*Grabs punch bowl*

Cheerwine Punch
Credit: Courtesy Cheerwine

It's not too early to raise a toast to the holiday season. Right? Right!

Well, we've got some excellent news for Cheerwine aficionados: Cheerwine Punch is back! Celebrating its centennial this year, the North Carolina-bred soft drink company has long enjoyed a cult following in the Carolinas and throughout the South. Now, we're once again excited to grab their signature punch, which has delectable notes of fizzy ginger ale and sweet pineapple rounding out the classic wild cherry base.

"Since before the 1930s, Cheerwine Punch has been a part of my family's holiday traditions for generations, just like it's been a holiday tradition for many families in the Carolinas," said Joy Ritchie-Harper, director of marketing for Cheerwine and fifth-generation founding family member in a press release. You can pick up the invigorating beverage at supermarkets in North Carolina, South Carolina, and throughout the Delmarva Peninsula region now through December 31st (the average price is $1.50 a bottle). You can also purchase the limited-edition release online at cheerwine.com.

To make the traditional punch, the recipe is as follows: Combine two 2-liter bottles of Cheerwine, one 2-liter bottle of ginger ale, and two 46-ounce cans of unsweetened pineapple juice. Serve in a drink dispenser or punch bowl. For those of you still holding onto a bottle or two of Cheerwine Kreme, the mashup concoction between Krispy Kreme and Cheerwine, feel free to experiment and add a generous glug or two to top things off.

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Adults may enjoy taking Cheerwine's recommendation of mixing one part Cheerwine Punch with one part Champagne. Served in a Champagne flute rimmed with sugar, we certainly can't think of a better way to ring in the New Year, and Cheerwine's 101st.