Sugar Plum Fairy Punch in a glass with a nutcracker and ornaments behind it

There are lots of things to love about the Christmas season, but my most favorite of them all? The Nutcracker. When I was little, my mom used to volunteer at our local ballet company and getting dressed up to go see the Nutcracker became such a special tradition for us. The music, the costumes, the sets, it was all just magical. I’m excited that my girls are now old enough to enjoy it as well and that my mom and I got to take them this year.

And now as an adult, I can enjoy The Nutcracker in the form of a cocktail – a sugar plum cocktail. This Sugar Plum Fairy Punch is perfectly sweet and festive for the season!

Close up photo of Sugar Plum Fairy Punch with white wooden christmas tree in background

I managed to find plum liqueur which is obviously perfect for this cocktail. This is not a sponsored post. I didn’t know such a liqueur existed, but when I got the idea for this drink, I was pleased to find it! The purple color was the perfect base for this drink for creating the purple tone of the sugar plum color. Depending on where you live, it may be difficult to find as it is not carried in a lot of stores. Below in the recipe tips, I provided some alternate suggestions!

Mixed with the plum liqueur, I also added vodka, a splash of grenadine, pomegranate juice, and topped it with some ginger ale. This drink is sweet and fruity and is perfect for serving in a punch bowl for your holiday parties! Garnish with some sugared cranberries, pomegranate seeds, or sliced plums, and it’s the most lovely drink!

Sugar Plum Fairy Punch close up overhead with ornaments

Recipe Tips and Suggestions:

  • You can find the plum liqueur I used at Total Wine, which are located all over the country. Your local stores may carry other brands of something similar, but this one is what I used.
  • If you cannot locate the plum liqueur, you can swap it for something else. Some blue curacao would also help create the purple tone of the sugar plum hue when mixed with the red liquids, for example. Any liqueur that has wintry fruity flavors would work nicely – cherry, raspberry, orange, pomegranate, etc.
  • You may also be able to find plum simple syrups that you can swap in place of the grenadine.
  • Garnish the drink with cranberries (or sugared cranberries), sliced plums, raspberries, and/or pomegranate seeds.
  • This recipe can easily be doubled, tripled, etc. to serve a large gathering.
  • This recipe makes enough for 6 cocktails with about 2 ounces of alcohol per serving. Of course, you can adjust this however you want, adding more or less of the vodka and liqueur.
  • You can also adjust the grenadine, pomegranate juice, and the ginger ale (or ginger beer) based on your desired level of sweetness and “booziness”.

Sugar Plum Fairy Punch

Sugar Plum Fairy Punch in a glass with a nutcracker and ornaments behind it
Yield: 6 servings

Sugar Plum Fairy Punch

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Sugar Plum Fairy Punch - The loveliest holiday cocktail! Vodka mixed with plum liqueur and more to create the perfect sugar plum shade!


  • 8 ounces vodka
  • 6 ounces plum liqueur (see note)
  • 9 ounces pomegranate juice (or to taste)
  • 2 ounces grenadine
  • 3 cups ginger ale (or ginger beer)


  1. Add the vodka, liqueur, juice, grenadine, and ginger ale to a pitcher or punch bowl. Stir to combine. Feel free to add more juice or ginger ale to taste.
  2. Serve alongside ice (or chill in advance). Garnish as desired.


Please see alternate suggestions in the recipe tips section above if you cannot locate a plum liqueur.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 drink

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 190Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 12mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 0gSugar: 21gProtein: 0g

Sugar Plum Fairy Punch