20 Best Party Punch Recipes

There's a crowd-pleasing recipe for every occasion

Pomegranate Champagne Punch

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Throwing a party is fun and a great punch recipe can make your hosting experience hassle-free so you can enjoy the festivities along with your guests. Serving a punch is also one of the easiest and cheapest drink options available.

There are many great recipes to choose from. Whether you're looking for an alcoholic punch for adults or a recipe that skips the liquor so kids and nondrinkers can enjoy it too, one of these punches should be perfect for any occasion.

How Much Punch Will You Need?

Small affairs with just a few people can be covered with just a pitcher or two. Larger parties will need some planning. The general rule is to count on 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 are serving other beverages, you can 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.
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    Jim Beam Fruit Punch

    Jim Beam Fruit Punch Cocktail
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    If you're thinking your party could do with a little whiskey, try the Jim Beam fruit punch. This cocktail mixes cherry-flavored bourbon with strawberry liqueur and passion fruit juice. It's then topped with as much Champagne, strawberries, and lemon twists as your punch bowl can hold.

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    Pineapple and Sage Gimlet

    Pineapple Sage Gimlet Punch
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    A small pitcher-sized recipe, the pineapple and sage gimlet is a fantastic addition to any brunch. It requires just five ingredients, including its namesake ingredients and gin.

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    Rosé Berry Bliss

    Rose Berry Bliss Cocktail Champagne Recipe
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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 Sangria

    White Peach Sangria
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    Sangrias are among the most popular party drinks. Though the recipes vary, they all feature lots of fruit and wine, sometimes with a little liquor. This white peach sangria is a fun twist, featuring a pinot grigio, mango rum, and peach schnapps. It's fun, it's fruity, and it's 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 - Sparkling Whiskey and Lemonade Punch
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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's absolutely delicious.

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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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    Cranberry Elderflower Champagne Punch

    Cranberry Elderflower Champagne Punch

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    A bright and flavorful punch, the cranberry elderflower Champagne punch is great for any occasion. It adds the soft taste of elderflower to a sweetened blend of cranberry and lemon juices. Everyone will marvel how that floral fruitiness comes to life under the bubbles of a sparkling wine.

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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-infused 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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    Liquid Lust

    Pink tequila
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    If you have a group that appreciates tequila, the liquid lust is the recipe for you. It's like a sangria, filled with fresh fruits, juices, and white wine. Though the hibiscus-infused tequila is recommended, the recipe 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 sure to grab attention. 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.

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    Mrs. Claus' Wildside Punch

    Mrs. Claus' Wildside Punch
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    ​Despite the name, this punch recipe is actually 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, 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. Mulled wine is a perfect choice and it works just as well around the holidays as it does throughout the season. This is just one of the many mulled wine recipes and it's incredibly easy to prepare.

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    Centennial Punch

    Centennial Punch - Stranton Social

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    Pineapple-flavored whiskey is the star of this exciting punch, but it's not the only pineapple ingredient. The centennial punch requires a homemade 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 non-alcoholic punches, a perfect recipe to start with is the sparkling cranberry punch. Three ingredients plus a few seasonal fruits for the garnish are all you need to pull this one off. 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 simple recipe, this is a fruit punch that everyone will love. Simply stop by your grocer's freezer section for orange juice and lemonade, then pick up pineapple juice and ginger ale. You're done in a matter of minutes!

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    Sherbet Punch

    Sherbert Punch at a Halloween Party
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    An easy drink that's perfect for any occasion, sherbet punch is a green, foamy, citrusy concoction accented with lime. Whether it's a birthday party or a graduation, this one's a crowd favorite!

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    Salted Caramel Apple Punch

    Salted Caramel Apple Punch

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    For a fall party, you'll want 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 really set the celebration into full swing.

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    Banana Slush Punch

    Banana Slush Punch

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    Bananas, anyone? It's hard to resist this slushy punch on a hot summer day. The trickiest part of the recipe is mashing the bananas, but it's not hard. When you add the pineapple, orange, and lemonade, you'll have a punch that's gone before you know it.

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    Hot Gold Apple Cider

    Hot Gold Apple Cider

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    Hot apple cider is also a cold weather treat. For the adults, this hot cider combines rum and cinnamon schnapps with cider and spices to create an unbelievably aromatic brew.