Five Recipes For Festive Party Punch

December 3, 2017

Punch is underrated. It’s super simple to make: you just throw everything in a bowl and stir. So easy in fact, that in this article we aren’t even going to bother telling you the method. Sorry (not sorry).

Listen, everyone has a punch recipe they swear by. And if you don’t by now, you’re about to. Why? Well, because we’re going to tell you some of the undisputed best ones in existence. Try to prove us wrong (spoiler: you can’t).

Since December is the number one month for parties, gatherings and events, pull out your giant glass bowls and get your ladle at the ready. It’s time to make some punch.

Pomegranate Punch

1.5L pomegranate juice
500mL sparkling water
350mL vodka
1 sliced orange
2 cinnamon sticks
Ice cubes
Pomegranate seeds

Pomegranates are basically 95% seeds. And the seeds are 100% deliciousness. They’re sort of like the caviar of fruit; they pop in your mouth and taste like dreams. They also bring a distinctly West-Asian-Middle-Eastern vibe to any recipe. Which is always a welcome addition.

We also added cinnamon to this recipe. Because it is Christmas after all, and Christmas tastes like cinnamon… but not necessarily like vodka. Luckily, we don’t need such excuses to add vodka to a punch recipe.

Pear-Prosecco Punch

750mL pear nectar
750mL cranberry juice
1.5L prosecco
1 sliced pear

On your marks. Get set. Prosecco. This punch has everything – it’s amazingly sweet with a slight bit of acidity from the cranberries. It also has a beautiful pastel pink colour that makes it look like it came out of a Wes Anderson movie.

This is the ultimate wine substitute, so it’s perfect for a dinner party that’s a little bit more than a dinner party. If you like that concept, try pairing this punch with Courtesan au Chocolat.

Peach Punch

100mL simple syrup
Zest and juice of one lemon
750mL rosé
150mL peach schnapps
1 peach
½ lemon
ice cubes
1L tonic water

Peach is one of those fruits that you never think about, but when you’re offered one you’re always like, “heck yeah I’ll have a peach”. Nicolas Cage in Face Off says it best.

For all of you who don’t remember Face Off, it’s a movie where Nicolas Cage is a crime lord who undergoes a medical procedure to switch faces with a hero cop played by John Travolta. The laboratory is destroyed and John is stuck as Nicolas Cage in prison while Nicolas gets to live John Travolta’s life. John escapes and has to try and prove that he’s not Nicholas, while still wearing Nicholas’ face.

None of that has anything to do with this punch recipe, it’s just an awesome movie and you should all watch it. Anyway, this is a rosé-based peach punch. It’s a perfect weekend treat for all of you peach lovers out there. Your guests will say, “heck yeah I’ll have a peach punch”. Probably.

Passionfruit Punch

500mL dark rum
250mL lemon juice
500mL passionfruit juice
100mL simple syrup

In stark contrast to the peach, the passionfruit gets a bit too much attention in our opinion. It’s always lurking at the bottom of a fruit cup waiting for its chance to strike. And come on, the seeds are just a little bit too crunchy for it to be anyone’s favorite fruit. It even has a flashy and dramatic name. Passionfruit. It’s literally named after an overwhelming emotion. That’s why we put it near the bottom of this article, so it doesn’t pull focus from the other punches.

This dark rum-based punch should be served on the hottest of days. It’s got great deep flavours from the rum, amazing sweetness and a nice acidic bite of lemon. Perfect for BBQs or a post-beach cricket get-together.

Purple Punch

750mL grape juice
750mL vodka
100mL lemon juice
50mL simple syrup
750mL blackberry liqueur
Grapes
Mint leaves

Now most of these recipes are a sort of fruit punch. You’ll notice this one is called purple punch. We are aware that purple is not a flavor. This is actually more of a grape punch but we wanted to keep the alliteration, because it’s more fun to say and in our opinion, that’s what punch is all about.

This has a lot of dark and rich flavours, so it’s probably best served indoors and at night. Maybe for an extended family get-together or a big decadent New Year’s Eve party.

There you have it, five punch recipes to take you through the festive season. No matter what kind of fruit catches your fancy, or what kind of spirit you have in your cabinet, we have a punch for anything.

And seriously, watch Face Off, it’s really good guys.