The individual drinks that have adorned this New Year's series are great, but many of us prefer to go the easier, self-serve route when it comes to quenching the thirsts of our party guests. This is where a great punch can come into play. Mix up a large batch, fill a punch bowl, have some on reserve, and enjoy the party for yourself... this is the beauty of the punch.
Note that you will have to adapt these recipes to fit the size of your guest list and punch bowl.
- Sparkling Acai Sangria - We will begin with a simple mix that is only four ingredients deep, but the layers of flavor make it seem far more complex. It is made of VeeV Acai Spirit, elderflower liqueur, orange juice, and your favorite sparkling wine (I like Prosecco here). Don't forget to finish it off with an array of fruits and look for the unique specialty fruit that are in season right now.
- Ginger Snap Punch - I chose this punch because ginger snaps are a favorite treat around the holidays and this Canadian whiskey-based punch is a delightful resemblance to those treats. The whiskey is adorned with pear, ginger, orange, honey, and lemon, which are warmed to fully integrate the flavors (sort of like baking the cookies) before serving it chilled.
- Apricot Sunray - If you are looking to impress (I mean really impress) your guests with a punch that they will be talking about well into the New Year, look no further and just read this list of ingredients. Hennessy Black Cognac, Chandon Brut, apricot liqueur and nectar, lemon and blood orange juices, and apricot, lemon, blood orange, and brandied cherries as the garnish. Enough said.
- Jerry Thomas' Regents Punch - This Champagne, brandy, and rum punch is like turning back the hands of time to the era when the great Jerry Thomas stood behind the bar back in the 1880's. It is as classic of a punch as you will find, filled with an interesting array of ingredients that includes Batavia Arrack, green tea, orange syrup, curacao, and the customary array of fruits.
- Plush Punch - I could not have a list of party punches without including at least one that skips the alcohol and this is a recent creation of mine that I tend to keep bottled in my refrigerator. In it I've mixed cranberry and pomegranate juices with chamomile tea, lemon, and a rosemary simple syrup, then topped it all off with ginger ale (I lean toward Vernor's).
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