12 Holiday Punch Recipes to Get Any Party Started
’Tis the season for punch, and if you’re in need of a refreshing and potent cocktail recipe that serves a crowd, you’ve come to the right place! We are huge fans of punch because it can be made in advance, it’s a large batch that will quench a big group’s thirst, and it’s festive and fun. Punch also eliminates the need for a bartender. Your guests can simply help themselves to a glass of the good stuff. Ready to get this party started? Here are 12 punch recipes perfect for your holiday soirée.
Campari, dark rum, spiced rum, pomegranate juice, cranberry juice, and rooibos tea are combined to make this vibrantly colored punch, aptly titled Red Ryder.
A rich simple syrup is sweeter than normal simple syrup. To make it, you use double the amount of sugar instead of the normal one-to-one ratio of sugar and water. This Champagne holiday punch has the rich simple syrup, lemon juice, club soda, and Champagne plus two mixologist spirits: Genever (a juniper-flavored Dutch alcohol) and Creole Shrubb (an orange liqueur made with sugarcane).
If your lemon tree is weighed down with glistening, jewel-like yellow lemons, use them to make this charred lemon sparkler. Gin is infused with rosemary, sugar, and charred lemon juice. This tantalizing concoction is topped off with a bottle of sparkling wine. Cheers!
The easiest way to flavor punch is by making an infused simple syrup. This recipe for gin party punch does just that with orange tea bags. The tea-infused sugar-and-water syrup is then combined with gin, fresh orange and lemon juice, pineapple juice, and pomegranate juice.
No punch roundup would be complete without a creamy, frothy eggnog-style punch. This recipe is inspired by Momofuku Milk Bar’s famed cereal milk. You steep milk in toasted cornflakes until the milk takes on the flavor of the cereal. It’s then combined with bourbon to make a divine cereal milk punch.
Mezcal and gin are the two evils in this Touch of Evil Punch. To make a clear block of ice, boil water and pour it into a bread pan (or other mold that fits inside of your punch bowl) and freeze immediately. Make it festive by throwing a few lemon rounds into the mold before you place it in the freezer.
Beer and bourbon come together in this genius recipe for an effervescent Red Nose Punch that is seasoned with lime juice and cinnamon-infused simple syrup.
An old-school-style drink, like this holiday whiskey punch, is always made with an oleo-saccharum, a mixture of citrus peel and sugar. This acts as the base flavor, and then spirit (in this case rye whiskey) and water are added to make the punch. The longer you let the oleo-saccharum sit, the better the punch will taste.
The Aperol spritz is a classic Italian cocktail sipped by the masses in plazas all over the boot-shaped country. This recipe for Aperol spritz punch is inspired by that cocktail, but it has a festive twist. Strawberry-infused vodka is added to the mix, making it an ideal party starter.
A shrub is a fruit-and-vinegar syrup that is often used to sweeten cocktails. This recipe has you make a raspberry shrub and use it to flavor a red wine–based Beaujolais cobbler.
The Irish whiskey–based punch à la Taylor is for those with a more distinguished palate, as it involves harder-to-find ingredients: Assam tea, tamarind nectar, and a bitter French aperitif called Suze.
This vodka-based recipe for holiday party punch is nice and fizzy thanks to the addition of sparkling cider and ginger ale.
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What kind of punch will you be celebrating with?