Punch Recipes for Your Holiday Party

La Patria Punch from Serious Eats

Holiday entertaining means getting out the old punch bowl and filling it up with some cheer! While I still stand by last year’s holiday punch picks, there are so many more delicious and creative ways to get your drink on during the holiday season that I rounded up a few more holiday punches this year, too. Enjoy!

Spiced Persimmon Punch ~ If you’re looking to do something unexpected yet totally appropriate for your holiday punch, this is it. Pear and cranberry usually grab all the fruity attention around the holidays, but persimmons pair just as well with spices … and some brandy and wine. Bonus: Persimmons are pretty!

Sparkling Rum and Pomegranate Punch ~ Tart pomegranate and lime juice balances well with aged Jamaican rum and a splash of orange bitters for a pleasing punch. Keep it cold with a gorgeous pomegranate-and-lime ice block. Festive!

La Patria Punch ~ Cognac, fruit, and sparkling wine. There is no way you can go wrong with that combination. This simple recipe dates back to 1862, so you can feel like you’re a part of history as you dip into the punch bowl one more time.

Hot Gingerbread Punch~ Dark beer + dark rum + lots of spices give = gingerbread flavor. Add a dollop of whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon to turn this hot punch into a drinkable Christmas gift.

Italian Sparkling Citrus Punch ~ With all the holiday buffets and Christmas cookies, this light and refreshing lemon and prosecco punch could be just the thing. Top it off with a few lemon twists as a garnish and it’s time to party.

Halloween Cocktails and Punch

Full Moon Punch from Chow

There are plenty of Halloween cocktails and punches that basically taste like candy with sugar on top. Nothing wrong with that, if it’s your jam, but it’s a little harder to find drink recipes for a Halloween party that are more like what you’d order in a bar. Here are some cocktail and punch recipes that keep it spooky without a ton of sugar, artificial coloring, and syrupy liqueurs.

Satan’s Whiskers ~ Sure, it’s all orange and fall looking. But it’s also evil. Evil, I say! Gin, sweet and dry vermouth, orange juice, Grand Marnier, and some orange bitters make for a tasty drink.

The Obituary Cocktail ~ This one is basically a gin martini with a little absinthe. Sounds good doesn’t it? If you use absinthe that’s green, it gives the drink a little bit of a zombie-skin/monster hue.

Great Pumpkin ~ This creamy drink is made with pumpkin ale, applejack, and rye along with an egg and maple syrup. So even if the Great Pumpkin doesn’t appear in your pumpkin patch this year, you won’t mind.

Flaming Tiki Pumpkin Punch ~ A rummy, spiced, Tiki creation served in a pumpkin and then set ablaze? OK, that sounds like a good way to celebrate Halloween.

Full Moon Punch ~ Blood red punch with a little sweetness and spice … and a lot of kick. Sure, it’s spooky. But it’s also a good way to use homemade falernum.