Throwing a party is fun, 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, a booze-free recipe that kids and nondrinkers can enjoy, or something with seasonal flair, one of these punch recipes will fit your party perfectly. No matter which punch you choose, don't forget the garnishes. Beyond adding flavor, fruits and herbs add a finishing touch that makes any punch more festive.
How Much Punch Will You Need?
A pitcher works perfectly for small affairs with just a few guests, though larger parties require extra planning. The general rule is to provide one gallon of punch for every 10 guests. A conservative estimate assumes each guest will drink about three four-ounce servings. If you're providing 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 liquid ingredients to estimate the recipe's total volume.
- Multiply or divide the volume to fit the number of guests you expect, and double or triple the recipe if needed.
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Jim Beam Fruit Punch
If your party could use a little whiskey, try the Jim Beam fruit punch. The recipe mixes cherry-flavored bourbon with strawberry liqueur and passion fruit juice. Finish it with Champagne, strawberries, and lemons for extra pizazz.
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Pineapple and Sage Gimlet
A pitcher-sized recipe, the pineapple and sage gimlet is a fantastic addition to warm weather affairs and brunch. It requires just five ingredients, including fresh sage, pineapple juice, and a premium gin.
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Rosé Berry Bliss
Sweet and lovely, the rosé berry bliss is a great last-minute punch. It uses rosé wine and lemon-lime soda along with frozen blueberries and frozen pink lemonade. Perfect for intimate affairs, it's an effervescent drink everyone will enjoy.
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White Peach and Mango Sangria
No matter the occasion, sangria is a popular party drink. 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 pinot grigio, mango rum, and peach schnapps.Continue to 5 of 25 below.
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Pimm's and Lemonade
A favorite in the U.K., Pimm's and lemonade is superiorly refreshing. Made with the namesake liqueur and carbonated lemonade, the addition of fresh cucumber, mint, orange, and strawberry guarantees it's ideal for summer.
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Apricots aren't typical in a punch, but they are a fantastic way to brighten up the party. In the apricot sunray, you'll use apricot in several forms. With blood orange juice, cognac, and dry sparkling wine, it comes together beautifully and is perfect for any affair.
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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
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.Continue to 9 of 25 below.
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Pomegranate Champagne Punch
Champagne punch adds a little sparkle to a special occasion. This pomegranate and cranberry recipe is fantastic in its simplicity. All your guests will love how well the two juices mix with citrus vodka, cinnamon syrup, and two sparkling beverages.
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Cranberry Elderflower Champagne Punch
A bright and flavorful drink, the cranberry elderflower Champagne punch is excellent for any occasion. It adds the soft taste of elderflower liqueur 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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If you have a group that appreciates tequila, the tequila sangria is the recipe for you. Filled with fresh fruits and white wine, it's like the average sangria, though tequila and a homemade hibiscus syrup transform it into something that's wonderfully unique.
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Berry Bliss Punch
With its brilliant green color, the berry bliss punch is a showstopper. It has a captivating flavor of melon liqueur mixed with both vanilla and raspberry vodkas. Pineapple juice and a little soda complete the mix, while red berries add a fun pop of color.Continue to 13 of 25 below.
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Halloween Harvest Punch
Two rums and melon liqueur form the base for the Halloween harvest punch. It's a great seasonal recipe that's worth hunting down white cranberry juice and unfiltered apple cider. Apple, blueberry, and melon ball garnishes complete this easy drink.
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Cranberry Ginger Shandy
The beer and lemonade of the average shandy can inspire many variations. Cranberry juice and ginger beer are added to the cranberry ginger shandy recipe alongside fresh lemon juice and pale ale or wheat beer. Rimming glasses with ginger sugar gives each sip an extra layer of flavor.
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Mrs. Claus' Wildside Punch
Despite the name, this punch recipe is fabulous year-round. Mrs. Claus' wildside punch is extraordinary with its mix of a funky fruit liqueur and tequila against a base of pomegranate and cranberry juices. It's festive and fun and perfect for any party.
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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 effortless to prepare.Continue to 17 of 25 below.
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Hot Gold Apple Cider
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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Pineapple-flavored whiskey is the star of this exciting centennial punch. The recipe requires a homemade pineapple whiskey infusion, coriander-pineapple syrup, and pureed pineapple. Finish it up with caramelized lemon slices, and it's ready for the party.
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Mesmerize party guests with the allure of a beautiful lagoon punch. A mix of lychee and blue curaçao liqueurs, it's a relatively low-proof drink that's similar in strength to wine. When topped with club soda, this three-ingredient punch is a sparkling delight.
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Summer is filled with watermelon, and it's a fantastic fruit for drinks. A nonalcoholic recipe, the watermelon punch combines fresh watermelon juice with homemade raspberry lemonade. Bright and delicious, it's a great option for family barbecues and picnics.Continue to 21 of 25 below.
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Sparkling Nonalcoholic Cranberry Punch
The sparkling nonalcoholic cranberry punch requires just three ingredients plus a few seasonal fruits for the garnish. It mixes up quickly and has a lovely fruity flavor to please kids and adults alike.
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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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Nonalcoholic Sherbet Punch
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
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.Continue to 25 of 25 below.
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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.