10 Delicious Punches for Any Summer Soiree
What does a swanky soiree, a laid-back BBQ, or any pool bash need?
The perfect thirst quencher.
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A glass of lukewarm juice just won’t do at a snazzy get-together, but preparing cocktails is also time consuming and you'd really rather be schmoozing with friends. The solution? Serve a lip-smacking boozy concoction.
Punches are ideal for large get-togethers as they’re easy to whip up, allow you to incorporate juicy, seasonal ingredients, and guests can easily pour themselves another round or two without your help. And while sangrias are pretty tempting party punches don't have to be so predictable.
Need some inspiration? We found 10 luscious libations that pack a…well, you know.
2 oz. Amore Amaretto
2 oz. Jim Beam Red Stag
2 oz. vodka
2 oz. Sho Chiku Bai Sake
1 oz. grenadine
1 oz. lime juice
Fill a punch bowl with ice. Fill a drink shaker with equal parts pineapple and orange juices. Pour into punch bowl. Garnish with fruit.
(Haru Sushi in New York City)
1 bottle dry white wine
9 oz. Voli Light Lemon Vodka
2 pouches Lipton Dragonfruit Peach Iced Tea
3 cups Blueberry Dole Frozen Single-Serve Cups
3 cups Strawberry Dole Frozen Single-Serve Cups
Add all ingredients in a punch bowl with ice. Stir gently and serve.
(Jordan Catapano from This Girl Walks Into A Bar)
Sweet Peach Punch
1 bottle Riesling
6.5 oz. Stirrings Peach Liqueur
6.5 oz. soda water
Combine wine, peach liqueur, and soda water in a large pitcher. Pour over ice. Garnish with diced peaches and/or other fruits of choice.
(The Beach at Dream Downtown in New York City)
½ pint simple syrup
1 pint distilled water
¾ pint lemon juice
1 bottle of Pisco Portón
1 fresh pineapple
Cut a fresh pineapple into squares. Put squares in a bowl of simple syrup to soak overnight. In the morning, mix the rest of the ingredients in a big bowl with ice. Serve.
1 liter Maker’s Mark Bourbon
1 cup granulated sugar
Peels of 3 lemons and 1 orange
Juice of peeled fruit
1 liter of strong tea (preferably green tea)
1 bottle of champagne (club soda can be a substitute)
Freshly grated nutmeg
Combine sugar and peels in the bottom of a punch bowl. Muddle together until sugar starts to clump together. Let it sit for about 2 hours. Brew the tea for 30 minutes, removing loose tea bags. Allow to cool. Add juice, tea, and bourbon. Stir and then top with champagne. Stir again and top with nutmeg.
(Maker's Mark Bourbon)
2 parts Pinnacle Tropical Punch Vodka
1 part DeKuyper Blue Curacao Liqueur
1 part club soda
Splash of grenadine
Blend all ingredients in a pitcher. Serve in glasses with ice. Garnish with lime slices.
Red Flower Punch
2 oz. Absolut Mango
2 oz. Stoli Razberi
2 oz. Strawberry liqueur
2 oz. Peach Schnapps
2 oz. Triple Sec
3 oz. Raspberry puree
8 oz. Lemonade
8 oz. Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice
Combine all ingredients. Pour over ice in a punch bowl. Top with soda water. Garnish with orange slices and maraschino cherries.
(Benihana in New York City)
Summer Blush Punch
1 bottle brut champagne
12. 75 oz. guava puree
8 oz. Dainzu Rose Syrup
5 oz. fresh lime juice
1 bottle of gin
8 oz. fresh pink grapefruit juice
½ oz. bitters
Pour all the ingredients into a punch bowl and stir gently. Garnish with rose petals and berries. Serve over ice.
(Liquid Chef Junior Merino)
White Tea Melon Punch
1 quart iced white tea
1 cup lemon syrup
1 cup lemon juice
1 cup white rum
2 oz. dark rum
1 cup honeydew melon pieces
1 cup orange slices
1 cup lemon sherbet
Combine all ingredients. Let it sit for an hour. Add more ice for serving.
(Cantine Parisienne in New York City)
POG Tiki Punch
1 ½ parts SKYY Infusions Pineapple
1 ½ oz. freshly squeezed orange juice
1 part guava puree
In an ice-filled shaker combine all ingredients, shake, and strain into ice-filled scorpion bowl. Garnish with a floating orchid and pineapple slices.