10 Holiday Party Punch Recipes That Are Easy to Make

Spice Up You Christmas Party With a Spirited Punch

Christmas punch recipe

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Hosting a holiday party is a lot of fun, but it can also become overwhelming. One way to reduce the hassle is to simplify the drink service by offering your guests a festive punch. 

Filled with the best flavors of the season, some of these punch recipes are chilled while others are served warm. You'll also find a few with a surprising twist or two that will awe your guests with the amazing flavors you pulled together. 

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    Winter Warmer Mulled Sangria

    Christina Karl's Winter Warmer Mulled Sangria Cocktail
    Christina Karl

    Sangria meets mulled wine in a fantastic recipe that is one of the comfiest punches you can mix up. It's a warm, fruity delight that your guests will love.

    Jagermeister Spice and Pama are the spirits of choice in this recipe and they're paired with sangria's signature red wine. On top of that, you will find fresh cranberries and pomegranate as well as a juice blend of both fruits. Toss in a few traditional mulling spices and your party is complete.

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    Centennial Punch

    Centennial Punch - Stranton Social
    Stranton Social

    For a smaller gathering, the centennial punch is a charming choice. It brings a tropical fruit into the holiday season which adds an unexpected flair to the occasion.

    Give yourself at least a full day to prepare the key ingredients. Once the pineapple-infused whiskey and coriander-pineapple syrup are ready, it's a simple mix and is sure to delight your snowbound guests.

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    Hot Gold Apple Cider

    Hot Gold Apple Cider

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    Hot gold apple cider is a guaranteed hit and the ideal winter warmer for cold nights. As a bonus, it will fill your home with the comforting scents of the season and add to the festive atmosphere.

    The recipe is a simple mix of rum, cinnamon schnapps, and apple cider, mixed with a few holiday-worthy spices. Leave it on the stove or in the slow cooker to warm throughout the day and allow guests to ladle it up as they please.

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    Coquito recipe

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    Eggnog is a holiday favorite but not everyone is a fan of drinking eggs. Appeal to all of your guests with the coquito recipe. It's considered the Puerto Rican version of eggnog and offers the same richness and spices.

    Instead of eggs, coquito uses a base of creamy coconut. It's spiked with a fair amount of rum and flavored with all the traditional holiday spices. The best part is that it's blended and needs to rest for just an hour in the fridge, so it's far easier than traditional eggnog.

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    English Christmas Punch

    Christmas punch recipe

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    English Christmas punch is a traditional recipe that deserves a brighter spotlight today. It's warm, comforting, and you can choose to add a little fire as well.

    The punch is potent because it uses a full bottle of both dark rum and red wine. Those are tamed down a bit with strongly brewed tea and orange and lemon juices. Add some seasonal fruit to the punch bowl and a delightful drink is ready for guests.

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    Mulled Pomegranate Warmer

    Mulled Pomegranate Warmer
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    Traditional mulled wine is always a welcome addition to the holiday season and it's a great base for a modern update. This mulled pomegranate warmer brings one of today's most popular liqueurs into the mix.

    Pama adds a sweet-tart, juicy pomegranate flavor to the punch and it pairs perfectly with red wine. The seasonal spices and citrus fruits finish it off perfectly, creating an inviting warm punch.

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    Hot Gin Punch

    Hendrick's Gin and an Old Sydney Town Punch
    Hendrick's Gin

    Warm gin is both aromatic and engaging and it makes a lovely punch. It comes to life in the hot gin punch, a recipe that offers a most impressive array of flavors.

    This punch pairs the soft flavors of Hendrick's Gin with Madiera wine. It adds a little pineapple and citrus for a tropical touch, honey for sweetness, and tops all that off with the wonderful spices of winter.

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    Cranberry Fresh Punch

    Cranberry Fresh Gin Punch

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    Cranberries are one of the signature fruits of the season and this lovely punch is all about those tiny morsels. It's a simple gin punch that is filled with flavor and delightfully easy to make.

    The key here is to choose a gin that pairs well with berries and Brockmans is one of the best choices on the market. Add triple sec, lemon and cranberry juices, then some allspice dram to give it an extra dimension. Garnish it with fresh berries and rosemary and this holiday gem is ready to serve.

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  • 09 of 10

    Irish Punch

    Bushmills' Warm Irish Punch Cocktail - Irish Whiskey Hot Toddy

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    If you love a hot toddy or two, share it with your guests using a recipe that amplifies the cocktail's signature flavors. The Irish punch is a fabulous and simple recipe that's best when served piping hot.

    Irish whiskey is the star of this toddy recipe and it includes other signature ingredients like citrus and honey. Yet, it is the Drambuie, with its spiced honey flavor, that really sets it over the top.

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    Mrs. Claus' Wildside Punch

    Mrs. Claus' Wildside Punch
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    Few recipes are as fun (or easy) as Mrs. Claus' wildside punch. It takes just minutes to mix up and everything is poured equally so measuring it out is a breeze.

    Tequila and a fruity pink liqueur are the stars of this funky drink. Cranberry and pomegranate juices round off the four-ingredient punch, which leaves you plenty of time to cut a few lime twists to dress up your guests' drinks.