Sunrise Punch

You will love this family-friendly Sunrise Punch. It’s sweet, it’s tart, it’s tangy. A tiny bit tropical. The citrus and cranberry make it a fabulous drink for a brunch, although you could make arguments for just about any time of day or season. I do think it’s a perfect drink for a girly evening, although don’t let that deter any of you guys out there who are dying to try it!

fizzy tropical punch in glasses

Ingredient Notes

  • Pineapple Juice – juice from frozen concentrate works well here. Some stores also sell fresh pineapple juice near the other fresh juices and smoothies in the produce department.
  • Apricot or Mango Nectar – If you’ve never purchased fruit nectar, you can find it in cans in the juice aisle or near the Latin foods. It is thicker than juice and adds a nice tropical element to this punch.
  • Ginger Ale – This sparkling punch uses ginger ale. If you drink alcohol, you could replace the ginger ale with champagne if you’d like.

How to make Sunrise Punch

  1. The procedure here is pretty simple: we combine pineapple juice, cranberry juice, “nectar,” and lime juice. This mixture gets chilled until ready to serve. Make sure your ginger ale is in the fridge, too!
  2. When ready, you can either mix the ginger ale with the juice mixture or you can mix the drinks individually using 2 parts juice mix to one part ginger ale. Serve over lots of ice. Garnish with fresh fruit and a little paper umbrella if you feel the urge!
  3. Garnish, if desired. I thought it would be fun to garnish the glasses with mango cut into shapes.
tropical punch

Serving Suggestions

This drink is perfect for adding to a brunch menu. Check out the Our Best Bites Breakfast and Brunch Recipe Archive for ideas.

If you’re looking for other drink recipes, consider these other delicious options:

Brazilian Lemonade

Watermelon Agua Fresca

Virgin White Peach Sangria

Virgin Red Sangria

Banana Slush Punch

Slushy Peach Punch


Can I make this ahead of time? Yes! Mix up your juices a day or two ahead and simply mix in your ginger ale when you are ready to serve. If making more than about 8 hours ahead of time, do not add the lime juice until ready to mix, as citrus flavors mellow and lose their kick if left to sit too long.

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Sweet, tart, tangy, sparkling, and a little bit tropical. This punch is perfect for any occasion, but goes especially well alongside a fun brunch menu, reception, or summer BBQ.


2 cups pineapple juice
2 cups cranberry juice
1 (11.5 ounce) can apricot or mango nectar
1/2 cup FRESH lime juice (about 4-5 limes)
2 (12 ounce) cans ginger ale (or 3 cups)


Combine pineapple juice, cranberry juice, nectar and lime juice. Store in fridge until ready to mix. Make sure your ginger ale is chilled as well.

When ready to serve, add ginger ale. Or, if desired, mix individual servings using two parts juice to one part ginger ale.

Serve over ice and garnish with lime slices and mango shapes, if desired (see blog post for mango instructions.


If you drink alcohol, feel free to replace the ginger ale with champagne.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
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Sara Wells co-founded Our Best Bites in 2008. She is the author of three Bestselling Cook Books, Best Bites: 150 Family Favorite RecipesSavoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites, and 400 Calories or Less from Our Best Bites. Sara’s work has been featured in many local and national news outlets and publications such as Parenting MagazineBetter Homes & GardensFine CookingThe Rachel Ray Show and the New York Times.

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Questions & Reviews

  1. that sounds amazing also would you have an idea on whih drink would be the eaiest and coolestfor a 13 year old’s birthday party? it a Black light party.

    1. A lot! You can just add up the volume of the juices for a total- serving size really depends on the size you’re doing.

  2. Made this for a neighborhood party and everyone loved it. I used sprite instead of the ginger ale because there were going to be a lot of young kids there so I thought it would sweeten it up a little more for the kiddos. But really anything carbinated usually goes over pretty well for them.

  3. Lacey–Ooh, that’s a tough call! Braziliam Lemonade is my all-time favorite drink, but yeah, this would definitely be easier; no straining or blending!

    Kendall–You could totally do it with other fruit! 🙂 Melons, apples, kiwi, bananas, etc. Pretty much anything that holds its shape really well and isn’t really segmented (like oranges or raspberries).

  4. i love the fruit cutting idea. are there other fruits you can cut that would hold shape like that? that would be an easy table filler for a wedding or somethng like that. thanks. love the blog! 🙂

  5. I KNOW I commented on this, but it must have disappeared! This drink sounds SO yummy! I’m going to have to try it, and then will come the hard part: deciding which to make for the bridal shower I’m planning, this or the brazilian lemonade. Which do you suggest? I’m thinking this one will be easier to make in larger quantities because it doesn’t involve a blender.

  6. Oh, yeah, you could totally use Sprite! 🙂 And you’ve gotta have the most fun food storage EVER! 🙂

  7. This looks great! I have a ton of Sprite in my food storage, so would that be an acceptable substitution for the ginger ale?

  8. Ditto that, how cute are the mango stars?! That drink looks so yummy, I want to reach through the screen and slurp it down. I love the color too. Beautiful! Always love a fun drink.