19 Party Punch Recipes for All Kinds of Celebrations

Far from the Tree
Photo: Christopher Testani

When you're entertaining, punch is a no-brainer. It allows you to have drinks batched and ready to go, so guests can serve themselves as they please throughout the party. (Plus, it saves you from having to whip up individual cocktails, too.) Spicy margarita punch for hot summer days; citrus-Champagne punch for the holidays; a play on a Dark and Stormy for Halloween. We have party punch recipes for all kinds of occasions, whether you want festive drinks for Christmas or New Year's Eve, or something low-fuss for a casual dinner. Read on for plenty of options so you can start planning your menu.

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Citrus, Brandy and Pineapple Punch

Citrus, Brandy, and Pineapple Punch

This easy brandy cocktail from drinks artisan Chris Harrison is mildly sweet and nicely boozy, with a bit of spice from nutmeg.

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Sunset Punch

Sunset Punch

All you need for this simple punch is bourbon, white vermouth, fresh lemon juice, ginger beer, and simple syrup.

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Sparkling Pomegranate Punch

Sparkling Pomegranate Punch

This bubbly, sweet-tart cocktail combines sparkling wine, dessert wine and deep-red pomegranate juice.

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Rum Punch

Rum Punch

This recipe is easy to multiply for crowds. To ensure that a large batch stays chilled without becoming watery, serve it in a punch bowl set in a larger bowl of crushed ice.

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Kill Devil Punch

Kill Devil Punch

Bartender Phil Ward is obsessed with traditional recipes, which he learns by heart (he has a photographic memory), then tweaks. He cools his Kill Devil Punch with a block of raspberry ice that releases berries into the bowl as it melts.

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Italian Spritz Punch

Italian Spritz Punch
© Tina Rupp

Mixologist Agostino Perrone created this simple sparkling punch. “It would be a great aperitif for a large dinner party,” says Wayne Collins; he recommends serving it in teacups.

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Pisco Punch

Pisco Punch

The Pisco Punch was invented in San Francisco during the late 1800s. One of the drink's key ingredients, pineapple gum syrup, has only recently become available again.

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Pomegranate Punch with Prosecco

Sparkling Pomegranate Punch
© Frances Janisch

When entertaining Maria Helm Sinskey likes to serve refreshing punches like this one, made with tart-sweet pomegranate juice and finished with Prosecco.

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Felicitation Punch

Felicitation Punch

In this pleasantly tart punch, David Wondrich mixes Irish whiskey with gin to mimic the taste of a richer, older style of gin.

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Dark and Stormy Death Punch

Dark and Stormy Death Punch
© David Malosh

This is Grace Parisi's take on the Dark and Stormy, a classic rum and ginger beer drink. Floating in the punch bowl are round ice cubes made with lychee syrup and lychees stuffed with brandied cherries, which have an uncanny resemblance to eyeballs—perfect for Halloween.

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Punch Parker

Punch Parker

Mixologist Allen Katz uses his own Dorothy Parker gin to make this fruity punch.

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Ginger Shandies

Ginger Shandies
© Tina Rupp

These super-easy drinks are made with Hoegaarden, ginger beer, mint and lemon.

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Po Po Punch

Po Po Punch

This citrusy, tiki-style punch is from mixologist Joaquín Simó. It features orange-spiced Ramazzotti Amaro (a bittersweet herbal Italian digestif) and homemade orange cordial.

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Wine Punch with Melon Ice Cubes

Wine Punch with Melon Ice Cubes
© Ryan Dausch

Derek Brown sweetens this Riesling-based punch with honey syrup. Keeping it cool are frozen melon balls, which are fun to eat once they start to thaw.

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Anjou Punch

Anjou Punch
Nicole Franzen

Leo Robitschek makes his perfect holiday punch with warming flavors of pear, cinnamon and citrus.

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Spicy Margarita Punch

Spicy Margarita Punch
© Con Poulos

This recipe from Justin Chapple makes a punch, flavored with jalapeño, cucumber, cilantro, mint, and more, that can also be made as Margarita Jellies.

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Far from the Tree

Far from the Tree
Christopher Testani

Layers of apple flavor, from cold-pressed juice, brandy, hard cider, and fresh apple slices, give this not-too-boozy punch an autumnal feel.

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Grilled Pineapple–Tequila Punch

Grilled Pineapple Poncha Recipe
Greg Dupree

This punch from Paula Disbrowe includes blanco tequila, Ancho Reyes Verde (poblano liqueur), pineapple juice, lime juice, grilled fresh pineapple, and Topo Chico for serving—plus, a few garnishes like jalapeño slices for even more flavor.

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Citrus-Champagne Punch

Citrus-Champagne Punch Recipe
Justin Walker

Inspired by old-school 7-UP sherbet punch, this grown-up version is spiked with piney gin, tart lemon sorbet, and a generous splash of fizzy Champagne. This punch is only as good as the Champagne you use, so splurge on the good stuff!

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