No Christmas party would be complete without a festive bowl of holiday punch, so spread some good cheer and make spirits bright with these festive holiday drink ideas to serve a crowd. Whatever your flavor preference, you can find the perfect thirst-quencher to satisfy guests at your next holiday bash. To make these drink recipes kid-friendly, simply omit the alcohol.
Port of Call Punch
Gullo's muddling technique draws complex flavors from the lemon, making the beverage floral, bracing, and irresistible. A sprinkling of grated nutmeg on top adds a warm, soothing, fragrant layer to the punch, which is remarkably complex-flavored despite having only 6 ingredients. Ruby port has spent less time cask-aging than tawny port, and so is a little sweeter and fruitier, perfect in this recipe. This drink has a lower alcohol content than standard cocktails, a great quality in a punch that's meant to refresh as much as relax.
Cran-Raspberry-Vanilla PunchThis festive punch is a great non-alcoholic choice. Be sure to add the raspberry sorbet right before you serve this to guests, and notice how the sorbet adds a tremendous amount of beautiful color to this bright and fruity drink.
Montgomery PunchThis recipe comes from a cookbook by the Junior League of Montgomery, Alabama, where the punch is a town staple. Don't forget the festive ice ring!
Sparkling Pomegranate Punch
There's no better time to break out the punch bowl, and this fizzy, fruity cocktail will help everyone get into the holiday spirit.
White Cranberry-Citrus PunchThis light, spirited punch is perfect for your health-conscious holiday guests. A serving has less than 100 calories, but packs a punch with sweet citrus and tart cranberry flavors.
Citrusy Gin and Blood Orange PunchIf the word "punch" makes you think of old-fashioned, too-sweet concoctions, this drink will be a revelation. The mix of oils and other citrus flavors that come from the muddling gives amazing body to the final drink.
Cane Syrup Milk PunchBittersweet cane syrup takes the edge off of this bourbon-lovers' New Orleans-style frozen punch. Make it ahead, and freeze for up to a week.
Holiday PunchThis economical, booze-free punch is great for serving at the kids' table or guests who avoid alcohol. An ice ring filled with strawberries and mint makes for a festive presentation.
Sparkling Rum PunchYou'll send smiles all around when these bubbly signature cocktails are offered at your festive fete. Garnish with sprigs of rosemary for an elegant touch.
Pear Punch SparklerThis sparkling punch is bursting with juicy pear flavor. The trio of pear nectar, pear vodka, and fresh sliced pears will send you straight to a holiday pear-adise. (Sorry, we couldn't resist!)
Hot Bourbon-Orange Tea ToddyThis warm reviver can be served before or after dinner.
Poinsettia PunchInspired by the quintessential Christmas plant, Poinsettia Punch is the 4-ingredient cocktail you need to try this holiday season. Garnish with mint leaves and fresh cranberries to mimic the colors of the poinsettia.
Whiskey Sour PunchThis boozy punch conjures up memories of the classic cocktail featuring bourbon, lemon juice, and sugar. Fresh orange juice adds an extra hit of citrusy sweetness, ensuring this one will be a winner with the cocktail enthusiasts at your party.
Lemon-Gin Fizzy PunchWe prefer a more botanical-tasting gin like Bristow in this punch.
Sorghum-Cider PunchFizzy hard cider and spicy ginger ale add a subtle effervescence. Start with chilled beverages so it's nice and refreshing, and consider adding a decorative ice ring to keep it that way.
Southern Russian PunchTry Cathead Hoodoo Chicory Liqueur from Jackson, Mississippi, to boost the bold chicory flavor. If you can't find chicory coffee, use any strong brewed coffee to make this riff on a White Russian. Rim the cups in turbinado sugar before ladling in the punch.
Lemon-Lime-Rosemary PunchThis refreshing citrus punch is a perfect and festive addition to a holiday spread.
Spiced WineThis soothing drink is a riff on warm German spiced wine.
Texas Santa PunchUse no-sugar-added pomegranate juice and dry sparkling wine so the punch won't be too sweet. Freshly squeezed lime juice is best. Float frozen cranberries and an ice ring in the punch bowl for a festive chill.
Spiced Mulled WineOven-drying orange slices gives them a longer shelf life, which is ideal for gift-giving. For a sweet homespun touch, hand-write the recipe on an old-fashioned recipe card.
Mulled Pomegranate and Red Wine PunchIf you're throwing a big holiday party and your stove is full, use a slow cooker to simmer up this tangy mulled wine. Set up the slow-cooker in the kitchen or on a dining table, and let guests serve themselves.
Apple-Ale WassailCozy up by the fire with a warm mug of Apple-Ale Wassail. This English holiday drink is made with apple-ale and flavored with allspice, cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom.