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. Serving a punch allows you to avoid the hassle and expense of creating individual mixed drinks. When it comes to deciding which punch to serve, consider a few of the following:
- If your party is geared toward adults, then a punch that includes alcohol may be a perfect choice.
- 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.
- The majority of punch recipes are universal and can work for almost any occasion. Some 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.
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Rum Punch Recipes
Rum has long been a favorite base for punch recipes. A number of 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.
A few favorite rum-based punches are:
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Whiskey Punch Recipes
With a whiskey base, you get a little more background flavor to work with. Most 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.
Some tasty whiskey punches are:
- Bourbon Eggnog is a holiday favorite with whiskey, cognac, fresh eggs, Grand Marnier, milk, cream, and holiday spices.
- Centennial Punch is a tropical punch with pineapple-infused whiskey, coriander-pineapple syrup, fresh lemon, and even more pineapple.
- Jim Beam Fruit Punch is a cherry-flavored whiskey and Champagne punch with strawberry liqueur and passion fruit.
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Brandy and Tequila Punch Recipes
Choosing a brandy for your punch is easy. 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 is a traditional recipe with brandy, eggs, milk, and nutmeg.
- Tom & Jerry is another holiday classic with rum and brandy in a warm milk punch.
- Wassail is a traditional punch with brandy and sherry mixed with eggs and holiday spices.
Tequila Punch Recipes
Tequila 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 for these punches:
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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.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Wine Punch Recipes
Wine is a perfect base for light punch recipes that won't get your guests too drunk. Try one of these for your next party:
- Apricot Sunray mixes cognac, sparkling wine, and apricot and citrus fruits.
- Bloody Rum Punch is a simplified version of Sangria.
- Champagne Punch this mix of Champagne, ginger ale, and citrus fruit and strawberries are nice for a brunch party.
- Sangria is 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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Warm Winter Punch Recipes
There are many occasions when a nice, warm punch is the perfect addition to the party. 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 is a traditional holiday punch with rum, vodka, red wine, and holiday spices
- Hot Gold Apple Cider mixes rum and cinnamon schnapps with apple cider and seasonal spices.
- Mulled Pomegranate Warmer has red wine with pomegranate liqueur, lemons, and oranges as well as seasonal spices.
- Steelers Cider features a warm mix of bourbon and apple cider with autumn spices.
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Non-Alcoholic Punch Recipes
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. Some family-friendly options are:
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How Much Punch Will You Need?
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.
- Factor in any other beverages you are serving
To estimate how much punch a recipe will make, you may need to do some math.
- Most punch recipes are written in ounces. 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, customize any punch recipe to fit your particular party.