It's the most wonderful time of the year! Popular soft drink Cheerwine is bringing back it's Chrismas party favorite for the season. Cheerwine Holiday Punch is a fun take on the classic soda, with the addition of ginger ale and pineapple juice. Served over ice or spiked with champagne, no holiday party is complete without Cheerwine Punch.
What is Cheerwine?
Did you know North Carolina is home to two popular soft drinks? Pepsi, the rival of Coca-Cola was invented in New Bern, North Carolina in 1896 as a drink to aid digestion and boost energy. The second is none other than Cheerwine. Invented in the basement of L.D. Peeler's wholesale grocery store located in Salisbury, North Carolina, the cherry-flavored beverage was created during the World War I sugar outage as an alternative to sugary cola-drinks. The soda was a hit still stands as a popular drink around the region. Today the fifth-generation Carolina beverage corporation is branching out more than ever. In 2010 the founding family teamed up with Krispy Kreme to launch a Cheerwine Kreme soda and Cheerwine ice cream. The soda is also a staple on Cook-Out's menu.
Where to Buy Cheerwine Holiday Punch
If you live in North or South Carolina you are in luck and can grab a limited-edition 2-liter bottle from your local grocery store. Residents in other states may buy a bottle on the Cheerwine website throughout the holiday season. You can also make your own homemade Cheerwine punch!
How to Make Cheerwine Punch
This family recipe is so fun and easy to make. All you need is a large punch bowl and if you want to be fancy, a bundt pan.
To the bundt pan add pineapple slices, cranberries, and mint leaves. Pour on Cheerwine and place in the freezer to freeze 3-4 hours.
In a large punch bowl combine 2 2-liter bottles of Cheerwine, 1 2-liter bottle of ginger ale, and 2 46 oz-cans unsweetened pineapple juice. Stir to combine and add the ice ring to the bowl. Add scoops of sherbet (rainbow is best!), champagne, or leave as is. Now that's a holiday beverage!