20 Best Party Punch Recipes

Discover a crowd-pleasing recipe for every occasion

Pomegranate Champagne Punch

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It's fun to throw a party, and serving punch can make your hosting experience hassle-free so you can enjoy the festivities along with your guests. It's also one of the easiest and cheapest drink options.

There are many great punch recipes available. Whether you're looking for an alcoholic punch for adults or a booze-free recipe that kids and nondrinkers can enjoy, too, or something with seasonal flair, one of these punches will fit your party perfectly.

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    Jim Beam Fruit Punch

    Jim Beam Fruit Punch Cocktail

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    If your party could use a little whiskey, try the Jim Beam fruit punch. This recipe mixes cherry-flavored bourbon with strawberry liqueur and passion fruit juice. Finish it off with Champagne, strawberries, and lemon twists for extra pizazz.

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    Pineapple and Sage Gimlet

    Pineapple Sage Gimlet Punch

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    A pitcher-sized recipe, the pineapple and sage gimlet is a fantastic addition to warm weather affairs as well as brunch. It requires just five ingredients, including fresh sage, pineapple juice, and a premium gin.

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    Rosé Berry Bliss

    Rose Berry Bliss Cocktail Champagne
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    Sweet and lovely, the rosé berry bliss is a great last-minute punch. It uses a pink sparkling wine and lemon-lime soda along with frozen blueberries and pink lemonade. Perfect for intimate affairs, it's an effervescent drink everyone will enjoy.

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    White Peach and Mango Sangria

    White Wine Peach and Mango Sangria
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    Sangria is a popular party drink, no matter the occasion. Though the recipes vary, they all feature lots of fruit and wine, sometimes with a little liquor. This white peach and mango sangria is a fun twist, featuring a pinot grigio, mango rum, and peach schnapps. It's fun, fruity, and sure to please.

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    Apricot Sunray

    Hennessy Black Apricot Sunray Punch

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    Apricots aren't common in a punch, but they're a fantastic way to brighten up the party. In the apricot sunray, you'll use apricot in several forms, including a nectar, liqueur, and fresh fruit slices. With blood orange juice, cognac, and dry sparkling wine, it comes together beautifully and is perfect for any affair.

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    Packer's Punch

    Packers Punch in a pitcher

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    Whether you're watching a game or not, the Packer's punch is a great drink. It's nothing more than a whiskey-spiked sparkling lemonade, but it is delicious, and you'll love how easy it is to make.

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    Cranberry Fresh Punch

    Cranberry Fresh Gin Punch

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    When the holidays roll around, you'll want to serve a special punch that celebrates the season. The cranberry fresh punch should do just fine. It features a berry-dominant gin, cranberry juice, and allspice dram for a winter-worthy mix.

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    Pomegranate Champagne Punch

    Pomegranate Champagne Punch

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    Champagne punch adds a little sparkle to a special occasion. This pomegranate and cranberry recipe is fantastic in its simplicity. You'll love how well the two juices mix with citrus vodka, cinnamon syrup, and two sparkling beverages.

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    Cranberry Elderflower Champagne Punch

    Cranberry Elderflower Champagne Punch

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    A bright and flavorful drink, the cranberry elderflower Champagne punch is excellent for any occasion. It adds the soft taste of elderflower to a sweetened blend of cranberry and lemon juices. When that floral fruitiness comes to life under the bubbles of sparkling wine, it's a marvelous thing.

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    Tequila Sangria

    Tequila Sangria Wine Punch

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    If you have a group that appreciates tequila, the tequila sangria is the recipe for you. It's like a sangria, filled with fresh fruits, juices, and white wine. And though it recommends a hibiscus-infused tequila, it works wonderfully with any tequila.

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    Midori Berry Bliss Punch

    Midori Berry Bliss Punch

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    With its brilliant green color, the Midori berry bliss is a showstopper. It has a captivating flavor combination of melon, vanilla, raspberry, and pineapple. Add a little soda or sparkling wine and you have the perfect bubbly drink for a crowd.

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    Mrs.Claus' Wildside Punch

    Mrs. Claus' Wildside Punch

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    ​Despite the name, this punch recipe is fabulous year-round. Mrs. Claus' wildside punch is extraordinary with its mix of a funky fruit liqueur, tequila, and pomegranate and cranberry juices. It's festive and fun and perfect for any party.

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    Mulled Wine

    Traditional Mulled Wine

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    In the winter, warm up your guests with a hot punch like mulled wine. It's a classic that works just as well around the holidays as it does throughout the season. This is only one of the many mulled wine recipes, and it's incredibly easy to prepare.

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    Hot Gold Apple Cider

    Hot Gold Apple Cider

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    Hot apple cider is a cold weather treat. This hot gold apple cider recipe adds rum and cinnamon schnapps along with seasonal spices to create an unbelievably aromatic brew.

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    Centennial Punch

    Centennial Punch

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    Pineapple-flavored whiskey is the star of this exciting centennial punch, but it's not the only pineapple ingredient. The recipe requires a homemade pineapple infusion, as well as a coriander-pineapple syrup and pureed pineapple. Finish it up with caramelized lemon slices, and you're ready for the party.

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    Sparkling Cranberry Punch

    Sparkling Cranberry Punch

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    Moving into the nonalcoholic punches, a perfect recipe to start with is the sparkling cranberry punch. To pull it off, you'll need just three ingredients plus a few seasonal fruits for the garnish. It has a lovely fruity flavor that will please kids and adults alike.

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    Fruit Punch

    Fruit Punch

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    Another easy recipe, this fruit punch is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Stop by your grocer's freezer section for orange juice and lemonade, then pick up pineapple juice and ginger ale. Mix it up, and you're done!

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    Sherbet Punch

    Sherbert Punch at a Halloween Party
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    An easy drink that's a crowd favorite, sherbet punch is a green, foamy, citrusy concoction accented with lime sherbet. Whether it's a birthday party, graduation, or Halloween, it's a ton of fun.

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    Salted Caramel Apple Punch

    Salted Caramel Apple Punch

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    For a fall party, mix up a family-friendly punch that shows off the season. The salted caramel apple punch is sure to be a hit, combining apple cider, orange juice, and caramel syrup. Have fun with the garnishes to set the celebration into full swing.

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    Thanksgiving Punch

    Thanksgiving Punch for the Family
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    A spiced syrup adds a brilliant seasonal flair to apple cider in this Thanksgiving punch recipe. It includes cranberries, as well as apple and orange slices, with loads of fruity sparkle. Mix it up for a holiday gathering, and there's no need to worry about other drinks.

How Much Punch Will You Need?

A pitcher works perfectly for small affairs with just a few guests. Larger parties require extra planning: The general rule is to provide 1 gallon of punch for every 10 guests. It's a conservative estimate that assumes each guest will drink about three 4-ounce servings. If you're serving other beverages, reduce the amount of punch you make.

To estimate how much punch a recipe will make:

  • Keep in mind that there are 128 ounces in 1 gallon.
  • Add up all of the ingredients to estimate the total volume.
  • Multiply or divide the volume to fit the number of guests you expect.