Need to serve a thirsty crowd? Instead of shaking cocktails one by one, look toward punches, which allow you to prebatch your drinks and serve large groups in one fell swoop. Here are some of our favorite party-ready punch recipes.
Admiral’s Rum and Brandy Punch
Tangy flavors of apricot, pineapple and grapefruit mingle with the subtle spices of rum and brandy in this warming winter punch.
The talented duo behind New York City’s ever-popular Employees Only offer up this reworked, Jerry Thomas classic in their book, Speakeasy: Classic Cocktails Reimagined From New York’s Employees Bar.
Kentucky Cardinal Punch (pictured)
This punch from Kentucky bartender Kyle Higgins gets a strong fruity backbone from Southern Belle shiraz, a robust Australian wine aged in used Pappy Van Winkle whiskey barrels.
Miel Picante Punch
This warm party punch from Manhattan bartender Jane Danger packs some added heat with a spicy jalapeño and rum honey. But chile-phobes shouldn’t fear: the heat of the spiced honey is not at all overwhelming; “in fact it’s very light and warming,” Danger notes.
Spiced Pear Punch
Ginger and pears are a classic wintry duo, and here they become the base for a delicious sparkling punch.
Wassail is a traditional part of English Christmas celebrations, dating back to the 13th century. There are a myriad of recipes, but this more traditional recipe comes from Carla Bardi’s The Silver Book of Cocktails.