Kombucha Holiday Punch Recipe

A holiday punch recipe made with ginger kombucha, prosecco, and gin. It's spritzy and bright, and dances on your tongue.

Kombucha Holiday Punch

The San Francisco Chronicle ran this story a couple of weeks back, focused on how I set a holiday table. You can check out the story if you like, but, I also wanted to share something that didn't make it into the piece. I threw a number of things together for that shoot, and one of the things I was excited to share was a quick, kombucha holiday punch. I made it with cranberry kombucha, prosecco, gin, and big ice molds shaped in vintage cake pans. It was delicious! But the color was all wrong - a very pale pink. More Easter brunch, or spring garden party than holiday. So I scrapped it, with the promise of a revisit. My plan was to take another swing using a ginger kombucha instead of the cranberry. So here it is. Spritzy and bright, it dances on your tongue. And, I'd argue, the tangy bite of the kombucha is a welcome alternative to sweet, fruit juice driven punch recipes. It goes down easy, and can sneak up on you fast. ;) Happy holidays all - hope you enjoy this one.

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Russel Yip shot the photos for the article, and did a whole gallery on the Chronicle site. I made a favorite stew, simple baby arugula salad, and the Rye Buttermilk Cakes from Near & Far. Also, I made a wreath - which, I promise, you could also make.

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Kombucha Holiday Punch

1 bottle prosecco
2 cups ginger kombucha
1 cup gin
sparkling water, to taste
Lots of ice, or ice molds

Combine the prosecco, kombucha, and gin in a punch bowl or pitcher with lots of ice, or an ice mold. Serve straight, or topped off with sparkling water, to taste.


Prep time: 5 minutes

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Wicked delish! I just did a trial runfor Christmas Eve and addeda bruised mint leaf to each glass for color and zing. Thumbs up!


Not quite related to the recipe but I have to comment on the Rye buttermilk cakes - I made this from your book and they are just fantastic.

HS: Thanks Ambica! I love them too...


Ha. I was just sipping cranberry kombucha in a cocktail coupe last night because my work for the day wasn't quite done yet, but I wanted it to FEEL like 5 o'clock while I wrapped things up. This sounds about a thousand times better :)

I love the idea of punch, and I've had some fantastic ones, but most punches tend to be quite sweet and/or very boozy. This looks fantastic, and I bet it would make a mean cocktail for one or two.

Heidi please forgive the non-food comment, but I am poised to do a bunch of painting, and am seeking a lovely bright white wall paint like the one in your photos. Do you remember its name? Thank you++ Priya

Hi Priya! I'm not 100% sure at this point. The white is a sort-of creamy, glossy white, and the walls are what I think is Benjamin Moore "Feather Down"...It was chosen by the previous owners and we like it a lot too. Hope this helps at least a bit...


Kombucha punch sounds like a great departure from the traditional overly sweetened kind. Love this idea :) Congrats on the feature!

The punch looks very interesting, but as we don't have kombucha over here, I will be making either your Winter Shandy Punch or the Blood Orange Gin Sparkler for Christmas, they also both look delicious! Unfortunately, the Chronicle article is only available to subscribers :o(


Never thought of pairing up kombucha with Prosecco...sounds like a grand ole time. Cheers!

Heidi...you look so attractive in the pix...sipping the stew? How about the recipe for your favorite stew. I grew up in SF and now live in Carmel..miss the city. Thanks for all your postings.

HS: Thanks June! There is a saffron variation of it in Near & Far....but I can post this one at some point.

June pitkoff

I saw this just a day too late -threw a garland making party last night and was looking for a punch -and now I see that you have so many! guess I'll have to throw another party! xo

This looks amazing- and the best part (besides the kombucha) is that it doesn't have a dozen ingredients and steps! My kind of recipe!

ON IT. And with a cayenne cleanse 'back' to moderate consumption. I also love that picture of you, gorgeous lady. x

Love this idea Heidi! I have used kombucha for g&ts (or g&ks I should say) which works great if you are looking for a lower sugar and fresher version of the old classic. Next time I have a crowd over I think I will make your punch instead!

Heidi that looks lovely and deadly... ;) But where are those stunning coupes from?? I'm guessing antiques? Sigh.


I love that photo of you Heidi.

Rina Ouellette

This is perfect! I've been looking for a punch or cocktail recipe to serve at our Christmas dinner and I love that yours uses kombucha. Happy holidays Heidi! xo

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