Holiday Punch Recipes

The holidays are all about playing host to family and friends, but instead of shaking cocktails one by one, look to punches, which allow you to prebatch your drinks and serve large groups in one fell swoop. Here are some of our favorite party-ready holiday punch recipes.

Charleston Brown Water Punch
Roderick Weaver from the Bar at Husk created this rum- and whiskey-based Southern punch recipe to serve at society events, where you’ll typically find a pitcher tucked among many bottles of bourbon.

Day Dream Polish Punch
A traditional style of punch made from water and sugar simmered with dried fruits.

Dominican Spiced Cider
Made with rum and red wine, this spiced cider becomes more flavorful the longer it steeps. Make it ahead and enjoy long into the evening.

Drink Boston Fort Point Punch
Champagne adds a festive sparkle to this punch from Boston, which is otherwise flush with baking spice and bright lemon flavors.

Gin 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
Wine lovers will love the tang of this Shiraz and vermouth punch, buffered with a bracing dose of rye whiskey and brandy for good measure.

Miel Picante Punch
The added heat on this warm rum and apple cider punch comes from a subtly spicy jalapeño and rum honey.

Santa’s Little Helper Cider Punch
Cinnamon, spice and everything nice.

Sparkling Pomegranate Punch
Bright winter citrus gives this fizzy punch a colorful, tangy boost. The recipe easily doubles to accommodate large gatherings in a snap.

Tequila-Sherry Egg Nog
It just wouldn’t be the holidays without a batch of egg nog, and Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s recipe using sherry and tequila is as delicious as it is decadent.

Vixen Punch
This vodka punch is featured in our book, Cocktails for the Holidays, a collection of holiday recipes from talented bartenders around the world.

Yuletide Wave Punch
Think tiki drinks aren’t made for the holidays? This tropical punch will change your mind.