December is the season of holiday parties, and nothing classes a party up like a killer punch. Since no one wants to spend their own event shaking up cocktails, a punch will let you do all the work in advance, and give you a dramatic centerpiece to boot.
Each of these will make 6-8 servings, depending on how generously you pour; feel free to double, or more, if your party calls for it. Here’s a tip: If you think you’ll go through multiple bowls, mix all the ingredients together without ice and store that punch in backup bottles, sans ice, in the fridge. When your bowl runs low, you’ve got more at the ready — just pour over ice and you’re good to go.
Whiskey and bubbles—could anything be more festive? We like complex, smoky Scotch in this boozy punch, brought together by cinnamon, honey and chocolate bitters. Cava will work fine in terms of sparkling wine, but if you want to use a Champagne-like French cremant (or even Champagne), we're not going to stop you.