Punch up Your Holidays with Holiday Punch

Festive holiday punch from Batch 22!

If you’re planning to host or entertain a group this holiday season, you might want to have an easy non-beer/non-wine option available as well. Well, we think there’s no better option for serving cocktails to a large group than the holiday punch bowl. Mix up a big batch, set it out, and let your guests enjoy it as they wish. Punches are great for a number of reasons, not least of which is the fact that they can be mostly assembled ahead, they are accessible to people of all tastes, and they really embody the festive and communal spirits of the holidays.

Here are six great punch recipes we developed exclusively for group entertaining, each made greater by the inclusion of Batch 22 as a base spirit. We’ll leave the garnishing and decorating of the punch bowl to you, but you might want to think about freezing some fun ingredients into ice cubes or a large ice mold (bundt pans work well) and/or floating some interesting garnishes in the holiday punch itself. You can use different garnishes for different occasions, and you can even adapt some of your ingredients to fit the season, holiday, or special event you are celebrating.

New Year’s Punch (serves about 15-20)

New Year’s Eve is always a time for celebration with friends and family. This simple punch recipe is easy to make, serves a crowd, and provides a tasty way to toast the beginning of any new year.

Ingredients

  • 1 Bottle Batch 22
  • 2 Bottles Prosecco or Sparkling Rose
  • ¼ cup Rosemary syrup
  • 2 cups Lemonade
  • 12 (or so) Shakes of Orange Bitters
  • Mix of Sliced Citrus (blend lemon, lime, grapefruit, and orange)
  • Mix all ingredients in a punch bowl with ice.

Winter Punch (about 15-20 servings)

This holiday punch highlights the beauty of Fall fruits like cranberry and pomegranate and features a few shots of extra-warming rye whiskey just for good measure.

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle Batch 22 Classic Gold
  • 3 cups cranberry juice, chilled
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice, chilled
  • 2 shots of rye whiskey
  • 1 1/2 cups chilled ginger ale
  • 1/4 cup Simple Syrup
  • 1 bottle prosecco, chilled

Directions:

Mix all ingredients, except prosecco, in a large punch bowl with ice and garnishes. When ready to serve, add prosecco and stir gently to combine.

Good Cheer Punch (about 15-20 servings)

This punch recipe is based on a classic Southern Planter’s Punch, which evokes some of the traditional sweet-tea flavors of the American South. Tea, rum, and citrus make this an especially sweet but satisfying glassful for festive occasions.

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle Batch 22 Classic Gold
  • 1.5 cups dark rum
  • 1 large Firepot tea bag 4 cups boiling water
  • 10 fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • Float lemon wedges/wheels along with other garnishes

Directions

Pour 4 cups of boiling water over tea bag and mint leaves. Steep 5-10 minutes, then remove tea bag and add sugar. Mix to dissolve. Allow to cool.

In a punch bowl, combine Batch 22, rum, pineapple juice, lemon juice, and orange juice. Add cooled tea. (Add ice to individual serving glasses.) Garnish with lemon wedge and mint.

Kickoff Punch (about 12-15 servings)

The original Mule cocktail was named for the spicy “kick” it gets from the addition of ginger beer. Here’s a great Mule punch that your guests will surely get a kick out of. We originally developed this recipe for Super Bowl Sunday, but it works equally as well for any special gathering.

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle Batch 22 Classic Gold
  • 1 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice (or Rose’s lime, which will be sweeter)
  • 12 dashes of angostura bitters
  • 5 cups Ginger Beer
  • Garnish with fresh mint sprigs and/or lime wheels

Directions

Mix all ingredients (except ginger beer) in a punch bowl with ice and garnishes Add ginger beer last.

Garnish individual glasses with mint leaves or lime wheels, if desired.

Packa Punch (about 15-20 servings)

This fruity, sparkling, lemonade-based punch is dangerously easy to drink, but it’s also bursting with vitamin C! Boost your immunity while you sip!

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle Batch 22 Classic Gold
  • 1 bottle sparkling rosé prosecco, chilled
  • 4 cups bottled strawberry lemonade, chilled
  • 1 cup fresh grapefruit juice
  • 2 tablespoons agave syrup
  • 1⁄2 cup quartered thin grapefruit slices, plus more for garnish
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries, plus more for garnish

Directions

Combine all ingredients (except prosecco) in a large pitcher or punch bowl; stir well. Add prosecco and mix gently. Serve over ice, garnished with additional quartered grapefruit slices and sliced strawberries.

Garland Punch (about 20 servings)

Batch 22 loves cranberry juice, and this punch recipe is a riff on a classic Cape Codder, with the addition of a sparkling component. The cranberries and orange evoke some of the elements on a classic holiday wreath or garland, but as a punch, they taste extra great!

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle Batch 22 Classic Gold
  • 1 bottle prosecco
  • 6 cups cranberry juice
  • 1/2 cup triple sec or orange liqueur
  • Orange slices, lime slices, and whole cranberries for garnish

Directions

Mix ingredients (except prosecco) in a large bowl with ice. Add prosecco and gently stir to combine.

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