The Ultimate Party Punch Collection

  • 01 of 09

    Save Time and Energy by Serving Punch at Your Next Party

    Party punch recipes are fun to make and please the crowd
    Serve a punch at your next party and enjoy the ease of entertaining in style. The best part? There's a punch of every flavor to choose from!. Howard Shooter / Dorling Kindersley / Getty Images

    Throwing a party is fun and the experience should be hassle-free and something you enjoy. When it comes to the drinks, serving a punch is one of the easiest options available and there are so many great recipes to choose from that your guests will love.

    Why the Party Punch Is a Great Option

    When you are hosting a large party, the last thing you want is to be stuck behind the bar shaking cocktails. This not only takes some of the fun out of the party for you, but it also takes you away from your...MORE guests.

    One way around that is to recruit or hire a bartender to take care of the drink orders. That could end up costing you quite a bit in labor and liquor and the easier (and cheaper) alternative is to serve a punch.

    How to Choose a Great Punch for Your Party

    There are many punch recipes included in this collection that will work for any party. When it comes to deciding which punch to serve, consider a few of the following:

    • Adults Only? If your party is geared toward adults, then a punch that includes alcohol may be a perfect choice. This collection is filled with spiked punch recipes of every kind and they are sorted by spirit and style to make it easier to browse.
    • For those parties that will have children or underage guests, serving a non-alcoholic punch is your best option. If you will be serving a boozy punch as well, clearly label each punch bowl. It is also best to choose punches that have a different color or look so you don't have sneaky teenagers dipping into the spiked bowl.
    • A seasonal flare? The majority of punch recipes are universal and can work for almost any occasion. Some, however, are a little more appropriate for special occasions like Christmas parties or weddings. A number of these punches are served warm and would be perfect for autumn or winter parties.

    Punch Recipes for Special Occasions

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  • 02 of 09

    Rum Punch Recipes

    Flip Flop Punch
    Freeze fresh fruit inside an ice ring for this Flip Flop Punch. Photography by Jessie Reeder/Moment Open/Getty Images

    Rum has long been a favorite base for punch recipes.

    A number of these recipes will recommend a specific brand or style of rum and if you cannot find the one called for, a similar option should be available. For those that simply use 'rum' as an ingredient, it is typically best to use a white or slightly aged rum, something that you may mix in your favorite Daiquiri.

    • Planter's Punch - Dark rum with grenadine and tropical fruit juices.
    • White Peach Sangria - Mango rum and Pinot Grigio...MORE with peach schnapps, citrus fruit, and soda.
    • Zombie Punch - Two recipes for a boozy rum punch. One is more of a traditional tiki style and the other is more of a rummed-up fruit punch.
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  • 03 of 09

    Whiskey Punch Recipes

    Centennial Punch - Stranton Social
    The Centennial Punch is perfect for winter parties, bringing in a tropical fruit feel and it all begins with pineapple-infused whiskey. Photo Courtesy: © Stranton Social

    With a whiskey base, we get a little more background flavor to work with.

    Most of these whiskey punch recipes will recommend a style of whiskey to use. Bourbon and Canadian whiskeys are the most popular styles though rye, blended, and Irish whiskeys will make a nice punch base as well.

    For those recipes that simply call for 'whiskey,' you might find a good blended whiskey works best. Also, think about the profile of the whiskey that you would mix into a similar cocktail and go with that.

    • Bo...MOREurbon Eggnog - Whiskey and cognac with fresh eggs, Grand Marnier, milk, cream, and holiday spices.
    • Centennial Punch - Pineapple-infused whiskey with coriander-pineapple syrup, fresh lemon, and even more pineapple.
    • Jim Beam Fruit Punch - Cherry-flavored whiskey and Champagne with strawberry liqueur and passion fruit.
    • Packers Punch - Bourbon with triple sec, lemonade, and soda.
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  • 04 of 09

    Brandy and Tequila Punch Recipes

    Sangria is a great summer drink to share
    Share a pitcher of Sangria with friends. Tony Robins/Photolibrary/Getty Images

    Brandy Punch Recipes

    Brandy often makes an appearance in traditional punch recipes and you should notice some familiar names.

    When choosing a brandy for your punch, don't worry about bringing out the best bottle you have in stock. There are a number of great tasting brandies at affordable prices that will work perfectly in these recipes.

    • Homemade Eggnog - A traditional recipe with brandy, eggs, milk, and nutmeg.
    • Tom & Jerry - Rum and brandy in a warm milk punch that is an old favorite for...MORE the holidays.
    • Wassail - A traditional recipe with brandy and sherry mixed with eggs and holiday spices.

    Tequila Punch Recipes

    Tequila is coming out of the shadows and can be used to create some very interesting bowls of punch.

    Unless otherwise noted in the recipe, it is best to use a quality blanco tequila for a punch base. It will have the most versatile flavor and there are many great blancos available that will not blow your party budget.

    • Liquid Lust - Hibiscus-flavored tequila with white wine and cranberry and orange juices served with summer fruits.
    • Mrs. Claus' Wildside - Tequila and X-Rated Fusion liqueur with pomegranate and cranberry.
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  • 05 of 09

    Gin Punch Recipes

    Belvedere Vodka's Royal Wedding Punch
    Created for the royal wedding, this punch looks innocent enough, but the vodka proves different. Of course, there's tea inside!. Photo Courtesy: © Belvedere Vodka

    A gin punch is perfect for spring and summer, though a few are ideal for winter as well.

    Gin Punch Recipes

    Gin may be best known for making a great Martini, but as you will soon discover, it makes an excellent punch base as well. These are flavor-filled recipes that have a universal appeal and should be the hit of any party.

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  • 06 of 09

    Wine Punch Recipes

    Don Q Bloody Rum Punch
    This Bloody Rum Punch is a simple variation on Sangria and it's great for any party. David C. Humphreys / Photolibrary / Getty Images

    Wine is a perfect base for light punch recipes that won't get your guests too drunk.

    From Sangria to Champagne Punch, wine punches have long been among our favorites. Among these recipes are old-fashioned as well as modern punches and there's sure to be one that's perfect for your next party.

    • Apricot Sunray - Cognac and sparkling wine with apricot and citrus fruits.
    • Bloody Rum Punch - Rum and red wine in a simplified version of Sangria.
    • Champagne Punch - Champagne and ginger ale with...MORE citrus fruit and strawberries.
    • English Christmas Punch - Rum and red wine with tea and citrus fruit accents.
    • Rosé Berry Bliss - Rosé wine with pink lemonade and blueberries.
    • Sangria - A classic punch of brandy and red wine with citrus fruit and soda. There are many ways to make this fun punch.
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  • 07 of 09

    Warm Winter Punch Recipes

    Hot Gold Apple Cider
    Heat this Hot Gold Apple Cider all day long to fill your house with a beautiful spiced aroma. Comstock/Stockbyte/Getty Images

    There are many occasions when a nice, warm punch is the perfect addition to the party.

    The best part of a warm punch has to be the aroma. Most of these recipes include cinnamon, nutmeg, and other seasonal spices that fill the room with their comforting smell, which only adds to the party atmosphere.

    With only a few exceptions, these warm punches can be heated and served right out of your slow cooker. This is a safe, easy way to heat up the party in style.

    • Glogg - Rum, vodka, and red wine with...MORE holiday spices in a traditional holiday punch.
    • Hot Gold Apple Cider - Rum and cinnamon schnapps with apple cider and seasonal spices.
    • Mulled Pomegranate Warmer - Red wine with pomegranate liqueur, lemons, and oranges as well as seasonal spices.
    • Steelers Cider - A warm mix of bourbon and apple cider with autumn spices.
    • Winter Warmer Mulled Sangria - A warm sangria with pomegranate, cranberry, and mulling spices.
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  • 08 of 09

    Non-Alcoholic Punch Recipes

    Sherbert Punch at a Halloween Party
    Sherbet Punch is great for any party, including Halloween. Rita Maas / StockFood Creative / Getty Images

    Graduations and birthday parties for the kids require a great punch as well. 

    The great thing about looking for non-alcoholic punches is that most mocktail recipes can easily be converted into a punch. Simply increase the ingredients in equal proportions and you have transformed a good drink into a great punch that everyone can enjoy.

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  • 09 of 09

    How Much Punch Will You Need?

    Classic Fish House Punch
    Everyone loves a great party punch and serving one takes a bit of the pressure off you as the host. Steve Brown Photography / Photolibrary / Getty Images

    It is always difficult to estimate how much punch you will need for a party. Small affairs with just a few people can be covered with just a pitcher or two. Larger parties will need some planning.

    • The typical recommendation is to count on 1 gallon of punch for every 10 people at the party.
    • This is conservative and assumes that each guest will drink about three 4-ounce servings.

    If you are serving other beverages such as beer, wine, soda and coffee, this should be factored in to reduce the amount of...MORE punch needed.

    To estimate how much punch a recipe will make, you may need to do some math.

    • Most punch recipes are written in ounces and it is important to remember that there are 128 ounces in 1 gallon.
    • Add up all of the ingredients and you should have an estimate of the total volume.
    • Once you have this information, you can easily customize any punch recipe to fit your particular party.

    Use online calculators to help with the conversions. It is as simple as typing "ounces to gallons" into your favorite search engine.

    What If I Want to Use My Favorite Cocktail Recipe?

    You're in luck because almost every drink recipe can be converted into a punch.

    There are some obvious exceptions  (like the Martini and Manhattan) but most of your mixer-heavy cocktails can be converted to serve a crowd and all it involves is some simple math: How to Turn (Almost) Any Cocktail into a Party Punch.