The holidays are all about playing host to family and friends, but 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 holiday punch recipes. Let the mingling and merriment commence!
This English-style ale punch gets its orange aroma from homemade capillaire (a syrup traditionally made with maidenhair fern) in an updated recipe from Jacob Grier.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Velvet Ace Party Punch
Sweet and spicy, with hints of licorice and a slightly bitter finish.