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Holiday Honey Punch – A Whiskey Cocktail

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Last Updated on June 13, 2023 by The Noms

A great whiskey holiday punch for a crowd at a party during the holidays!


With the holidays quickly approaching, having a good punch recipe in hand can make your next holiday get together a big hit with your guests. Historically punches have been a center piece of a party, usually evoking images of some crazy combination of cloyingly sweet fizzy beverages and orange sherbet, but with the rise of the craft cocktails and prohibition era drinks, the classic big punch bowls are making a return as well! So this holiday punch, as well as a whiskey punch is perfect for the holidays!


Holiday Punch

Serving a elegant punch like this Holiday Honey Punch will not only impress your guests with this flavorful honey simple syrup, but it will make hosting a breeze! You can make most of this ahead of time and let your guest serve themselves, leaving you to enjoy the party!


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Holiday Honey Punch in cups with bottles of honey, whiskey, bitters and prosecco, along with oranges and lemons in the backgroundPunch Cups / Punch Bowl

What Ingredients are Needed for the Holiday Honey Punch?

  • Holiday Honey Punch
    • Whiskey
    • Blood Orange Bitters
    • Honey Spice Simple Syrup
    • Orange Juice
    • Prosecco
    • Lemon Juice
  • Honey Spiced Simple Syup
    • Water
    • Mulling Spices
    • Honey


With Whole Foods sharing a lot of our philosophies about using fresh, local ingredients as much as possible, we were excited to come up with the Holiday Honey Punch recipe that celebrates the holidays! We chose a few great local products that bring great flavors to the mix. We made this punch recipe as well as a single recipe cocktail, Rosemary’s Pear, for you to enjoy!

Holiday Honey Punch in cups with bottles of honey, whiskey, bitters and prosecco, along with oranges and lemons in the backgroundMulling Spices / Fine Mesh Strainer

What Flavors are in This Punch?

Combining the classic flavors of whiskey, citrus and spice, topped with a sweet Italian Prosecco to add some fizz, this punch brings back the nostalgic feeling of old fashioned holiday parties. Spicy and elegantly complex, the Holiday Honey Punch avoids being overly sweet. It uses fresh citrus to bring just the right amount of tart brightness, perfect for sipping on with savory appetizers or holiday treats alike.

Put this punch in a big punch bowl and it will be the centerpiece of your celebration!

Holiday Honey Punch in cups with oranges and lemons in the backgroundHow did We Spice Honey?

The spiced honey simple syrup is the key to this punch, as the flavors and aroma of the syrup feel incredibly warm and welcoming, like a great warm holiday hug. We started out with a wonderful wildflower honey from It’s All About the Bees, a local family owned company located here in Nebraska who work with local farmers to pollinate their crops.


The honey is steeped with mulling spices from Simply Organic, imparting rich aromatic cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and allspice flavors into the sweet honey syrup.  If you prefer to use make your own mulling spice as we often like to do, we have a recipe for you here.

Holiday Honey Punch in cups with spices, lemons and oranges, along with a honey jar and whiskey bottle in the backgroundFor the whiskey, we used Brickway Brewery and Distillery’s Single Malt American Whisky, the first whisky distilled in Omaha since Prohibition. Brickway’s Whisky is a combination of  old and new, distilled like the whiskys of Scotland, but aged like an American bourbon.


This unique process yields a whisky that is smooth and slightly sweet with rich hints of vanilla and caramel with just a hint of oak. The whisky works really well, the natural sweetness of the whisky complimenting the aromatic spices of the honey and tart brightness of the citrus.

Holiday Honey Punch in cup with whiskey bottle, lemons and orange with spices

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Once everything is mixed up, we topped the punch with a sweet Italian Prosecco which adds a nice effervescent sweetness that helps unlock the aromas of the citrus and spices.


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Yield: 1

Holiday Honey Punch - A Whiskey Cocktail

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

A fantastic party cocktail for a crowd. Great holiday flavors and spices with whiskey, honey, orange and whiskey.


For the Holiday Honey Punch

  • 1 bottle Single Malt Whiskey
  • 1 ounce Blood Orange Bitters
  • 2 cups Honey Spice Simple Syrup
  • 6 ounces freshly squeezed Orange Juice
  • 1 bottle Prosecco
  • 17 ounces Lemon Juice or juice of 12 lemons

Honey Spice Simple Syrup


For the Punch

Place the whiskey, lemon and orange juices, bitters and honey spice syrup into a punch bowl.

Stir until well mixed.

Top with the prosecco just before serving.

Add ice ring or large ice cubes. You can also float orange and lemon slices and star anise for garnish.

Serve in punch cups.


For the Honey Spice Simple Syrup

Add honey and water into a medium saucepan over medium heat.

Stir in the mulling spices and allow the mixture to come to a boil.

Once the mixture boils, remove from heat and allow to steep for 30 minutes.

Strain out the spice mixture and pour into a sealed container.

Can be stored for 1 week.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 292Total Fat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 32mgCarbohydrates: 49.2gFiber: 0.3gSugar: 20.3gProtein: 0.3g

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Friday 20th of November 2015

This looks so festive, bookmarking!

The 'Noms.

Sunday 22nd of November 2015

Thanks! Cheers!

Clare Speer

Thursday 19th of November 2015

Oh my - it looks so so tasty - and wonderful for a special occasion - I could use one or two glasses of this punch right about now! :)

The 'Noms.

Sunday 22nd of November 2015

Thank you, it's great for a party!

Caroline @ In Due Time

Thursday 19th of November 2015

This sounds (and looks) delicious :)

The 'Noms.

Sunday 22nd of November 2015

Thank you!

Rachel @ My Urban Oven

Thursday 19th of November 2015

5 o'clock somewhere? These look awesome! I love unique new flavor drinks. Pinning!

The 'Noms.

Sunday 22nd of November 2015

It's always 5 o'clock somewhere! ;)

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