll probably give in when I do crave tho, because I hate the headache.

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  20. says

    Not a huge burn fan, but sometimes I do need some. And I typically use Sprecher ginger ale to quench it, but this would be even better as it uses fruit juice and isn’t a soda at all! But seriously Sprecher ginger ale is amazing and so different than any other ginger ale I’ve ever had.

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  21. Amy E says

    Sounds delicious! I’ve been wanting to try a different yet easy new punch. I think I’ll be serving this Christmas Eve with my extended family! Thanks!

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  22. Carolyn says

    This sounds good.
    Yes, agree about the “burn”. Gave up Pepsi years ago. And I love ginger in all forms. Know any way to have ginger ale more healthy?

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  23. Rhoda says

    Grew up mixing our juices to the strange looks from others. Now mixing of juices is so commonplace. Love adding just a touch of pineapple juice to really special up a blend.

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  24. Christie says

    I made a healthy version of punch last year for our Christmas eve brunch. The children chose it over the sodas. I have not made it since last year. I look forward to adding the seltzer to my own recipe. I so enjoy your website ! Thank you, again for another healthy and yummy recipe:)

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  25. Pamela says

    I still drink Pepsi occasionally. It’s not the burn as much as it is the sweetness. I’ll only eat a salad for lunch if I can have a Pepsi with it. It’s a reward for eating salad. :)

    Well, now you know that some of us readers are definitely compromisers when it comes to food/drink! LOL :)

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  26. Monika says

    This looks really good! I wonder what other kinds of juices would taste good? My middle daughter always throws up when she has grape juice, for some unknown reason.

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    Stephanie Reply:

    Maybe apple? Grape juice is fairly similar to apple juice when you’re mixing it with something else.

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  27. lyss says

    Nope, I don’t like “burn”. Guess I’m the weird one, but I’ve never really cared for sodas. I’m glad, though, because I know alot of people who are addicted to it.

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  28. says

    We grew up fighting for the burn. We always gave dad the first drink from a can of Pepsi. He said nothing tasted better than the burn from the first drink from a can of Pepsi.
    This drink looks delish!

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  29. Andrea says

    Me too! Sparkling juice is my favorite. If the seltzer waters it down too much, a few drops of Stevia help balance things again.

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  30. Joy says

    I made this last night for a Christmas family game night. Everybody loved it! I will definitely be making it again. I couldn’t find 100% Cranberry Juice, just the cocktail, so I had to use that. : (

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