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Holiday Peppermint Punch Holiday Cocktail Recipe

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Last Updated on July 12, 2024 by Leah Hall

This Peppermint Eggnog Punch is full of holiday flavor with the use of peppermint liquor and eggnog, topped with ginger beer. A perfect combination for a holiday treat!


The combination of Eggnog and Peppermint Ice Cream in this cocktail makes the drink extra creamy. And if you love peppermint, like we do, you are going to love this ice cream punch! Plus, it’s a dessert and cocktail all in one!


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Pink Peppermint Eggnog Punch in rocks glasses, candy canes, straws and pine tree stirrers in glasses

This is another one of those simple Christmas drinks that will definitely add something special to your next winter get-together! Don’t just make hot chocolate or egg nog, try some new recipes and they may be a big hit. Some other perfect holiday drink ideas could be a Grinch Cocktail, Bourbon Maple Eggnog, or Gingerbread Eggnog.

Pink Peppermint Eggnog Punch in rocks glasses, candy canes, straws and pine tree stirrers in glasses

Peppermint Eggnog Punch Recipe

We think this holiday punch is perfect for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, holiday parties or New Years parties. Or, any other time you want dessert and a cocktail together.


The sweet eggnog pairs perfectly with the slightly spicy peppermint and warm peppermint schnapps. Add the ginger beer to tie it all together, and you have a simple but incredibly delicious drink for Christmas time!

Pink Peppermint Eggnog Punch in rocks glasses, candy canes, straws and pine tree stirrers in glasses

And especially if you have last minute guests stopping by, this ice cream punch is simple, with just four ingredients. It can be made up in batch form in a punch bowl very quickly. It’s perfect for any last minute gatherings and will wow your guests, even though it’s so easy to make! If you want a non-alcoholic punch we have our Pineapple Orange Sherbet Punch Recipe!


If you want some more fun boozy ice cream recipes we suggest our Strawberry Chocolate Milkshake, Stout Beer Ice Cream, Peach Whiskey Ice Cream and Rye Old Fashioned Ice Cream, too!

Pink Peppermint Eggnog Punch in rocks glasses, candy canes, straws and pine tree stirrers in glasses

What Ingredients are Needed for the Peppermint Eggnog Punch?

So maybe you think eggnog and peppermint ice cream don’t go together, but they do! It makes a very flavorful holiday combo. This ice cream punch is gorgeous, and the peppermint and eggnog combo is to die for, I promise! If you are an eggnog lover you’ll flip for this Peppermint Eggnog Punch.

  • Peppermint Stick Ice Cream – This is seasonal ice cream and can really only be bought during the Holidays. I usually buy a container as soon as I see it on the shelves in October.
  • Eggnog – eggnog is traditionally made with milk, cream, sugar, whipped egg whites, and egg yolks. It is a great creamy base for this tasty Peppermint Eggnog Punch. This is also usually only available during the Holiday season so get it while it lasts. Or, you can make your own homemade eggnog, too.
  • Peppermint Schnapps or Peppermint Vodka – when we made this recipe for the first time we used Peppermint Vodka, and it was tasty! But, then we tried it the next year with Peppermint Schnapps and it became richer and more unctuous. Either way, it is tasty, and use what you have access too. But, if you want sweeter and richer use the schnapps.
  • Ginger Beer – this adds some tang to the cocktail, and also cuts some sweetness. This also makes it a float like punch.
  • Candy Canes – crushed for the rim, dip your glass into some crushed candy canes for even more peppermint flavor. And then make sure to keep one for the rim of the glass to garnish.

How to Make the Peppermint Eggnog Punch

This is a super easy festive cocktail that takes just a few minutes to prep. But, you need to melt some ice cream ahead of time before you mix up the peppermint punch. Simply pull out a scoop of ice cream per serving and let it sit out in a bowl until the ice cream melts.

Pink Peppermint Eggnog Punch in rocks glasses, candy canes, straws and pine tree stirrers in glasses

Then, right before serving, pull out the extra ice cream from the freezer. The ice cream to scoop on the top of the drink should be softened, but not melted. Let the container sit on the counter for 5-10 minutes. Do not microwave! The melted ice cream you pulled out earlier will be used before scooping some more ice cream.


For a little extra flair, serve these cocktails with crushed candy canes on the rim of the glass. Sprinkle crushed candy on a flat plate. Dip the rims of the glasses into water and place into crushed candies. Repeat until all glasses are covered.

Pink Peppermint Eggnog Punch in rocks glasses, candy canes, straws and pine tree stirrers in glasses

Add fully melted peppermint stick ice cream into glasses, divided evenly amongst them. Add in eggnog to each glass, then peppermint vodka or peppermint schnapps. Give a little stir, and then top with ginger beer.  Top with softened ice cream scoops. Garnish and serve. The punch will turn more pink as the ice cream melts.


This recipe can also be made into a large punch bowl version for a crowd at a holiday party, too. Just before you are ready to serve, combine melted ice cream, eggnog, peppermint vodka and ginger beer in a 4 quart punch bowl.


Then, scoop ice cream onto the top of the punch. Or, serve the punch by itself in glasses and then place extra scoops of Peppermint Stick Ice Cream on top in the candy cane rimmed glasses. Garnish with candy canes.  (Full Punch Recipe below).

Pink Peppermint Eggnog Punch in rocks glasses, candy canes, straws and pine tree stirrers in glasses

Tips & Tricks

  • Can this be made non-alcoholic? Yes! Just leave out the vodka or schnapps in this Christmas drink when serving. You can add more eggnog or ginger beer. If making a full punch bowl non-alcoholic, then again, leave out the peppermint vodka or peppermint schnapps and add more ginger beer into the mix, perfect for the whole family.
  • Glasses – we served this in rocks glasses, but tumblers work, sherbet dishes or sundae dishes work, too!
  • Garnish – other garnish ideas (other than candy canes or peppermint candies) can be simple and elegant too. We advise a straw, because of the float aspect of this drink. Long peppermint sticks work great too, and they work as stirring sticks, as well. But, other ideas could be chocolate shavings, mint sprigs, holiday sprinkles, shaved coconut, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, or peppermint bark (crushed or whole pieces).
  • Punch for a Crowd – we have the full recipe suggestion below in the recipe card, but this recipe is great for a crowd. Serve it in a fun punch bowl! Top it with the fun scoops of ice cream.
  • Alcohol – as we said above we have had it with both peppermint vodka and peppermint schnapps. Add in more or less of each to your liking. Or, you can add a dash of vanilla vodka for a little extra twist. Creme de cacao can also be a great option for that chocolate flavor.
  • Ice Cream – Candy cane ice cream or peppermint stick ice cream both work. We loved the pink from the peppermint stick ice cream, but any that has peppermint flavor will work!
  • Serving tips – Serve right away after adding in the additional peppermint ice cream. Also, make sure the ginger beer is chilled before using. Or, you can use ginger ale, but may need a bigger amount of ginger ale than ginger beer.
  • Leftovers – if you have any punch left over, you can pour it into a popsicle mold. If you freeze them, then you have a great boozy peppermint popsicle treat.
  • Eggnog – if you don’t want to buy eggnog at the grocery stores, or can’t find any because of all the eggnog lovers, you can make homemade eggnog. Classic eggnog is made with raw eggs, if this is also off-putting you can use pasteurized eggs, or the ones in a container. If you REALLY don’t like eggnog, you can sub heavy cream for it. This will make the recipe a little more rich and thick.


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Pink Peppermint Eggnog Punch in rocks glasses, candy canes, straws and pine tree stirrers in glasses

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Pink Peppermint Eggnog Punch in rocks glasses, candy canes, straws and pine tree stirrers in glasses
Yield: 2

Holiday Peppermint Punch

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

This ice cream punch is full of Christmas flavor. Perfect for a dessert or as a cocktail, this peppermint eggnog punch uses peppermint ice cream, eggnog, ginger beer and more to make for a tasty treat!


  • 4 ounces peppermint ice cream, softened to melted consistency
  • 4 ounces eggnog
  • 3 ounces peppermint vodka or peppermint schnapps
  • 4 ounces ginger beer, chilled
  • Peppermint Ice Cream, for additional scoops on top
  • crushed peppermint sticks for glass rim


  1. Leave out 4 oz of peppermint ice cream until it becomes somewhere between softened and melted in consistency.
  2. Crush candy canes and put on plate. Wet glass rims and dip in peppermint candy.
  3. When ready to serve, divide melted ice cream between 2 glasses.
  4. Add eggnog into glasses and stir.
  5. Add in vodka or schanpps and ginger beer. Stir to combine.
  6. Add in more peppermint ice cream (optional). But, we encourage you to add more, it's a float then, and delicious!


This could easily be made into a punch, and poured into a punch bowl. Makes 8-10 servings.

Use a whole half gallon of peppermint stick ice cream, scoop out 2 cups of ice cream and place in a bowl to melt.

When ready to make the punch combine melted ice cream, 2 cups eggnog, 12 ounces of peppermint vodka or peppermint schnapps. Stir and then add 40 ounces of ginger beer, 5 cups. Then top the punch with scoops of more peppermint stick ice cream.

Or, you can serve the punch before the ice cream scoops and then serve the ice cream in glasses individually.


Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 331Total Fat: 11.2gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 88mgCarbohydrates: 28.7gFiber: .5gSugar: 23.7gProtein: 4.5g

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