One, Two, Punch! The Best Big-Batch Cocktails for a Party
BOURBON APPLE PUNCH
The key to this tart-yet-sweet cocktail is all in the apple-cinnamon simple syrup. Combined with ginger beer, bourbon, and lemon juice, it's basically a crisp Christmas miracle in a cup. Get the recipe HERE.
Not to be confused with the potent "jungle juice" that's a mainstay at college parties, this citrus-mango punch from Baked Bree is decidedly more sophisticated, but still pretty boozy.
SANTA'S LITTLE HELPER
This awesomely named sparkling punch from the blog Making Lemonade gets its pretty pink color from cranberry juice. To make it non-alcoholic, simply swap in lemon-lime soda for the Champagne.
If you think sangria can only be sipped during the summer, you haven't tasted this sparkling white wine version from Sweet Peas and Saffron. The wintry mix of ingredients includes nutmeg, cloves, apples, pears and pomegranate seeds.
DECORATIVE ICE RING
There's no denying that a bowl of punch looks pretty. But to take your party presentation to the next level, follow this tutorial from Donuts, Dresses and Dirt and make a fruit-filled ice ring to keep your drink cool, using ingredients that match your recipe.
This blood orange and gin libation proves that not all punches have to be cloyingly sweet. To best enhance its flavor, be sure to vigorously muddle the sugar into the fruit rinds to release their oils.
Whether you call it glogg, glühwine or mulled wine, it doesn't change the fact that the spicy-sweet punch is delicious. This mulled wine from TasteFood is made with brown sugar, which gives it a rich, caramel-like flavor.
Honeycrisp apples and unoaked chardonnay come together in this festive concoction from Pretty Plain Janes. Rimming your guests' glasses in cinnamon sugar is a thoughtful touch that's sure to impress.
COCONUT RUM PUNCH
Want to inject some sunny Caribbean vibes into your party? Try this tropical punch from A Night Owl Blog and you'll forget all about that howling blizzard outside.
CRANBERRY MINT PUNCH
Made with mint tea, this non-alcoholic fruit punch from I Should be Mopping the Floor is refreshing and crisp, making it perfect for a daytime affair.
WHITE CHRISTMAS SANGRIA
The rosemary in this white sangria recipe from Cooking Stoned gives it plenty of holiday flair. And we love the way blogger Jerry James Stone rolls sprigs of the rosemary garnish in sugar to give them a snow-kissed look.
SLOW COOKER PUNCH
If you're feeling especially lazy, set up your slow cooker to make this cranberry spice punch from The Shabby Creek Cottage. Then kick back and enjoy the fruits of your trusty appliance's labor. Who says the holidays have to be stressful?