• Wed, Dec 19 2012

Holiday Punches: 11 Festive Christmas Party Punch Recipes

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Traditional rum punch is one part sour, two parts sweet, three parts strong and four parts weak. Mix together your parts — lime juice, sugar, rum and water, that is — and serve over ice with a sprinkle of fresh nutmeg on top. That’s all well and good, but if you’re going to go to the trouble of breaking out the punch bowl this holiday season, you may want to opt for something a little fancier, a little more festive and perhaps packed with a little less sugar (heck, maybe even some fresh fruit while we’re at it). These 11 punch recipes should get you inspired.


Red Nose Punch

Interesting... Among other things, this punch calls for fresh cranberries, bourbon -- and beer. GET THE RECIPE, via Saveur

Persimmon Punch

Persimmons have a flavor something like a combination of orange and mango. Add honey or agave nectar, cinnamon and nutmeg for a slight nutty warm flavor. GET THE RECIPE, via Dialect Magazine.

Algonquin Bar Punch

Party like you're Dorothy Parker (well, maybe that's not such a good idea...) with this fresh raspberry, Sloe gin and Jamaican rum punch. GET THE RECIPE, via Bon Appetit

Sherry Season Punch

An impressive, old-fashioned punch made with sherry, whiskey or moonshine, walnut orgeat and (of course) bitters. GET THE RECIPE, via Saveur

Warm Mulled Cranberry Punch

This spicy cranberry punch can be served warm or chilled; add a little club soda or sparkling wine to make it bubble. GET THE RECIPE, via Key Ingredient.

Ginger Hard Apple Cider

Ginger flavored liquor + bourbon (or brandy) + pure maple syrup, bitters and other goodies. GET THE RECIPE, via Foodista

Pomegranate Champagne Punch

So simple -- pomegranate juice, pear nectar, orange liquer (like Grand Marnier) and Champagne. GET THE RECIPE, via Martha Stewart.

Wassail Punch

Wassail punch is a Southern holiday tradition. It's made with bourbon, apple cider and lots of spices. GET THE RECIPE, via The Kitchn.

Ginger Rum Punch

A simple, low-cal champagne and rum punch recipe, using diet giner ale as the base. GET THE RECIPE

Holiday Glogg

Don't let the name put you off of this punch, made with vodka, dry red wine, mulling spices, orange zest, blanched almonds and raisins. GET THE RECIPE, via Marie Claire.

Chatham Artillery Punch

Created in Savannah, Georgia some 200 years ago, Chatham Artillery Punch (the house punch of hte Chatham County Artillery) calls for Catawba wine, rum, gin, brandy, rye, black tea, orange juice, lemon juice, brown sugar and champagne! GET THE RECIPE, via Sugar House Detroit.
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