Sunrise Punch

CATEGORIES: Kate, Punch and Juice

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!

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. I cut the mango into 4 pieces as per Sara’s instructions.
I used some teeny, tiny cookie cutters I got at William-Sonoma and cut into the fruit while it was still on the skin. Then I inverted the skin and cut the stars off with a sharp knife. I cut a slit halfway through it and voila! I could slide it right onto the glass! You could do it with any fruit that’s big, smooth, and firm enough to handle being cut–apples, bananas, melons, etc.

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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Sunrise Punch


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.


  1. 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).

  2. 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! 🙂

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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